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  • National Underground Railroad Conference - July 28-31, 2010

    National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program

    Topeka to Host 4th Annual National Underground Railroad Conference - July 28-31, 2010

    As the
    United States expanded westward, theKansasTerritory became a key battleground betweenfree states and slave states over the issue of slavery.  Amidst this tense sectional conflict, the plight of enslaved individuals became a dramatic opportunity in the fight for freedom.  Prior to the Civil War, antislavery settlers along the Kansas-Missouri border and other “Free Staters” operated the Underground Railroad.  Diane Miller, National Program manager of the National Park Service (NPS) National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program said, “The conference will shed light on how the Underground Railroad in the West influenced the national and territorial struggle to bringKansas into theUnion—whether slave or free. Through exploration of these local histories, conference participants will make connections to a larger national story with global significance.” 


    The conference will take place at the Capitol Plaza Hotel inTopeka.  The public is invited to a pre-conference screening of Negroes for Hire, a documentary about slavery inMissouri which will take place at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library onJuly 27, 2010 at7:00 pm.  Film directors Gary Jenkins, J.D. and Jimmy Johnson PhD, will discuss the film in the context of their slave/slaveholder frontier settler families.  The public may register for pre and post conference tours which will give participants an opportunity to visit Underground Railroad sites throughout easternKansas. Conference registrants are invited to an opening reception at the Kansas Historical Society recognizing efforts to preserve Underground Railroad history and heritage such as the newly signedKansas legislation designating a portion of Highway 75 the "Lane Freedom Trail." The conference exhibit hall at theCapitalPlaza will showcase Underground Railroad history and commemorative efforts from across the country, art projects depicting stories of the Underground Railroad created byTopeka areaFreedomSchool students, and conference related materials which will be available for purchase.


    The annual conference is sponsored by the Network to Freedom.  Through shared leadership with local, state, and federal entities, as well as interested individuals and organizations, the Network to Freedom promotes the preservation and interpretation of resources associated with the Underground Railroad community. Conference planning was undertaken by the Kansas Network to Freedom Program and a nation-wide planning committee that worked together with cosponsors of this year’s conference. Event hosts include:Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Visit Topeka, Inc., Kansas Historical Society, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Brown Foundation, and the Organization of American Historians. Previous conferences have been held inGeorgetown,KY;Philadelphia,PA; andIndianapolis,IN. To register for the conference and for detailed information about conference events, tours, and hotel information visit

  • 2010 Civil War Institute to Host Actor Stephen Lang

    2010 Civil War Institute to Host Actor Stephen Lang

    and the Musical Performance Civil War Voices

    July 2, 20107:00 p.m.

    GettysburgCollegeUnionBuilding Ballroom


    The closing event for the 28th Annual Civil War Institute Conference atGettysburgCollege will be a two-part presentation featuring a stirring musical production followed by a dramatic narration by one ofAmerica’s renowned actors of stage and screen, Stephen Lang.


    The evening will begin with Civil War Voices, a musical that tells the compelling true life stories of five individuals who lived during the Civil War. Joe Harris was a cotton planter fromAlabama with a conflicted conscience. The discovery of the existence of his Civil War diary inspired the play. Elizabeth Keckley was born a slave, bought her freedom, and became Mary Todd Lincoln's closest friend and personal assistant in the White House. Theo and Harriet Perry were a young, married couple fromTexas, who were separated by the war. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a college professor fromMaine, who enlisted to fight for theUnion.


    These intensely human stories, taken from diaries and letters, along with new arrangements of traditional melodies of the period by composer Mark Hayes create a passionate musical experience, allowing the audience a unique peek into the past. Created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Civil War Voices will be a part of events across the county asAmerica remembers the war that very nearly split her apart. For more information, go to


    The second part of the evening will feature actor Stephen Lang. Lang is well known for his performances in the moviesGettysburg and Gods and Generals and most recently for his riveting portrayal of Colonel Miles Quaritch in the blockbuster hit Avatar. Mr. Lang will read excerpts from the recently produced CD Gettysburg. This brand new audio tour and guide presents a gripping journey through the Gettysburg Battlefield. It is based on the works of renowned historian and author, Gabor Boritt. For over thirty years, Boritt has given tours to luminaries ranging from Charlton Heston to the President of theUnited States - and many others. Now this unique experience is brought to thousands more through Stephen Lang's performance of the battle story andLincoln's nation-changing address. Come see this amazing combination of talent as one ofAmerica’s great actors brings to life the work of one ofGettysburg’s great historians.Gettysburg is adapted and produced by filmmaker Jake Boritt. The performance will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing. More information will be available at in late June.


    The event is free and open to the general public. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at6:30 p.m.


    Sponsored by the Civil War Institute atGettysburgCollege and thePennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

  • Camp Nelson- Blow Ye The Trumpet, Blow!

    The Camp Nelson Foundation and theJessamine County Fiscal Court in partnership with the Bluegrass Arts Association present: BLOW YE THE TRUMPET, BLOW! June 5 & 6, 2010, a docudrama comissioned through a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Written byDonna Phillips & Georgie Riddell


    During the American Civil War brave African-American men, women and children escaped to union camps for a chance at freedom.  BLOW YE THE TRUMPET, BLOW! is a work of historical fiction based on the affidavit of Private Joseph Miller, a union soldier with the U.S. Colored Infantry who resided with his wife and children atCamp Nelson.  In the winter of 1864 General Fry commanded the Negro women and children be removed fromCamp Nelson.  The tragedy that unfolded as a result of General Fry's cruelty, changed history.  You are guaranteed to laugh and cry as you experience a day in the lives of the African-Americans who took refuge atCamp Nelson during such terrible times.  The drama includes beautiful hymns, spirituals and slave songs from the era. Private Joseph Millier and his family are interred atCamp Nelson. For tickets go to


    During the American Civil War brave African-American men, women and children escaped to union camps for a chance at freedom. BLOW YE THE TRUMPET, BLOW! is a work of historical fiction based on the affidavit of Private Joseph Miller, a union soldier with the U.S. Colored Infantry who resided with his wife and children atCamp Nelson. In the winter of 1864 General Fry commanded the Negro women and children be removed fromCamp Nelson. The tragedy that unfolded as a result of General Fry's cruelty changed history. You are guaranteed to laugh and cry as you experience a day in the lives of the African-Americans who took refuge atCamp Nelson during such terrible times. The drama includes beautiful hymns, spirituals and slave songs from the era. Private Joseph Miller and his family are interred atCamp Nelson. For tickets go to


  • New York Civil War Round Table- Baroness/Lincoln Award for 2009

    The Civil War Round Table of New York Presents The Barondess/Lincoln Award For 2009 to The New-York Historical Society for its Exhibit, “LINCOLNANDNEWYORK

    On March 10, 2010, the Civil War Round Table of New York, in its 59th year of continuous operation, presented the prestigious BARONDESS/LINCOLN AWARD for the 49th consecutive year to The New-York Historical Society for its Exhibit, “LINCOLNAND NEW YORK.”  

    The 2009 BARONDESS/LINCOLN AWARD was presented at the Round Table’s 537st meeting by Len Rehner, Past President of the CWRT of New York and Chairman of the Awards Committee, and Charles Mander, Current President.  Accepting the award for the The New-York Historical Society were three recipients: Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and Chief Executive Officer; Harold Holzer, Chief Historian; and Richard Rabinowitz, Chief Curator for the Exhibit.
    The BARONDESS/LINCOLN AWARD was established in 1960.  Dr. Barondess was a distinguished charter member and former vice president of the Civil War Round Table of New York, and this award is presented in his memory.  These awards, in the form of a copy of a bust ofLincoln, is given annually “to any person or institution and for any contribution to the greater appreciation of the life and works of Abraham Lincoln.”  Previous winners have included Doris Kearns Goodwin, Craig Symonds, Gabor Boritt, William Gienapp, William C. Davis, Gary Wills, William Safire, and Gore Vidal, just to name a few.

    In its blockbuster exhibit, “LINCOLNAND NEW YORK,” Awards-Committee Chairman Len Rehner described to the audience how “Lincoln can be seen and felt through the incredible artifacts and memorabilia on display.”  He explained how “This evocative show takes one back in time to the visitLincoln paid to New York in February, 1860 to deliver his Presidential credentials speech at the Cooper Union.  Room after room reveals theNew York City of then and the political whirl over the impending Presidential election.  You step into another dimension—be it a saloon with its spittoons or the handbills advertising the excitement of this new man’s appearance.”


    A preeminent educational and research institution, The New-York Historical Society is home toNew York City’s oldest museum and one of the nation’s most distinguished independent research libraries.  Founded in 1804, the Society is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs and fostering research that reveals the dynamism of history and its influence on today’s world.  Its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art, and other materials documenting the history of theUnited States as seen through the prism of New York City and New York State.

    Named President and Chief Executive Officer of The New-York Historical Society in 2004, Dr. Louise Mirrer holds a Ph.D in Spanish and Humanities fromStanford University and has over 20 years of experience as an academic administrator, most recently serving as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academics at CUNY.  An eminent scholar in her field, Dr. Mirrer has published widely on language, literature, medieval studies, and women’s studies, both books and articles, in Spanish and English.  Her most recent book is Women, Jews, and Muslims in the Reconquest Castile.

    One of the leading public historians in theUnited States with over thirty years of experience in creating new museums, exhibits, media presentations, and educational programs, Richard Rabinowitz is the founder and president since 1980 of the American History Workshop.  A scholar of American social and religious history, Dr. Rabinowitz has taught at Harvard, Skidmore and Scripps colleges.  His book, The Spiritual Self in Everyday Life: The Transformation of Personal Religious Experience in Nineteenth-Century New England has been recognized as a “thoughtful analysis of what it has meant to be religious inAmerica.”  An award-winning museum and exhibit planner, Dr. Rabinowitz graduated summa cum laude fromHarvard College and received his Ph.D in History of American Civilization fromHarvard University.  

    A prolific writer and lecturer and a frequent guest on television, Harold Holzer was Co-Chairman of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  He has authored or co-authored over thirty books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.  He is the 2005 winner of the Lincoln Prize, perhaps the most prestigious award in the field, for Lincoln at Cooper Union (2004); four Barondess/Lincoln Awards from the Civil War Round Table of New York; the coveted Nevins-Freeman Award from the Civil War Round Table of Chicago; and three Awards of Achievement from the Lincoln Group ofNew York.  Educated at the City University of New York, he is currently senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art inNew York City.


    Founded in 1951, The Civil War Round Table of New York generally meets the second Wednesday of the month from September to June. Members assist each other with research, discuss preservation strategy for endangered battlefield, and listen to a distinguished speaker talk about a particular aspect of the war. For the year 2009/2010, the meeting location will be the 3 West Club,3 West 51st Street in Manhattan.

