Also in Ashland Library the following Wednesday
After his only term in Congress ended in 1849, Abraham Lincoln looked to incoming President Zachary Taylor for a position in government—and was offered the governorship of the Oregon Territory. Though his wife vetoed that move, Lincoln kept Oregon on his mind and had a strong influence on our development in the years leading up to and during the Civil War. Re-enactments are common in Oregon these days, though no Civil War battles were fought here; but it’s a mistake to think that Oregon had no role in the Civil War. This presentation will illustrate that role, and explore the ways that Southern Oregon and its people and places played a part in that national conflict.
Paul Christy is a Medford resident and a retired executive with the federal government. He spent forty years living and working in the Washington, DC area, and volunteered with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Building Museum, where he led visitors on tours through Civil War and American Presidential collections. He has a Master’s Degree in Economics and is currently completing a historical novel on Civil War clandestine operations.
Photo: The Ashland-based Mountain Rangers were a home-guard militia that patrolled the Siskiyou Mountains during the later part of the Civil War. SOHS #6319