Civil War Round Table with Guest Lecturer John Fazio

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Our topic: The twin battles of The Wilderness and Spotsylvania (May 5-19, 1864). Learn how these fights arguably constitute the true turning point of the Civil War, extinguishing the possibility that the Confederacy could ever win. Union General Grant promised Lincoln there would be no retreat and meant it: “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer," he wired General-in-Chief Henry Halleck in Washington, DC. And he did.

Guest speaker John Fazio is a popular historian and the acclaimed author of Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln.

The General Charles H. Grosvenor Civil War Round Table of Athens, Ohio has met since 1986. For more info about the Round Table, visit

Co-sponsored by the Civil War Round Table and the Friends of the Athens Public Library.