    For more information on the Civil War Round Table of New York, please contact The Civil War Round Table of New York at our mailing address:139-33 250 th Street, Rosedale, New York 11422.  Or, if you prefer, call 718-341-9811, or email us atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Check out our website at


    A number of years ago, Dr. Mark D. Zimmerman was attempting to negotiate the purchase of a Roman death mask at an antique store.  Hanging nearby was a plaster mask the origin of which no one seemed to know other than it had been included in a large estate sale whose contents were not well documented. As it turned out, it happened to be the mask of Abraham Lincoln.

    After several years of Internet searches and endless phone calls to private individuals, major museums, private collections, and many other sources, Dr. Zimmerman realized that this mask was an authentic 19th century cast from the original 1860 Leonard Wells Volk life mask.  The mask was evaluated at a major university archival research center.  Comparisons were made with their own authentic Lincoln Plaster Mask, and the facial markings, structure and measurements necessary to provide authenticity were exact.  

    Dr. Zimmerman took the plaster cast to the Bronzart foundry inSarasota, Florida, and they carefully reproduced the exact mask in bronze from the plaster using the “lost wax technique.”  The Bronze mask weighs approximately 15 pounds with the base of polished black absolute granite weighing 14 pounds.  Abraham Lincoln’s exact signature is inscribed in the front of the base.  The face swivels on a brass pin imported fromItaly.  The total height is approximately 15 inches and the mask alone is 12.5 inches.

    Through his generosity, Dr. Zimmerman donated these pieces of art to the Civil War Round Table of New York to be used as the Barondess/Lincoln Award.


    The Camp Nelson Foundation and the Jessamine County Fiscal Court in partnership with the Bluegrass Arts Association present: BLOW YE THE TRUMPET, BLOW! a docudrama comissioned through a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Written byDonna Phillips & Georgie Riddell


    During the American Civil War brave African-American men, women and children escaped to union camps for a chance at freedom.  BLOW YE THE TRUMPET, BLOW! is a work of historical fiction based on the affidavit of Private Joseph Miller, a union soldier with the U.S. Colored Infantry who resided with his wife and children at Camp Nelson.  In the winter of 1864 General Fry commanded the Negro women and children be removed from Camp Nelson.  The tragedy that unfolded as a result of General Fry's cruelty, changed history.  You are guaranteed to laugh and cry as you experience a day in the lives of the African-Americans who took refuge at Camp Nelson during such terrible times.  The drama includes beautiful hymns, spirituals and slave songs from the era. Private Joseph Millier and his family are interred at Camp Nelson. For tickets go to

  • Putting the Heritage Back in the Annual Railway Festival- Historic Manassas, VA


    HMI Poised to Put the Heritage Back in the Annual Railway Festival

    Manassas, Virginia

    In 1861, the First Battle of Manassas, also known as the First Battle of Bull Run and the first major land battle of the American Civil War, was fought near a railroad crossing called Manassas Junction. The Second Battle of Manassas was in and around
    Manassas on August 28-30 1862. This made Manassas Junction a strategic position of the Civil War, with rails leading toRichmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the Shenandoah Valley. Despite these two Confederate victories, Manassas Junction was in Union hands for most of the war.   A station has existed here since the original rail line was constructed by the Orange & Alexandria RR, playing a critical part of both battles, and the site of the first Military Railroad in theUnited States. Formerly a Southern Railway passenger station, the depot is now the signature icon of Old Town Manassas, acting not only as a busy stop for daily Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express commuter trains, but home to the Old Town Visitor Center and the James and Marion Payne Railroad Heritage Gallery.

    Now in its 16th year, the Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival was originally created to celebrateand educate on the rich railroad history thatManassas has to offer. Over the year’s, the event has become known as “train day” to area families anticipating an entire day focused on the Railroad. With the approaching 150th anniversary of the 1st Battle of Manassas in 2011, Historic Manassas, Inc. is pleased to announce that, this year, a large scale Civil War weekend will surround the Heritage Railway Festival on June 5.

    Beginning Friday, June 4, living history exhibitions will begin setting up on the lawn of theManassas Museum as a part of the larger annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival in Old Town on June 5th. Living historians, authors, and both Union and Confederate re-enactors will be present in camps for public inspection.  Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry drill demonstrations are being planned throughout the day.  Period sutlers vending Civil War memorabilia and provisions will be on site, and period music will include groups such as Evergreen Shade, South Fork and the Chantleers. A special performance by the Mosby Players with Jim Wass and Company will round out the evening, with music and instruction for a 1861 Period Community Dance from6 to 8 o’clock Saturday evening.


    This year’s Heritage Railway Festival will be held from10am until4pm around the Old Town Manassas train depot and the Loy E. Harris Pavilion on Saturday, June 5. Once again, the festival will feature elaborate model train displays, the much anticipated VRE Excursion Train to Clifton and back sponsored by Northwest Federal Credit Union at Signal Hill, live entertainment on the main stage featuring the Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band, a kids’ stage with both professional and local talent powered by Radio Disney, food concessions, rides, and vendors of “railroadania”.  Admission to the Heritage Railway Festival and Civil War Weekend is free, and theManassas Museum will also have free admission that day. There is plenty of free parking inOld Town’s multi-story parking garage, conveniently located next to the festival atMain and Prince William Streets. Bring the whole family and enjoy a wonderful day celebrating our area’s rich railroad history!


    The Railway Festival signals the beginning of an exciting season of events and activities scheduled for Old Town Manassas. Sunday, June 20th is the 6th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival on Father’s Day, and “CelebrateAmerica”, Manassas’ 4th of July celebration features one of the largest fireworks displays inNorthern Virginia. For more information on these and other events in Old Town Manassas, please visit the community calendar on the HMI website at

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    Phone- (703) 361-6599
  • 145th Anniversary - Lee's Surrender

    Appomattox Commemorates the 145th Anniversary of Lee’s Surrender with a Series of Special Events


    Appomattox, Va. – A number of commemorative events are planned for the 145th anniversary of the surrender of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House onApril 9, 1865.


    “This year, we are especially excited to have two groups hosting unique events to commemorate this historic moment in American history,” said Will Simmons, Director of Tourism for the Town ofAppomattox. “Visitors from around the world will be able to catch a glimpse of what life was like for soldiers 145 years ago.”


    On April 8-12, 2010 at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, the public is invited to enjoy military and civilian living-history presentations, guided tours, ranger programs, book signings by authors, and a Stacking of Arms Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.


    April 9-11 at Clover Hill Village, the Appomattox Historical Society will hold a small-scale reenactment of the events that led to the surrender.   Lee’s Lieutenants, a reenactment group, will be on-hand atClover Hill Village to participate in these activities, including: Lee's last war counsel, General Gordon's attempted break-out, Lee-Grant meeting, Stacking of Arms and Reduction of Colors.


    April 17-18, Union and Confederate re-enactment groups will be encamped at theAppomattox Court House National Historical Park. Living history re-enactors will demonstrate historic weapons and battle tactics, including horse-drawn artillery, on the last battlefield of Lee’s Army.  Activities will include cooking, military inspections, drill, and printing of parole passes for Confederate soldiers in the same building where they were printed in 1865. Each day there will also be a “Stacking of Arms Ceremony” along the stage road, exactly where General Lee’s army stacked arms 145 years ago.


    April 17, after hours at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Bring your blankets and chairs for an evening concert of Civil War music at the National Park. The 26th North Carolina Regimental Brass Band will perform a variety of pieces that were familiar to bothUnion and Confederate soldiers. The park grounds will be free after5:00 p.m. and the public is invited to walk the village lanes and visit the re-enactor camps. The concert will be at the McLean House and begin at6:30 p.m.

    More information is available on the web at:
  • Premier Firearms Auction: April 30th- May 2nd, 2010

    Rock Island Auction Company   

    The April 30th, May 1st & 2nd Premiere auction, as always, has something to offer for all levels of collecting.

    The auction has over 100 Civil War arms, including many rare and high conditioned arms from Starr Arms, Richmond Armory, Burnside, Remington, Whitney, Savage and others. There are also two fine historically significant examples which are an exceptional Gustave Young deluxe engraved, factory cased and Civil War Officer inscribed Colt model 1851 Navy revolver engraved “Lieut Jas B. Smith/Co D National Guards 2nd Regt Philada”, and an inscribed and identified Civil War New Haven Arms Co., Henry lever action rifle belonging to “Peter Church / Co.C. 23rd I11 Vols”. For the sword collectors there is a rare Miller & Co., presentation cavalry officer’s saber with Collins & Co. The upper scabbard mount has an integral, oval, plate inscribed: “COL. NELSON WALL. / - from Officers of - / the 4th R.I.M.”   This is only one of nearly 100 swords in this auction including several Union and Confederate. 


    The auction also features the C.W. Slagle Firearms Estate Collection to include Derringers, palm pistols, powder flasks and other curio type firearms. C.W. Slagle was well known throughout the firearms collecting industry and especially known for his collection of unusual and unique antique and Curio & Relic firearms. There are also a number of Civil War arms from the collection including an impressive Morrill, Mosman & Blair Elgin patent cutlass pistol, serial number 52 (largest known example).

    To complete the Civil War enthusiast’s collection is a Unique and Magnificent President Abraham Lincoln Stained Glass Window rescued from a fire damaged courthouse in Illinois. The high quality stained glass window depicts a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln adorned with his iconic stovepipe hat and is constructed out of seven pieces of glass. Below Lincoln are the vibrant stars and stripes on the crossed American flag.   

    In its entirety, over 2700 quality lots will be offered at our April Premiere auction. The highly unique and broad assortment of firearms in this auction is sure to offer something for every collector. The April auction is cataloged in a full-color two-volume catalog, which can be ordered thought the mail ($60) or viewed online at
  • 145th Anniversary - Appomattox Courthouse

    Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
    Commemorates 145th Anniversary

    Appomattox, Va. – Appomattox Court HouseNHP will commemorate the 145th anniversary of the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant with two weekends of special activities in April.  Starting April 8th (Thursday) through the 12th(Monday) the park will offer a series of special tours and programs, including hands-on activities for kids on the weekend. The public is invited to enjoy military and civilian living history presentations, guided tours, ranger programs, book singings by authors, and a Stacking of Arms Ceremony on Sunday afternoon. 


    The following weekend, April 17th and 18th, Union and Confederate re-enactment groups will be encamped in the village. They will demonstrate historic weapons and battle tactics, including horse-drawn artillery, on the last battlefield of Lee’s Army. On Saturday night, the 17that 6:30 p.m., visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for a free evening concert of Civil War period music at the McLean House by the 26th NC Brass Band.  During this weekend, visitors will have a chance to visitUnion and Confederate camps and learn about the life of a common Civil War soldier. Activities will include cooking, military inspections, drill, and printing of parole passes for Confederate soldiers in the same building where they were printed in 1865. Each day there will also be a “Stacking of Arms Ceremony” along the stage road, exactly where General Lee’s army stacked arms 145 years ago. There will also be anexhibit by Civil War artifact collector Russell Hicks at the Tavern Guesthouse.  For a full detailed list of activities during both weeks, please visit the calendar of events on the park’s website at


    Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is located on Highway 24, 3 miles from Appomattox. The park is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Entrance fees are $3 per person, or $5 per vehicle. Children 15 and under are free. Specific questions about the events should be directed to Bert Dunkerly at 434-352-8987 ext. 31 or the park visitor center at ext. 26.



