JAMES GARFIELD & THE CIVIL WAR/CLEVELAND IN WORLD WAR II
Daniel Vermilya, author of James Garfield and the Civil War and Brian Albrecht and James Banks, authors of Cleveland in World War II will talk about their books at Mac's Backs on Tuesday, November 10th at 7 p.m.
When the United States was divided by war, future president James Abram Garfield was one of many who stepped forward to defend the Union. While his presidency was tragically cut short by his assassination, Garfield's historic life covered some of the most consequential years of American history. From humble beginnings in Northeast Ohio, he rose to become a major general in the Union army. Garfield's military career took him to the backwoods of Kentucky, the fields of Shiloh and Chickamauga and ultimately to the halls of Congress. His service during the war helped to save the Union he would go on to lead as president
Daniel J. Vermilya is a Civil War historian who currently works as a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has previously worked at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, where he is also a licensed battlefield guide. In 2012, he was awarded the first Joseph L. Harsh Memorial Scholar Award by the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He is a native of Kirtland, Ohio, and has previously worked as a volunteer for the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.
Through interviews and archival material, authors Brian Albrecht and James Banks honor a time when Clevelanders of all stripes answered the World War II call to arms. Clevelanders did their duty and more, from round-the-clock work on the factory assembly lines to the four Medal of Honor recipients on the front lines. The Cleveland Bomber Plant churned out thousands of B-29 parts, while Auto-Ordnance Co. developed the design for the Thompson submachine guns used by GIs on nearly every battlefield. Indians pitcher Bob Feller left the game to go into the service, and Clarence Jamison flew with the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
Brian Albrecht was born in East Cleveland and has lived most of his life in the Greater Cleveland area. The graduate of Ohio State University has worked at the Plain Dealer as a reporter and editor for thirty-five years. James Banks retired from fulltime teaching at Cuyahoga Community College in 1998. Prior to his retirement, he produced several documentaries shown locally and on PBS affiliates.