Montana and the West During the Civil War

 

PRESENTER: Dale Martin, Montana State University History Department

DATES & TIMES:  
PART 1: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

PART 2: Tuesday, March. 17, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade, Montana


COURSE INFO:

MSUWonderlust Spr15-PRINT Page 20 Image 0001Part 1: Civil War in the East and Precious Metals in the West
Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

While battles between uniformed Union and Confederate forces in the West were very rare, there were other, much larger influences and consequences of the Civil War across the West. The mining of gold and silver in half a dozen states and territories, including Montana, was vital to U.S. government finances. In contrast, the Confederacy did not have access to significant amounts of precious metals. Thus, many in the West feared that Confederate forces or sympathizers would try to seize mines or shipments of gold and silver. Join us to explore little known connections between the Civil War in the East and the metal-rich West.

 

 

MSUWonderlust Spr15-PRINT Page 20 Image 0002Part 2: The Civil War and American Indian - Settler Relations in the West
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Wartime circumstances increased tensions and violence between Native Americans and settlers protected by the distracted U.S. government. The replacement of federal regular troops in the West by volunteers from California and the territories resulted in especially brutal actions toward the Indians, including several notorious massacres and campaigns. A revolt by the Dakota (Sioux) in Minnesota in 1862 led two years later to battles and skirmishes just east of Montana Territory. Discover the ripple effects of the Civil War in Indian-settler relations across the West.

CLASS FORMAT: Lecture

COURSE MATERIALS: NA

INSTRUCTOR BIO: NA

COST: Please call Belgrade Community Library (388-4346) during    open hours: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon–Thur.; 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

 

Wonderlust Lecture Series at Belgrade Community Library

 

The Wonderlust Lecture Series at Belgrade Community Library is free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank. This Lecture Series will address two general topics, with two lectures per topic. Each lecture is designed to be self-contained, so interested persons are invited to register for individual lectures.

 

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