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  • "Jine the Calvary!" March 26-28, 2010 Civil War Seminar

        The 14th Annual Liberty University  
     Civil War Seminar
    "Jine the Cavalry1"
    March 26 - 28, 2010

    The US and CSA Cavalry in the Civil War

    Seminar Details:

    March 26 @6:30 PM–9:30 PM

    March 27 @8:30 AM–4:30 PM

    March 28 @9:00 AM–10:00 AM


    March 26–Kickoff Banquet at Fellowship Hall at the Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA

    March 27–Speaker Presentations and Artifact Displays at The Arthur S. DeMoss Learning

    Center on the Campus of Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

    March 28–Period Worship Service at The R.C. Whorley Prayer Chapel on the Campus of Liberty

    University, Lynchburg, VA

    Contact Info:
     434-592-4366 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Dr. James I. Robertson      

    Key Note Address


    Kent Masterson Brown      

    John Hunt Morgan


    Scott Patchan  

    Phillip Sheridan:  The Man Behind the Myth


    Dr. Brian Wills  

    Nathan Bedford Forrest


    Eric J. Wittenberg               

    Custer and the CalvaryActions at Gettysburg


    Jeffrey Wert                        

    JEB Stuart
    Horace Mewborn                        
    John Mosby

    Clark Hall  

    The Battle of Brandy Station


    Dr. Brenda Ayres    

    Flora: Mrs. J.E.B. Stuart
    Robert Driver

    Steven Alexander    

    The 2nd VA Cavalry in the Last Year of the Civil War

    George Custer During theLatter Part of the Civil War

    Bill Frue

    Delanie Stephenson  

    Stuart, the Legacy of the Bold Cavalier

    Libbie Custer:  In the Shadow of Her Husband


    Rev. Alan Farley  

    Period Church Service(Sunday, March 28, 2009)


    Everyone is encouraged to secure reservations for this seminar by Monday, March 1.  

    Admission to the seminar prior to March 24 is $60 (which includes all of the seminar

    sessions, the Friday night banquet, and Saturday's luncheon). After March 24 the admission

    price is $65.   Admission for Friday only is $35 which includes the kick-off banquet.

    Admission for Saturday only is $40 which includes breakfast and lunch.


    Other Info:        

    In addition to the speakerspresentations, there will be a silent auction on Friday, March 26, 2009

    to benefit the National Civil War Chaplains Museum.  There will also be displays and vendors

    on Saturday March 27, 2009.  Speakers will hold book signings.  Breakfast and lunch on Saturday

    are also provided. 

    There will also be special tours of Historic Sandusky on Friday afternoon, March 26,

    and 0n Sunday afternoon, March 28. Those who are interested in touring Lynchburg’s

    premier Civil War site should call(434) 832-0162 or visit









    To register or for additional information, please visit the Civil War Seminar site.
  • Mr. Lincoln's Trail: A Walking Tour


    The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College                     
    300 N. Washington Street - Gettysburg, PA 17325
    Phone (717) 337-6608 - Fax (717) 337-6596

     February 8, 2010

    Lincoln’s Birthday Open House at the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station and  Mr. Lincoln’s Trail: a Walking Tour 
    The Gettysburg Address

    The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station will host an Open House on Friday, February 12th in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Light refreshments will be served. The Gettysburg Address is recognized not only as one of Lincoln's greatest speeches but as one of the great pieces of rhetoric in the English language.

    President Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg on November 18, 1863 at the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station and walked the short distance to the house of David Wills where he stayed the evening before delivering the Address at ceremonies dedicating the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

    Visitors to Gettysburg can now walk in Lincoln's footsteps using Mr. Lincoln's Trail: A Walking Tour a brochure authored by Dr. Brad Hoch, Advisor to the Chair of the Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

    The brochure is available at the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center, The Gettysburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the David Wills House and the Historic Gettysburg Train Station. The brochure is also available online.

    A video about the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station, produced by the PA ALBC and narrated by Dr. Hoch, is available for viewing here.

  • Outdoor Adventures for the Whole Family and Civil War Buff, in Newport News, Virginia

    Outdoor Adventures for the Whole Family and the Civil War Buff inNewport News,Va.

    Swim, Bike, Hike, Fish, Play… When you discover the Civil War in Newport News, you can also discover our great outdoors! From our 8,000-acre park to our unique paddleboats, we have recreational activities for everyone in the family. Some of our 45 miles of hiking and biking trails will take you past Civil War fortifications, while others offer beautiful river views.

    If mountain biking is more your thing, test out the two trails at Harwood’s Mill. You can go fishing at Lee Hall Reservoir in Newport News Park, site of the 1862 Battle of Dam No. 1, and at Lake Maury at The Mariners’ Museum. One of the longest fishing piers on the East Coast is also a great spot for anglers.

    Choose your irons as you challenge fifty-four holes of great golf on three Newport News courses, including the Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, currently rated 4 stars by Golf Digest. The summer months are great for swimming or playing beach volleyball at Huntington Park and year-round at our Olympic-size pool. And for a little more soft adventure, try disc golf or geocaching.

    For more about outdoor adventures in Newport News, Virginia, call our friendly travel counselors toll-free at 888-493-7386 or go online at


    image-Courtesy Newport News Tourism Development Office.
  • Visit Newport News, Virginia and Discover the Personal Side of the Civil War

      Discover the Personal Side of the Civil War inNewport     

    The Civil War inNewport News saw the world’s first battle between ironclad ships, the awarding of two Medals of Honor, a growing role for African-Americans in theUnited States military and one woman who, disguised as a male soldier, fought for her country. Today,Newport News pays tribute to this heroism of the past with historic homes, battle sites, fortifications, monuments and extraordinary collections of personal artifacts, including uniforms, weapons, period photographs and letters.

    Discover the personal side of the Civil War inNewport News. Learn about Union sailors aboard the USS Monitor at The Mariners’ Museum. Meet a figure from the past when you attend one of our Civil War living history programs at Endview Plantation orLeeHallMansion. Trace the role of African-Americans, both free and slave, in theUnited States military at theVirginiaWarMuseum and the James A. Fields House.

    Visitors toNewport News can walk the deck of the only full-scale replica of the USS Monitorin the world and hear the stories of many of her crew. In Newport News, you can also visit the site of one of the first observation balloons used by the military and see a reminder of the Union presence – “Band of Veterans from C1 MR” – carved by members of Company C First New York Mounted Rifles into the mantel of a period home. Personal artifacts, ranging from a rare tablecloth from the iconic USS Monitor to a wooden fork carved by a Union prisoner of war and a Confederate blockade-runner’s uniform all help tell the story of the Civil War, the story of the people.

    For more about the Civil War inNewport News,Virginia, call our friendly travel counselors toll-free at 888-493-7386 or go online
    Image-Courtesy Newport News Tourism Development Office

  • The Society of Civil War Surgeons- 17th National Conference


    To Be Held At The Historic THAYER HOTEL
    On The Grounds of The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
    April 9th, 10th & 11th, 2010
    That’s right, our conference will be held on the grounds of West Point in the historic Thayer Hotel. We have invited Sister Mary Denis Maher, CSA, author of To Bind Up the Wounds. Catholic Sister Nurses in the U.S. Civil War, to be our Keynote Speaker. The Medical Director of the Academy, Col. Michael A. Deaton, has accepted our invitation. A 3-4 hour tour of the Academy for Saturday afternoon will include, but not limited to, the Cadet Chapel, Academy cemetery, West Point Museum and the Visitor’s Center.

    Through special arrangements with the Thayer Hotel [800-247-5047], we have procured a discounted room rate of $129/night, single or double occupancy (+8.13% room tax). This is approximately 52% below the regular room rate. These rates will be good for two days prior to and two days after the conference dates. In addition, we have secured discounted rates from American Airlines, Avis and Hertz car rentals see our website for details.

    A pre-conference workshop, AHow Did They Do That, Again- Two Surgical Scenarios@ is scheduled for Friday morning. The following speakers and topics are planned: Edgar G. Archer, Ph.D.-The Autopsy of Colonel Sly, C.S.A.; George Munkenbeck-“…his loss deeply to be deplored…” – The Life of Surgeon Major William J. H. White; Les Buell-18th & 19th Century Glass and the Mineral Springs of the Northeast; Jackie Greer, R.N. - Crimean War Nursing; Ira Spar, M.D. – The Provost Marshall and Sick & Wounded Soldiers, New Haven County, Conn.; John T. Moss, V.M.D.-The Influence of the Civil War on Veterinary Medical Education in America; Sr. Mary Denis Maher, CSA-Sister Nurses in the Civil War; Stacey C. Peeples, M.A.-The Pennsylvania Hospital During the Civil War; John Stancil- Dr. David Llewellen, Martyr of the C.S.S. Alabama; John H. Fahey, M.D.-Dr. Bernard John Dowling Irwin: Post Surgeon, West Point Military Academy, 1873-1878; Patrick Vance-Medicine, Mayhem and the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862; and John M. Rathgeb, M.D. – Orthopaedic Surgery Then and Now.

    This will be the biggest conference in the Society’s history. Don’t miss out. Start planning your trip today!

    More details, agenda, and registration form can be found on the Society’s website at, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by writing to Peter J. D’Onofrio, Ph.D., President; Society of Civil War Surgeons, Inc.; 539 Bristol Drive, S.W.; Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.

  • Battle of Bentonville - March 20-21, 2010 145th Anniversary

    145th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville
    March 20-21, 2010
    9:00 am -5:00 pm each day


    On March 19, 1865 the quiet little village of Bentonville, NC found itself in the center of the largest battle ever fought on North Carolina soil. General Joseph E. Johnston was charged with gathering Confederate forces scattered throughout the Carolinas into a concentrated force large enough to halt General William T. Sherman’s juggernaut army of Federals numbering 60,000 men before it reached Virginia. The resulting clash between the two armies lasted three days and ended in a tactical draw, with Johnston’s army withdrawing from the battlefield. The battle was fought over an area of 6,000 acres with nearly 80,000 troops engaged. More than 4,000 casualties were reported. The Battle of Bentonville marked the last Confederate tactical offensive of the war and it would also leave an unforgettable mark on the history of the state of North Carolina.

     “The most terrible battle I ever imagined….It was the most fearful scene I ever witnessed.”          

