Meet the Civil War commodore

Learn about Commodore John Carter, skipper of the USS Wolverine during the American Civil War, at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about Commodore John Carter, skipper of the USS Wolverine during the American Civil War, at Mentor Public Library.

We don’t talk much of Lake Erie’s role in the American Civil War. That’s because, for the most part, it didn’t have one.

However, it almost played a decisive role in the war. In 1864, Confederates attempted to commandeer the iron-hulled USS Michigan and use it against the Union.

Fortunately, the plan was foiled.

You can find out how during a special program at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 11. at our Main Branch.

Historical re-enactor Ed Keyse will tell you the story while in character as Commodore John C. Carter, the skipperof the Michigan.

The talk is free and open to everyone. You can sign up online or by calling the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

If you’re interested in Civil War history, some of the previous talks in our Civil War series with James A. Garfield National Historic Site can be viewed online in their entirety:

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