The lives of three Civil War-era Williams College graduates will be detailed in a free lecture Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., at the Williamstown Historical Museum located in the Milne Public Library.
Local historian Dusty Griffin will highlight the careers of James A. Garfield, Ranald Slidell Mackenzie and Samuel Chapman Armstrong. All three rose to the rank of general during the Civil War.
Garfield went on to become the 20th president of the United States; Mackenzie acquired a reputation as perhaps the best "Indian fighter" on the western frontier in the 1870s, and Armstrong served as the founding head of what became Hampton University, one of the earliest historically black colleges in the country.
The lecture is the first in the museum’s 2012-2013 series. Griffin is the curator of the museum’s current exhibit, "Williamstown in the Civil War," which closes on Sept. 22.
The WHM is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment arranged by calling (413) 458-2160.