                   --Capt. G.B. Gardner, Courier, staff of Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee

    “We Run Like the Duce.”                --Lt. Charles Brown, 21stMichigan

    “They came down upon us like an avalanche, our situation at this time was truly awfull [sic].”
                   --Capt. Ferdinand Boltz, 88th Indiana  

    In commemoration of this historic battle, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site would like to invite the public to attend the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville program on March 20 and 21, 2010. This two day event will feature two battle re-enactments: “Last Grand Charge of the Army of Tennessee & Morgan’s Stand” on Saturday at 3:00 pm and “The Fight for the Morris Farm” on Sunday at 1:30 pm. Visitors can also attend lectures by local historians and experts on topics including “The Carolinas Campaign prior to Bentonville,” “The African American Experience in NC,” and “Mourning Practices during the American Civil War.” Guided tours of the Harper House, a Federal field hospital during the battle, and the civilian and military camps will be provided throughout the event. Civilian and military exhibits and living history demonstrations on camp life and daily activities will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. Visitors must purchase tickets for each battle scenario, but all other activities are free to the public. Food vendors will be on site, as well as period sutlers demonstrating and selling their wares.

    There are a limited number of tickets available. Advance purchase tickets for the battle re-enactments are $8.00 per day for adults and $4.00 per day for children ages 7-12 yrs. Advance ticket sales will be available until March 1, 2010 and they can be purchased online at or picked up at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site during regular site hours. After March 1, tickets will be $10.00 per day for adults and $5.00 per day for children ages 7-12 yrs. Children under 6 yrs are admitted free. For updates and a complete schedule of program events please visit For other information please contact:
    Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site
    5466 Harper House Rd.
    Four Oaks, NC 27524
    (910) 594-0789
  • Christmas Bells by H. W. Longfellow - the Carol of the Civil War

    I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    These verses were written by Longfellow in 1866 to reflect on all involved in the war. Originally titled "Christmas Bells" most hymnals and music books omit the stanza's that relate to the war.

    I heard the bells on Christmas Day
    Their old, familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet
    The words repeat
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

    And thought how, as the day had come,
    The belfries of all Christendom
    Had rolled along
    The unbroken song
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

    Till, ringing, singing on its way,
    The world revolved from night to day,
    A voice, a chime,
    A chant sublime
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

    Then from each black, accursed mouth
    The cannon thundered in the South,
    And with the sound
    The carols drowned
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

    It was as if an earthquake rent
    The hearth-stones of a continent,
    And made forlorn
    The households born
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

    And in despair I bowed my head;
    "There is no peace on earth," I said:
    "For hate is strong,
    And mocks the song
    Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" 

    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
    "God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
    The Wrong shall fail,
    The Right prevail,
    With peace on earth, good-will to men!"
  • The newest Grisham novel - Bedlam South

    Grisham/Donaldson Debut Novel

    The newest Grisham novel is set for release, but this time it’s not John Grisham, it’s his brother Mark! Partnered with David Donaldson Ph.D., they have co-authored the novel Bedlam South,an exclusive Borders Book Stores offering,where the Civil War comes alive in a rich tapestry colored with tales of tragedy, romance, and redemption.

    Set in the heart of the Confederacy, Bedlam Southis the story of ordinary people who fought and suffered, and loved and lost during the war. The novel centers on an insane asylum just outside of Richmond, Virginia, as it interweaves the fates of its characters in a panoramic view of the times.

    Grisham said, “Over the years, I have been asked countless times ‘why don’t you write a book?’ I guess this is a natural response to having a world famous author for a big brother.”

    Longtime friends, Mark and David began writing together three years ago, after Mark returned home to Northwest Mississippi. Mark’s love of the Civil War and southern history, combined with David’s interests in psychology and mental health, led them to write this unique and intriguing story that provides a glimpse into a rarely discussed aspect of the war. The psychological trauma suffered by battlefield veterans.

    “The most fascinating part of the process for me was developing the characters. Getting inside their heads and exposing their inner conflict,” Donaldson said. “Mark is the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to this era in history. So I spent months researching the psychiatric treatment methods of the period because we wanted to provide a fictional work that was also historically accurate.”

    Another unusual aspect of the writing team is their commitment to needy children. “From the beginning,” Donaldson added. “Mark and I agreed a portion of the proceeds from the book would go to Impact Missions (, a northwest Mississippi charity.”             

    Bedlam Southrepresents the first of three completed novels by the duo and it is now on sale nationwide  at all Borders and Walden’s Book Stores but supplies are limited. Order Online now, to ensure you receive a copy!

    To contact the authors, call 662-342-0155, or write to LongShot Productions, LLC, P.O. Box 468, Nesbit, MS 38651. Visit them at: you can purchase a signed, personalized copy from the authors themselves.

  • Circus Model Builder's 2010 Convention

    Join a Historic Organization
    The Circus Model Builders, Inc.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys of all ages, welcome to the Circus Model Builders, Inc. Founded in 1936, the craftspeople of the
    CMB have been preserving the great American circus through their models.
    Circus Model Builders are men, women, boys and girls who love the circus so much they want to have a circus of their own. They have learned about the circus from the days when the first train or truck pulled onto an open lot, erected the circus big top, put in bleachers, unloaded the wagons of animals and props and let the show begin. Once the shows were over everything got packed up and sent to the next lucky town to start all over again.
    TheCMB offers it’s members advise and assistance in starting or expanding your own circus model, get model plans, see pictures and displays by fellow builders, receive the Little Circus Wagon- official magazine of theCMB, have the opportunity to meet with other model builders near you and join a “Ring”, as well as attend regional shows and conventions.
    April 7th through 10, 2010 will be the next Circus Model Builders Annual Convention inSarasota,Florida. Come see displays of miniature circuses, go with the group to visit theRinglingMuseum of the American Circus, and other events. Click here to download the 2010 Convention Registration Form. Membership is required to attend theCMB Convention. Please visit for more information or contact Diamond Jim Parker, the convention host at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    CMB site offers membership opportunities, related books and logo items for sale, as well as resources for more information. Come and join us! 
  • Gettysburg College- Nov 19th: Dedication Day


    2009 Dedication Day Events to feature Governor Edward G. Rendell and Academy Award Winner Richard DreyfussNovember 19, 2009


    November 19th, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, was formally designated as Dedication Day, by a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, on

    August 7, 1946. Through the efforts of Congressman Todd R. Platts (PA-19) a 2009 resolution(HRes736) was introduced and passed by unanimous vote of the House of Representatives onTuesday, November 3, 2009 . The Platts resolution is endorsed by the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (PA ALBC). The PA ALBC was created by an Executive Order from the office Governor Edward G. Rendell in June 2006. The resolution states in part “Whereas 2009 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and bicentennial tributes to his birth are expected throughout the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives-- (1) honors President Lincoln's greatest speech, the Gettysburg Address; …”



    This November 19th, the 146th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address will be honored with numerous events inGettysburg. The day will begin with a9:30 a.m. wreath laying ceremony at the Soldiers’ National Monument, featuring the Gettysburg High School Ceremonial Brass Band. Wreaths will be laid byPennsylvania’s Governor, Edward G. Rendell, Richard Dreyfuss, Brion FitzGerald, the Acting Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park, and Frederick E. Clark, Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Gettysburg Camp #112. Following a brief procession of Civil War reenactors along the upper  drive, ceremonies will continue at10:00 a.m. at the Rostrum, where Governor Rendell and Richard Dreyfuss will deliver remarks. Of his participation at Dedication Day 2009, Mr. Dreyfuss said "When President Lincoln spoke atGettysburg, he was both admired and reviled by the nation he was trying to save. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should know him, not just the office he held. And I am looking forward with enormous gratitude to the opportunity to speak to these truths on November 19."



    Musical performances by the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band will be a highlight of the ceremony, and are particularly appropriate given the fact that the U.S. Marine Band travelled with President Lincoln in 1863 when he visited Gettysburg to deliver “a few appropriate remarks.” The band was initially created through an Act of Congress in 1798, signed by President John Adams, authorizing “…a drum major, a fife major, and 32 drums and fifes.” In July 1861, President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act of Congress officially recognizing the band by legislation. Although

    Lincoln was not a musician, he loved music. Some of his favorite songs were “Hail Columbia,” “HappyLand,” “Barbara Allen,” and “Dixie.”

    Another new addition this year is the Naturalization Ceremony by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Sixteen applicants will receive the United States Oath of Citizenship. As usual, Jim Getty, portraying President Abraham Lincoln, will recite the Gettysburg Address, as he has done on Dedication Day for thirty years. The colors will be presented by the 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum Corps. Other participants in the day’s ceremonies include Janet Morgan Riggs, President of Gettysburg College; David Klinepeter portraying Ward Hill Lamon, soloist Wayne Hill, Rev. Stephen Herr, Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church. Finally, the emcee for the event will be D. Scott Hartwig, Vice President of the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania.



    Immediately following the event at the rostrum, there will be the U.S. Colored Troops Graveside Salute where Jim Getty will deliver remarks. This will occur at the gravesite of Charles H. Parker, one of only two African American soldiers buried in theNationalCemetery.



    That evening, events will continue at The Majestic Theater35 Carlisle Street,Gettysburg) with the World Premiere of “For the People,” a new Oratorio by Dr. John William Jones, Professor at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music,GettysburgCollege. The Premier will feature guest narrator actor Stephen Lang, who has become known for work both on stage and in films, including the movies “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals.” Mr. Lang will star in three new films over the next year. This oratorio was commissioned by the PA Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and will feature The Spires Brass Band, Kathleen Sasnett, soprano, Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor, bass-baritone Roosevelt Credit, The Sunderman Conservatory Woodwind Octet, and The Victorian Dance Ensemble.

    Author Jeff Shaara will present the 11th Annual Michael Shaara Prize for Civil War Fiction to Nick Taylor, author of The Disagreement(Simon and Schuster, 2008). This novel tells the tale of a young Confederate doctor, John Muro, and the trials he faces at a military hospital during the Civil War.



    Following the Shaara Prize, Michael Burlingame will deliver the 48th Annual Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture at 8:00 PM. Dr. Burlingame is currently the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and his most recent work is the two volume biography Abraham Lincoln: A Life(The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). The topic of his lecture will be “Abraham Lincoln: New Information, Fresh Perspectives.”


    At the conclusion of the evening, the public is invited to attend a reception with several scholars and authors including Jeff Shaara, Gabor Boritt, Allen Guelzo, Stephen Lang, Michael Burlingame, and Nick Taylor. DVDs and books will be on sale, and the public will have an opportunity to obtain autographs.



    All Dedication Day events have been coordinated by The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, the Civil War Institute atGettysburgCollege, theGettysburgNationalMilitaryPark, and the Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. In addition, they have been endorsed by the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.


    Additional Events and Exhibits


    November 2 –December 11, 2009Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Exhibit “Free At Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery inAmerica,” open daily at the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station.  Hunt Slonem’s “Blue Lincoln” Portrait: Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station.



    November 16-22, 2009TheLincoln Flag of thePikeCounty Historical Society Exhibit at the HistoricGettysburg  Railroad Station.  The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station,35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, is open daily10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call (717) 337-8233.


