PAGES IN THE PARLOR: MICHIGAN AT ANTIETAM
Of all the notable battles of the Civil War, none can match Antietam in terms of sheer carnage. For Michigan, the losses were extraordinarily high. One regiment lost nearly half its strength at the epicenter of the struggle, where soldiers and civilians from Michigan played crucial roles in the battle linked by history to President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation soon after.
Co-author Jack Dempsey will speak about the new book, Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State's Sacrifice on America's Bloodiest Day, at the third in the four-part "Pages in the Parlor" book talk series, to be held 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at the Governor Warner Mansion, Farmington’s local-history house museum. Dempsey is president of the Michigan Historical Commission and a Plymouth Township trustee.
The event will be held indoors in the Warner Mansion living room and is free and open to the public. Following the presentation will be a Q&A session, as well as an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.
As a bonus feature, Civil War tunes will be played live on the Warner Mansion’s grand piano for the 15 minutes leading up to the presentation, beginning at 6:45 p.m.
The Governor Warner Mansion is located at 33805 Grand River Avenue, two blocks west of Farmington Road. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/governor.mansion or call the Farmington City Clerk’s Office at 248-474-5500, ext. 2225.