    2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Dedication Day ReceptionLincoln Into Art, Contemporary Art Gallery, 329 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg Featuring the public Gettysburg premiere of “The Gettysburg Address: Adagio” at 2:00 p.m. “TheGettysburg Address: Adagio” is a lyrical piece of music written for a baritone solo, piano accompaniment and snare drum. The composer, Rebecca Gillan, followedLincoln’s text closely, and used the rhythm of the text to dictate the musical rhythms. The original musical work was inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s original text and was commissioned by the Louisiana Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial Commission and premiered onOct. 26, 2008 inBaton Rouge,Louisiana. The reception and performance are free and open to the general public.



    3:00-5:00 p.m. Abraham Lincoln & Governor Curtin Meet & Greet Come shake hands and meet President Abraham Lincoln and Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin. This event recreates the public meet & greet that was held the evening ofNovember 19, 1863 in which visitors were received and were able to meet the President and Governor. Cost: Free with admission Ages: All ages The David Wills House,8 Lincoln Square ,Gettysburg,PA Phone: (866) 486-5735 Website:



    4:00 p.m.Gettysburg AddressesLincolnAfter his address at theNationalCemetery, President Lincoln traveled with local patriot John Burns to the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church for a rally. This free one-hour program will include a presentation “How Lincoln Came to Be ‘Under God’ atGettysburg “ by public historian, Dr. Charles Teague, at the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church,208 Baltimore Street in downtownGettysburg, just two blocks south ofLincoln Square.

    The Pennsylvania Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is headquartered at the Civil War Institute atGettysburgCollege. For more information or call (717) 337-6590.

  • Gettysburg Foundation- Dedication Day & Remembrance Day Weekend Nov. 19th - 21st

    Popular Remembrance Illumination highlights
    Gettysburg Address commemoration
    Gettysburg Foundation also offers first look at new Lincoln sculpture,
    welcomes Jeff Shaara for book signing

    Gettysburg, Pa. (Oct. 30, 2009) — The Gettysburg Foundation will present the 7th Annual Remembrance Illumination on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation, last year, the popular event drew an estimated 2,500 visitors.

    “The Gettysburg Foundation is committed to inspiring in people a sense of respect and wonder for our nation’s history,” said Foundation President Rear Adm. Richard A. Buchanan USN (ret.). “We are honored to present the Remembrance Illumination as a testament to those who sacrificed so much on this and more distant battlefields. All of those who wear the uniform of our country, past and present, deserve a special place in
    American history.”

    During the annual Illumination, more than 3,500 luminary candles are lit by Friends of Gettysburg volunteers – one candle on the grave of each Civil War soldier.

    The event is free and open to the public; in keeping with the solemnity of the event, it is requested that flash photography be kept to a minimum. Please note that the event will be cancelled in the event of torrential rain or high winds.

    Visitors will be able to enter the National Cemetery via both of its entrances – Baltimore Street and Taneytown Road. Parking is available in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery parking lot on Taneytown Road.

    The Remembrance Illumination is just one of several upcoming special events held at Gettysburg National Military Park over Dedication Day and Remembrance Day weekend:

    ► Dedication Day, Thursday, Nov. 19: 146th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address; 9:30 a.m.; Soldiers’ National Cemetery. This annual observation of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address includes a wreath-laying ceremony in the cemetery at 9:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 9:45 a.m. at the brick rostrum. This year’s featured speaker is Richard Dreyfuss.
    ► Dedication Day, Thursday, Nov. 19: First Look at Lincoln Sculpture, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike. Members of the public are invited to get a first look at a new Lincoln sculpture at the main entrance to the Museum and Visitor Center. The sculpture and its associated landscaping are the gifts of philanthropist Robert H. Smith.
    ►Friday, Nov. 20: “An Evening with THE Painting”; 5 – 7:30 p.m.; Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. National Cyclorama expert Sue Boardman presents the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Attendees will have an opportunity to spend time viewing the painting in the gallery. Tickets are available online at or by calling 877-874-2478.
    ► Remembrance Day, Saturday, Nov. 21: Jeff Shaara Book Signing at the Museum Bookstore, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Award-winning author Jeff Shaara will be signing copies of Gods and Generals, Last Full Measure and other titles at this book signing event. Books will be available for purchase.

    ► Remembrance Day, Saturday, Nov. 21: Army Materiel Command Band,  performing at the Museum and Visitor Center, in the Group Lobby, at 10a.m. The Materiel Band serves the soldiers and civilians of the U.S. Army Materiel Command stationed at more than 140 locations nationwide, including Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Afghanistan. (There is no charge for this program.)

    For more information about the Remembrance Illumination or any of these special programs, contact the Gettysburg Foundation’s administrative offices at 866-889-1243 or
    visit For tickets to the “Evening with THE painting” program, please visit or call 877-874-2478.

    The Gettysburg Foundation is a private, non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park, which opened in April 2008. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact
    preservation and battlefield rehabilitation — all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.
    For information about the Foundation, about visiting Gettysburg, or how you can become a part of the history of Gettysburg through your contribution, visit or call 877-874-2478
    or the administrative offices at 717- 338-1243.
  • The Drieborg Chronicles- a young boys trials, tribulations and achievements during the Civil War years.

    Duty and Honor


    In the summer of 1862, theUnited states is torn by Civil War, and what was supposed to be a short conflict has turned into a bloody campaign on both sides. Teenage farm boy Michael Drieborg lives with his family and longs to join the cause, but he can't justify leaving his parents or the farm.


    Fate intercedes one Saturday morning in town. Michael saves a child from being bullied and he is arrested. He was given the choice of jail or joining a cavalry unit being formed in his area. Against his parent's wishes he joins and leaves home. Thus begins the story of a naive farm boy journey to becoming a seasoned cavalryman. From the hardship of training, battle,Washington intrigue, recovering from wounds and imprisonment, Michael does his duty with honor.


    Duty Accomplished


    In December 1864, Michael Drieborg is recuperating at his parents farm after his escape from the dreaded Andersonville Prison. But duty calls and he makes his way back toWashington for reassignment. He is sent south and joinsSherman's march through the Carolina's. There he is faced with the choice of sparing homes, farm buildings and livestock which are of no assistance to the rebellion or of facing the wrath of his superiors who want to wreak vengeance on the people of the South. 


    With the war over, he and his unit are sent to theDakota Territory  before they are released to return home.


    Honor Restored


    After four years of civil war,Lincoln's determination to keep the Union together has prevailed. But then a new conflict began, this time over the nature of thatUnion. Would the Northern victors allow the old Southern ruling class to regain control, or would a new political and social/economic structure prevail in the states of the former Confederacy?


    Michael Drieborg is asked to return toWashington. There he found himself in the midst of the early struggles of Reconstruction. Joined by troopers from his old unit and allied with Congressional Republicans, he will deal withWashington intrigue, wartime enemies, fleeting romance andSouth Carolina's struggles to recover. 


    For more information about the author- Michael Deeb and to purchase his books, please visit-

  • America's Greatest Collector's Set of War Books- Autographed

    Own America's GreatestCollector’s Set of WarBooks: Dual Autographed by Gen. Harold Moore & Joe Galloway

    For over 10 years,FlatSigned has been offering collectors rare autographs on the pages of rare books—including American presidents, world leaders, notable authors, and celebrities. Now, FlatSigned is proud to introduce a new limited-edition hand-signed commemorative set of Vietnam War books by Lt. General Hal G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway.


    Each copy of this matching set is bound in 100% leather and features gilt page edges, silk moiré end sheets, thread-sewn pages, a satin ribbon marker, and a certificate of authentication with a lifetime guarantee.


    The books are dedicated to those brave souls who served theUnited States of America and her citizens during the Vietnam War and especially those who gave their last full measure for their country and their comrades.


    We Were Soldierscovers the minute by minute account of the first major battle of the Vietnam War, which lasted over a decade and tore the country apart.It has been described as a powerful and epic story, the best account of infantry combat ever written, and the most significant book to come out of the Vietnam War.


    We Are Soldiers Still” tells you how that history changed the authors, the men involved, and our country, forever. This book answers many of the questions that readers have posed to Hal in the 15 years since his first book and recounts a very unique journey back to the battlefields ofVietnam by the commanders and the veterans on both sides. 

    This incredible set of books is a must-have for collectors, veterans, soldiers, or anyone interested in owning a unique piece of history. To order a copy of this leather bound collector’s set, visit FlatSigned’s website at contact FlatSigned at 1-866-352-8744. To view their entire collection, visit the web site at

  • Capital University's Schumacher Gallery Opens Fall 2009 with Lee and Grant

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    Contact: Nichole Johnson
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    Capital University
    (614) 236-6945

    Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery Opens Fall 2009 with Lee and Grant
    Photographs, paintings, prints, belongings will be on display Sept. 9 through Oct. 17

    COLUMBUS, Ohio. Friday, July 10, 2009 – Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery will open its fall 2009 season with Lee and Grant, an exhibit that provides a major reassessment of the lives, careers and historical impact of Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.

    Curated by William M. S. Rasmussen, Lora M. Robins Curator of Art at the Virginia Historical Society,
    and Robert S. Tilton, chairman of the Department of English at University of Connecticut, Storrs, the
    exhibit encourages audiences to move beyond the traditional mythology of both men and rediscover them
    within the context of their own time – based on their own words and those of their contemporaries.

    Lee and Grant presents photographs, paintings, prints, coins, accoutrements owned by the two men,
    documents written in their own hands, and biographical and historical records to reveal each man in his
    historical and cultural context, offering audiences a rare glimpse into how each man understood himself
    and his place in the world.

    “Visitors will enjoy discovering similarities and differences between Lee and Grant that are rarely pointed
    out,” Rasmussen said. “These generals have been explored by historians for decades, but Lee and Grant is the first exhibition to present the two men together so that visitors can make decisions about them, side by side, based on facts. We hope that after they view Lee and Grant, visitors will give more thought to the
    legacies of both generals.”

    Lee and Grant will be on display at Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery from Wednesday, Sept. 9,
    through Saturday, Oct. 17. A public reception will take place in the gallery from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
    Sept. 11. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    The Schumacher Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Capital University’s library. Admission is free.
    For additional information, call The Schumacher Gallery at 614-236-6319.

    Lee and Grant has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National
    Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit was originally developed by the Virginia Historical Society.
    It is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road. The exhibition also will feature
    special selections from the Civil War collection of the Motts Military Museum, in Groveport, Ohio.

    Exhibition Name: Lee and Grant

    Description: This exhibition provides a major reassessment of the lives, careers, and historical impact of
    Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. The exhibit encourages audiences to move
    beyond the traditional mythology of both men and rediscover them within the context of their own time—
    based on their own words and those of their contemporaries.

    Organized By: Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia

    Toured By: Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road

    Curators: Dr. William M. S. Rasmussen, Lora M. Robins Curator of Art, Virginia Historical Society and
    Dr. Robert S. Tilton, Chairman of the Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs

    Commentary: “This exhibition is more than a study of Lee and Grant," states co-curator Dr. William M.
    S. Rasmussen. “These generals have come to symbolize the two regions that fought the Civil War—each
    was a product of his region and his rearing. When we investigate the values that they championed and
    their decisions, which literally changed the course of this country's history, we discover the sectional
    legacies that many contemporary Americans have inherited from southern gentry and from Yankee selfmade


  • Exclusive Civil War Collectibles Offer a Chance to Remember the Confederacy

    The fierce and storied battles of the War Between the States have left an indelible mark on the landscape of American history. From April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865 the Confederate States of America (the Confederacy) fought against the U.S. Federal Government (the Union) in a series of clashes still commemorated today.


    Especially in the South, the ancestors of those who fought in the Civil War hold a certain reverence and esteem for their forefathers who led the charge. Hailing leaders such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stewart, their heritage is celebrated with the enthusiastic call of "Southern Pride." Scouring all of history for every available detail chronicling these legendary battles, Civil War enthusiasts' unfailing interest has created a fervent demand for authentic memorabilia and high quality collectibles.  


    Collectibles Today, an industry leader since 1973, is proud to offer a wide selection of unique Civil War collectibles and gifts for those with a passion for history. From fine men's jewelry and apparel to heirloom-quality electric trains, shot glasses, belt buckles and more, the sights and sounds of the Confederacy come to life once more through the superb artistry and craftsmanship that Collectibles Today is known for.


    Imagine the salute of the Hour of Glory Cuckoo Clock Decorated with stunning imagery from noted Civil War artist John Paul Strain, this handcrafted collectible wooden clock is a constant reminder of the enduring pride of the South. The clock's dramatic artwork captures General Robert E. Lee as he leads his men into battle, and is accented by a sculptural figure of General Lee on horseback. Every hour is announced when miniature doors, bearing the Confederate flag, swing open and a handcrafted cannon commences with a volley of cannon fire. This first-ever Civil War clock makes sure it stays Dixie Time all the time.


    Take a historic journey back to America's South with a collectible Civil War era decorative village. With handcrafted and hand-painted buildings, and figurines of important personalities from the war, this realistic home decor lets you relive the gallantry of a long-ago time. Imagine gathering in the town square to exchange news of the Cause, or watching the dashing General Robert E. Lee ride by on his stallion Traveler. Rich with historically accurate touches, this collectible illuminated village is a grand way to honor the boys in gray.


    Hold history in your hand when you wear this Civil War men's ring, crafted of solid sterling silver. It bears the Confederate flag and shield against an inlay of black onyx, and is engraved with the sentiment "Pride of the South." The sides of this handsome ring feature cherished icons in raised relief detail, including crossed swords and crossed rifles with the Confederate hat and C.S.A. insignia. What a bold memorial to those who fought for the South during this crucial moment in American history. 


    Remember the Confederacy when you shop at Collectibles Today - your destination for Civil War collectibles and gifts. Shop Now!

  • Ohio Elected Officials Choose to Reduce History Funding

    Todd Kleismit- Director of Government Relations

    History is threatened inOhio and your actions showed that it matters to you. In fact, 1,458 of you sent almost 4,200 messages to your state elected leaders in less than 6 months asking them to invest in our state's history. It was difficult to predict just how challenging 2009 would prove to be for history advocates like us.


    Consider what happened:

    • An enormous federal stimulus package was enacted by Congress that largely ignored any specific dollars for historic preservation. While stimulus funds come toOhio for a multitude of purposes, preserving older buildings (included in a much smaller previous stimulus package) is not among them, despite the proven economic stimulus effect.
    • The Ohio Historical Society's state budget was slashed 42 percent from 2008 levels ($13.5 million to just $7.9 million), the lowest level of state investment in the Society since 1986.
    • The same state budget dropped standardized tests for 5th and 8th grade social studies (4th and 7th grade writing tests were also eliminated), ensuring that social studies and history will get even less classroom attention.
    • A new Ohio Historical Society income tax check-off provision that was in the House-passed and Senate-passed versions of the state budget was mysteriously removed at the last minute. The Society had planned to use the voluntary contributions from the tax check-off for a competitive matching grants program to benefit local history-related organizations.

    You can still contact your elected representatives and tell them what you think by clicking here.


    For sure, 2009 has been a tough year for most Ohioans. Those of us who are passionate about history and preservation must keep speaking up and ensure that an honest exchange of ideas continues. History is not just about looking back, but being informed about how to move forward. It's about our identity. Please join us for an online discussion. Tell us what you think. Have a favorite memory or encounter with history? Got a little-known nugget aboutOhio history to share? Tell us about it. Whether you agree or disagree, we encourage you to stay connected.


    Read the Sunday, August 2, 2009 editorial printed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer by clicking here.

    Posted with permission from: Todd Kleismit, Director of Government Relations, Ohio Historical Society.
  • Rock Island Auction's Premiere Firearms Auction- Exceptional Pieces of History

    Rock Island Auction Company announces the next Premiere Firearms auction on September 11, 12 & 13to be held at their facility in Moline, IL.

    Exceptional pieces of history can be obtained in the many significant Civil War era pistols, rifles and muskets. The Civil war selection touts a historic Smith & Wesson No. 2 old model army revolver inscribed to Civil War hero Colonel Augustus van Horn Ellis and a rare special order Sharps Model 1859 carbine with double set triggers attributed to Captain James W. Carr, "C" Company Second Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteers. Another excellent Sharps is an exceptional Sharps new Model 1863 carbine with metallic cartridge conversion. This auction has 4 volcanic pistols and carbines and 5 Henry rifles lead by a very fine Civil War 3rd regiment U.S. veteran volunteer infantry martial inspected Henry lever-action rifle. An old label glued to the left side of the stock wrist reads: "WILLIAM S. LAMB/Co. D - 3rd Regt. Penna. Volunteers/June 4, 1861 - June 4, 1864".


    This auction offers both Union and Confederate firearms including a Civil War era "LM" Confederate proofed transition model LeMat percussion revolver. There are also several fine Colts including a scarce historical Hartford English Dragoon with Civil War "Harry Clark 8th Reg't Mass. Vol." inscription. Another impressive period example is an exceptionally rare S. HAWKEN St. Louis plains rifle.


    In all, the September sale will offer over 2700 lots featuring 3 collections: firearms from the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum, the Warner E. Bacon sporting arms collection and an impressive Victorian collection of gambling items, slot machines, canes, spurs advertising signs and back bar bottles. Also many other star-worthy items in several genres including derringers, Colts, Winchesters, antique firearms, sporting, military and more! Call now 800-238-8022 to order your two-volume full-color two-volume catalogue or view it online at

  • Peru, Indiana, Where The Circus Lives....




    The International Circus Hall of Fame in Peru announced its Silver Anniversary 2009 schedule of events today.


    The Museum located 3 miles SE of Peru on Indiana 124, will be open to the public May 1 through October 31, Monday thru Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm daily and Sunday 12 to 4 pm.


    With the exception of our performance season, admission during this period is $5.00 for adults $2.50 for children.


    This years Silver Anniversary Edition of our Summer Spectacular will be July 11 to July 24. Please make note that it is one week shorter than usual. Daily Activities will include a calliope concert, tours of the Circus Hall of Fame and Museum, with more special surprises being added daily. Big Top performances will start promptly at 2 pm each day. This years show feature the Alvarez Family with Lyra, Volting and Hula Hoops. Doug Terranova, Animal Behaviorist returns to the Circus Hall of Fame with his performing elephants and tigers. Immediately following the circus performance there will be elephant and camel rides. A new horse act will also be featured this season. Pat Kelly, America’s favorite HOBO clown returns as does Announcer John Fugate, who will debut a new magic act. 

    Other important dates on this years route include:

    The 50th Anniversary Circus City Festival Circus, July 11 to July 18


    The Circus City Festival Street Parade stepping off at 10 am on July 18.


    The Circus Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony July 18th, held this year at the Siding Restaurant beginning at 6:30 pm. Seating for this event is going fast and reservations are required. Call the Circus Hall of Fame at (800) 771-0241 to reserve yours.


    The Circus Model Builders National Convention is July 19 to July 23.

    For more information please contact us at (800) 771-0241
  • McCormick Civil War Institute’s 14th Annual Fall Tour

    Battles of Cross Key & Port Republic in the Upper Shenandoah Valley- Oct. 9 & 10, 2009

    Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute's program for Fall 2009 covers the Battles of Cross Keys andPort Republic in the Upper Shenandoah Valley. Stonewall Jackson's two victories on two consecutive days, June 8 & 9 1862 were the last of his great Valley Campaign. They were also the hardest fought and the bloodiest. They are, with McDowell, the best preserved.

    On the evening of Friday, October 9, 2009 participants will meet on the campus ofShenandoah University in Winchester for a social hour, and two lectures followed by dinner. The following morning we will depart for the short ride toHarrisonburg and the Rockingham County battlefield sites.  We will return toWinchester in the late afternoon. The Institute is proud of its record of sticking to schedule.

    The faculty includes Dr. Brandon H. Beck and Professor Jonathan Noyalas, with historian Stephen Lee Ritchie. Beck and Noyalas are published experts on the War in the Valley, while Ritchie is the leading authority on the life of General Turner Ashby. The first tour stop will be at the Ashby death site on the Port Republic Road nearHarrisonburg.

    Jackson's victory at Winchester on May 25 had sealed the strategic success of his great Valley Campaign. Since then he had gone as far north as Harpers Ferry before turning back south. He had completely disrupted Union strategy across Virginia, from the Valley to Fredericksburg to the Peninsula. The three armies now chasing after him had been drawn away from the primary Union objective, the taking of Richmond. But it remained to be seen if Jackson and his Valley Army could survive their own success - could they escape the clutches of their pursuers in the Upper Valley? General Robert E. Lee needed Jackson at Richmond; would he get there?

    Although Union Generals Fremont and Shields get little credit for their pursuit, it was a " close call". By June 6 they were pushing Jackson hard. Ashby was killed in rear guard fighting on June 6 and Jackson himself was very nearly captured two days later. In the end, the second victory, at Port Republic, came down to whether or not Jackson could capture a strong position on high ground known as "the coaling" against outnumbered Union defenders. Finally, as at Winchester, General Richard Taylor's Louisiana Tigers took the ground to win the Battle. Casualties were severe, nearly 1,000 (combined) at Cross Keys and nearly twice that many at Port Republic. But the Valley Army had escaped.   In two weeks' time Jackson joined the Army of Northern Virginia at Richmond.

    As in last October's tour, at the Third Battle of Winchester, the Institute is indebted to the preservation efforts of the Civil War Preservation Trust. The Trust has helped preserve 200 acres of core battlefield land at
    Port Republic. Cross Keys is fortunately still off the " beaten path" (beaten by development) and retains much of its appearance from 1862. 

    The combination of preservation and our lecture preparation should result in an unforgettable experience. The Civil War Institute has been offering this kind of lecture/field trip combination for nearly 20 years. It is a solid and unique educational experience and it is scheduled for the most beautiful time of the year in the beautiful
    Shenandoah Valley.

    For more information about the tour please visit here ,to download the registration form, click here.
  • A Great Unknown American Hero- Robert Carter III

    A Great Unknown American Hero

    New Book Inspired by Plantation Owner who Freed over 500 Slaves


    Manassas Park, Va.If author Larry Buttram has his wish come true, everyone in the country will now recognize and praise the name of Robert Carter III. 


    “He freed more slaves than anyone in American history,” says Mr. Buttram, author of a new book inspired by his life titled, The Curtain Torn.


    Robert Carter III was the grandson of Robert “King” Carter, the first millionaire in the country (at that time, the Colonies) and the largest slave owner in the nation. King Carter, of Lancaster, Virginia, owned 300,000 acres of land spread across dozens of plantations and farms. He also owned a shipping company to transport his goods to market in Europe and bring slaves back from Africa to work on his plantations. When he died he had in his position the equivalent of $500,000 in cash.


    Robert Carter III was as sensitive as his grandfather was driven. Losing both his father and his grandfather at the age of four perhaps gave him an early appreciation of human life. For whatever reason, he was a kind-hearted and caring man who, throughout his life, struggled with the idea of owning other human beings. When he came of age and took over his father’s empire, he implemented changes that assured his slaves would be treated more humanely. He all but forbid the use of the whip as punishment and frequently sided with the slaves in disputes with overseers or neighbors.


    It was not until he almost died, however, that he felt compelled to free his slaves. Stricken with fever and near death for days, he later stated that he had actually seen Jesus, who made it clear to him how evil slavery was. Overwhelmed with remorse, he eventually freed
    his slaves, over 500 in total.


    This action brought much heartache and anguish when many of his friends and even family turned against him. He moved to Baltimore where he gave money to the city to build city hall. He died while his slaves were being freed.


    Larry Buttram said:


    “Robert Carter III remained true to his word and freed more slaves than anyone in American history.”


    “While I’ve had to rearrange and simplify a few incidents in Mr. Carter’s Life, the main points remain unchanged. He was truly a great and unique man. While many of the country’s leaders at the time—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, and George Mason—talked about the evils of slavery, they did nothing to change it. Mr. Carter gave up his way of life for his beliefs.”


    When asked how he came up with the idea of writing the book, he stated, “It came about from a discussion my wife and I had regarding slavery. I said that I found it hard to believe that at least one plantation owner was not troubled enough about slavery to take action. She said that it was the mind-set shared by all owners, and that none felt enough guilt to change it. After our conversation I began my quest to find one slave owner who freed his slaves. It took almost two months, but eventually I was lead to the story of Mr. Carter.  While I was not surprised that an owner actually freed his slaves, I was astounded that it was on such a grand scale, and that the action was taken by one of the richest men in the country. He was truly an amazing man and should be mentioned in all of our history books.”

     Note- Image used with permission from the Virginia Historical Society.
  • New York CWRT Presents The 2008 Fletcher Pratt Award

    New York City Civil War Round Table Presents The Fletcher Pratt Award For 2008 To Joseph T. Glatthaar For His Book “General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse”

    On May 13, 2009, the Civil War Round Table of New York, in its 58th year of continuous operation, presented the restigious FLETCHER PRATT AWARD to Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar.

    The Fletcher Pratt Award was presented by Bud Livingston, Past President of the CWRT of New York and Chairman of the Awards Committee, at the Round Table’s 530st meeting to Dr. Glatthaar for his book, General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse.

    The FLETCHER PRATT AWARD was established in 1956.  Fletcher Pratt, one of the founding fathers of the Civil War Round Table of New York, was a prolific writer.  He authored 16 books, including six on the American Civil War. At a meeting of the board of directors held onJune 19, 1956, James D. Horan proposed that a Fletcher Pratt Award be established as a memorial to a distinguished charter member and former president (1953-54).  Unanimously approved as proposed, the award, in the form of an appropriate scroll, is presented to the author or editor of the best non-fiction book on the Civil War published during the course of a calendar year.    Previous winners have included such Civil War luminaries as Bruce Catton, Burke Davis, Shelby Foote, William C. Davis, William McFeely, Stephen Sears, James Robertson, Noah Trudeau, Gary Gallagher, and Gordon Rhea, just to name a few

    Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar is the author of numerous books and articles, including a previous Fletcher Pratt prize
    winning book in 1985, The March To The Sea And Beyond.  Currently the Stephenson Distinguished Professor of history and chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense at the
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Glatthaar received a B.A. fromOhio Wesleyan University, an M.A. from Rice University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin.  He has also taught at the U.S. Army Command andGeneral Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Military Academy, and theUniversity of Houston.

    Founded in 1951, The Civil War Round Table of New York generally meets the second Wednesday of the month from September to June. Members assist each other with research, discuss preservation strategy for endangered battlefields, and listen to a distinguished speaker talk about a particular aspect of the war. For the year 2008/2009, the meeting location will be the 3 West Club,3 West 51st Street in Manhattan.

    For more information on the Civil War Round Table of New York, please contact The Civil War Round Table of New York at our mailing address:139-33 250 th Street, Rosedale, New York 11422.  Or, if you prefer, call 718-341-9811, or email us atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Check out our website at

  • Laurel Hill Cemetery's Bravest Souls, Memorial Day Events


    The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868. The entourage will gather at the resting place of General Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional service honoring all veterans who fell defending the nation. A wreath-laying, speeches and honor guards will enhance the ceremony.
    Refreshments will be served after the ceremony, and tours of Laurel Hill will be available. The event is co-sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia, American Legion Post #405, Post #1 Society, Union League, and Anna M. Ross Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans.
    Laurel Hill is one of Philadelphia’s premier historic sites, and one of the few cemeteries in the United States to be honored as a National Historic Landmark, where numerous people of both local and national fame are buried. Its natural beauty renders it a bucolic retreat nestled within the city’s limits overlooking the Schuylkill River. The cemetery’s beautiful green space is further complimented by the breathtaking art, sculpture and architecture that can be found here.
    What: Laurel Hill’s Bravest Souls: Memorial Day Parade, Service and Reception
    When: Sunday, May 24th, 12:00pm
    Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue,
    Cost: FREE
    Contact: (215) 228-8200;
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  • Stonewall Jackson in the Valley Seminar

    2009 Seminars to focus on Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart
     Some of the nation’s top historians will provide an in-depth look at Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson during a five-day seminar in July.
    “Stonewall Jackson in the Valley” will be presented July 22-26at the Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way. The seminar will include bus tours of Jackson’s famous 1862 valley campaign and will include discussions by Ed Bearss, Eric Wittenberg and other historians. Stephen Lang, an actor who portrayed Jackson in “Gods and Generals,” and who had roles in “Tombstone” and “Gettysburg,” also will participate (schedule permitting).
    The seminar by Chambersburg Civil War Tours is sponsored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce in south central Pennsylvania. The organization has offered seminars focusing on the history of the region since 1989. Chambersburg is 25 miles west of Gettysburg and just slightly farther from Antietam National Battlefield near Hagerstown.

    The seminars, coordinated by historian Ted Alexander and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, have raised more than $100,000 for battlefield preservation since their inception in 1989. “Since the seminars began 20 years ago in 1989, more than 6,000 men and women from 38 states and four foreign countries have trekked to our area to take part in these educational seminars,” Alexander said. Four Civil War seminars in 2008 attracted 289 people to Chambersburg from throughout the United States and Canada.
    The concluding seminar in 2009 will be “Riding with J.E.B. Stuart,”from Oct. 9-11 at the Four Points Sheraton in Chambersburg.
    For more information on the seminars, contact the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at (717) 264-7101 or see the Web site, Costs vary depending on the sessions attended. Price includes motor coach transportation for guided tours, seminar materials and some meals.
  • Federal Spending

    What a travesty.  We are told that subprime mortgages and other bad home loans have led to a world wide financial crisis possibly rivaling the Great Depression.  Certainly there were bad loans and poor legislation requiring the loans, but do you really believe that debt amounting to the World's Gross Domestic Production, the revenue generated in one year world-wide, was loaned to home buyers from California to New York?

    As an American taxpayer you should question the news being fed to you.  You should talk to your Senator or Congressman and have them tell you the story.  Then check it.  Look at the source of the story you hear on T.V. or in print.  Ask yourself if the news you hear or read is from a single reporter in the Associated Press or are there multiple sources?

    We are on the brink of giving our government more power over the people than it has ever had, even during times of war.  The long term affects of what is happening are yet to be seen, but we are now assured that after the Federal Reserve prints enough money to cover the spending in the stimulus bill we will be facing double digit inflation within a few short years.  Inflation is the only way the debt we are incurring can be devalued enough to afford it.

    Ask your Congressman if they reviewed the bill in it's final form before the final vote.   Ask them if they even had it available in it's final form before the vote.    Read the Appropriations Bill, or at least scan it.   Is $198,000,000 for finishing a building that is already built the right amount?  Does this create permanent jobs?

    If you are like the average person you are raising your eyebrows at the news you hear.  It just doesn't seem to fit.  It does not take a rocket scientist to realize there is something awry in the way your money and your future are being spent and promised.  There is an old saying that begins "if it walks like a duck".  It seems there are a lot of ducks out there disguised as our Senators and Congressmen... 
  • Civil War ship found in Hillsborough River

    Fox News - Tampa, FL
    TAMPA - Beneath the murky water - hardly visible at all - a dive team with the Florida Aquarium has made quite a discovery - a find that may be even better than buried treasure.

    Using sonar, the team says they've found what could be the remains of a wrecked civil war blockade-runner.

    Read the article

    And a follow on article -
    Fox News, Tampa, FL
    TAMPA - It's hard to see, even up close. It's underwater and most parts are completely covered in barnacles. But Florida Aquarium dive teams have confirmed that a long-submerged wreck in the Hillsborough River is that of the Kate Dale, the first Confederate blockade runner ever found in the state of Florida.

    A still photo from underwater in the Hillsborough River shows the barnacle-encrusted wooded frame from a vessel that divers believe is the 'Kate Dale.' Courtesy the Florida Aquarium.

    Read the article

  • Soldier's family donates medals to Civil War Museum

    Daily Record/Sunday News

    A Harrisburg museum received two medals of honor donations from a soldier's family, according to a news release.

    The National Civil War Museum was awarded the medals Saturday to add to its permanent collection in a ceremony in Harrisburg, officials said.

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  • Post Protect Civil War Monument

    Tue, May 20, 2008. 01:42 PM
    By Elizabeth Choi


    Zanesville, OH: An 84 year old historical monument commemorating Civil War heroes received special attention to ensure it's permanence in Zanesville.

    Motorist have crashed into the fencing around the Greenwood Avenue Grand Army of the Republic Monument several times in the past year. Representatives from various organization worked to preserve the piece of history.

    Read the article

  • Civil War program begins at Malabar

    Mansfield News Journal

    MANSFIELD, OH — Ashley Hoffman, an eighth grader at Malabar Middle School, was caught between hefty and hilarious Monday. She couldn’t control her giggles while struggling to hold a 9-pound rifle steady for 10 seconds during a Civil War demonstration.

    Hoffman and dozens of students learned war and life were a struggle during this period in history.

    Read the article

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  • War between the state revisited at Brandywine Schools

    War between the state revisited at Brandywine Schools

    By ZURI KELVER / Niles Daily Star
    Monday, May 19, 2008 11:47 AM EDT

    NILES - Sometimes the smoke that escapes a shooting cannon will create a perfect ring that expands and floats upwards heeding to the wind. It is truly a sight to behold.

    The Confederacy and Union soldiers battled this weekend behind Brandywine Community Schools, to the entertainment of visitors.

    Residents from Brandywine and surrounding communities were able to witness cannonball smoke rings and a full scale re-enactment of a Civil War battle on the Lowe family property Saturday and Sunday.

    This event is reported as the 2nd annual re-enactment, which indicates we will see this event next year somewhere near Niles, MI.

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  • REVIEW: 'Brady's Civil War' By Webb Garrison Online

    Review by Bill Lair, Managing Editor
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    If the Vietnam War was the first war that Americans could see on television, the Civil War was the first one people saw at all.

    And Mathew Brady is the photographer credited with most of the images we have seen of the 1861-65 conflict.

    A new book, “Brady’s Civil War,” by Webb Garrison (Lyons Press) recently arrived at the office.

    Read the article

  • Unlucky Civil War soldier honored


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    Debbie Griswold of Nicholasville knelt Sunday before a memorial headstone for Sgt. Lucien Wheatley during a memorial service in the Old Episcopal Burying Ground for the Union soldier. Photo by Whitney Waters
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    Debbie Griswold of Nicholasville knelt Sunday before a memorial headstone for Sgt. Lucien Wheatley during a memorial service in the Old Episcopal Burying Ground for the Union soldier. Photo by Whitney Waters
    Sgt. Lucien WheatleyRod and Iline Gronlund, descendants of Sgt. Lucien Wheatley, looked at a plaque that was given to them by a Civil War veterans group. Photo by Whitney Waters

    Sgt. Lucien Wheatley had a very bad Civil War.

    Wheatley, the son of a notable Lexington family, fought with the Union Army until Confederates captured him at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863.

    He spent the next 18 months enduring brutal conditions at the notorious prison camp in Andersonville, Ga. Finally freed at war's end, Wheatley boarded the steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River for the trip home -- and died when it exploded and sank near Memphis. His body was never found. He was 22.

    Read the article

    With more information about Wheatly and the Sultana, as well as the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, this article is of interest to Civil War enthusiasts and Genealogists.

  • Original Battlefield Parks Subject of Civil War Round Table 

    Meeting is Tuesday, May 20, at 7:00pm
    posted May 13, 2008

    The Chattanooga Civil War Round Table will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. The meeting is at 7 PM and will be held in the Millis-Evans Room of Caldwell Hall on the campus of the McCallie School. Enter the McCallie School campus on Dodds Avenue and follow the signs to the Academic Quadrangle.

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  • Rose on the hill

    Culpeper Star Exponent 
    By Jeff Say

    Published: May 15, 2008

    Rose Hill Farm in Stevensburg witnessed its share of destruction and tragedy during the Civil War. Now the elegant home overlooking the town of Culpeper is experiencing a rebirth of sorts, one the whole community can enjoy...

    During the Union army’s winter encampment of 1863-64, it served as the headquarters for Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick and the 3rd Division Calvary. Gen. George Custer and his bride even dined at the home as Kilpatrick’s guests.

    Read the article about this little gem of a spot to visit.

  • Fight resumes at Civil War site

    DAVID PERLMUTT (The Charlotte Observer)

    Dave Risdon wants to build a "country club" racetrack on land near the Yadkin River. Preservationists say the site is part of a key battle. (DAVIE HINSHAW - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



    The dispute centers on a former textile mill and 130 acres of forest just north of this Rowan County railroad town near the Yadkin River.

    Here, former Boston investment banker Dave Risdon, now of Huntersville, is clearing land to build a 2.15-mile "country club" raceway for amateur drivers of souped-up sports cars and motorcycles. The raceway would include a clubhouse and 120 townhomes lining the track.

    This is a conprehensive article on the land battle currently ongoing over preservation.  The article also provides information regarding the battle which spawned the controversy.

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  • Gettysburg battlefield: Rehabilitating Cemetery Ridge

    Evening Sun Reporter

    Map in hand, park ranger Karlton Smith lays an index finger on one rectangular shape he trusts to orient visitors with their historic surroundings.

    "This building's actually McDonald's," he says. "That's a good marker."

    Seconds later, an outstretched arm points toward the modern-day structure as it stands in real life on Emmitsburg Road - across the street from where Smith stands on Cemetery Ridge, a chunk of land on which hundreds were killed and wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg.

    The use of 20th-century developments as reference points is one way Smith said he has been able to help visitors better understand what happened here in 1863.

    But it's a teaching method that could someday be considered passé.

    For several years now, the Gettysburg National Military Park has been carrying out plans to "rehabilitate" some of the land within its 6,000-acre boundary.

    This is an in depth piece on the history of the battlefied and it's preservation.  If you visited Gettysburg as a child as I did, this article may inspire you to revist with your children.

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  • New Civil War book has local ties

  • United States Christian Commission

    We ran across something interesting today.  For some time we have known of the United States Christian Commission, a charitable organization begun during the Civil War as an outreach ministry of the Young Men's Christian Association (better known as the YMCA), which iteself began on 1844.  The USCC, as it was known, took on the work of providing for the moral as well as the physical and spiritual welfare of the soldiers.

    Of particular amazement was the amount of relief this organization contributed - $6,000,000 worth of aid donated by the American public.   From the current website for the USCC:

    "Monetary values listed are about 100-150 times more in today’s dollar value. The dollar value is most striking. Over $6,000,000 contributed and donated in the 1860’s is valued today to be between $600-$900 million dollars in four years, almost 1 billion dollars!"

    “That the people of the United States should have voluntarily contributed six millions of dollars for the moral welfare of the soldiers employed, in addition to other vast and other charitable contributions, is one of the wonders of the world.”

    General W.T. Sherman
    January 19, 1866

    An attempt to understand the makeup of the American people without looking at the contributions of her populace in charitable works falls short.  In this case, it is evident the charitable works of the church in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ and His message of forgiveness of sins as well as servanthood to fellow men was considerable.

    How does this compare to today?  Americans are still the most generous people on the planet and it is still the work of the church in leading those efforts! 

    For comparison, the donations to the USCC in the period from 1860-1865 was $6,000,000, or the equivalent in today's dollars of nearly $1 billion.  Considering the population today is roughly 10 times that of the 1860s, equivalent donations would exceed $30 billion in a five year period ending in 2008.  And this is just to a single charity.  In 2007, Americans gave over $295 billion in charitable donations.

    Overall charitable giving of Americans has not changed much over time.

    A graphical representation of charitable giving in the US

    USCC Website

  • For Armed Forces Day, new grave markers recognize Civil War soldiers

    Matt Vande Bunte
    The Grand Rapids Press
    May 17, 2008

    GRAND RAPIDS -- The engraving on the old headstone showed his name was "Francis --" and it was clear he was a "U.S. soldier." But there was nothing else about the man who is one of 66 Civil War veterans buried in a plot at Oakhill Cemetery.

    medium_graves17New headstones: Marcia Butgereit places American flags on the graves of Civil War veterans in Oak Hill Cemetery on Friday afternoon.

    The stone is one of 23 new grave markers being rededicated today, Armed Forces Day, in a 10 a.m. ceremony at the cemetery, 647 Hall St. SE. Nine of the stones, like Darling's, are replacements for originals that lacked vital information or had become illegible. The other 14 replace stones that never even had a name.

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    Visit a Sons of Union Veterans Restoration Project

  • G.A.R. and Civil War Museum open Memorial Day

    Marblehead, MA -The G.A.R. and Civil War Museum, located on the second floor of Marblehead’s Old Town House, will be open to the public on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    The G.A.R. was a post-Civil War veterans’ organization founded to provide support for soldiers and their families. Marblehead’s G.A.R. Room is preserved exactly as it was when the last meeting was held in the 1930s, and is one of the few remaining meeting rooms in the United States...

    The G.A.R. Room is maintained by the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society, and is open to the public on Memorial Day, July 4, during the Christmas Walk and by appointment. Additional openings are expected to be announced. For more information, call the Marblehead Museum at 781-631-1768.

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  • The American Character

    A historian argues that self-deception is a constant in U.S. history.
    Reviewed by Heather Cox Richardson
    Washington Post

    Sunday, May 18, 2008; Page BW04

    The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877

    By Walter A. McDougall
    Harper. 787 pp. $34.95

    This is an interesting take on American History, to say the least.  We admit has not read the book and is basing this response on the review linked below.  This historian sounds to be completely out of touch with American history.  Ms. Richardson states this succinctly, writing -
    "McDougall's focus on deception seems to reflect his view of the present more than it illuminates the past. " In fact, Ms. Richardson engages in "America bashing" similar to that of McDougall.

    From the article: 

    "What is the essential character of a nation that embraces both equality and enormous disparities in wealth, evangelical religion and a secular state, democracy and imperialism? In Throes of Democracy, Walter A. McDougall has a simple answer: Americans are liars, especially to themselves. "

    We feel compelled to put this here to give the reader the opportunity to know what is currently out there regarding American history, as well as to voice our opinion regarding revisionist history.  Frankly, we find works based more on opinion than fact which portray America in a negative light to Americans and the rest of the world appalling. 

    The above does not mean, however, there is nothing to be learned from this book or this article.   As with all things, use judgement.

  • Civil War Day

    Jacksonville, Illinois

    More than 200 seventh graders participated in Jonathan Turner Junior High School’s annual Civil War Day Friday.
    From 8:30 a.m. to just after noon, the students rotated through seven sessions of re-enactment, storytelling and hands-on history to learn what life was like almost 150 years ago.

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  • Civil War cannon rededicated

    Tri-State Media 
    Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 09:41:43 am EDT

    Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Department of Indiana, members stand behind the new Civil War memorial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Newburgh.
    On a windy, blue-sky afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery in Newburgh, IN the Civil War cannon that has graced the cemetery hillside for 104 years was rededicated to its purpose with renewed glory, appreciation and beauty.

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  • Fifth generation to own Civil War vest has it preserved

    Grove City Record 
    Wednesday,  May 14, 2008 7:49 AM
    Record Staff Writer
    By Chris Parker
    When her mother died in 2000, the sad duty of going through the possessions in the family home in the Scioto County community of Minford fell to Grove City resident Jewell Lykins.


    In the closet of a bedroom that her grandmother had lived in for a time, Lykins found a cardboard box. And in that box she found a vest. And with that vest she found a letter that explained who the aging, handmade garment had belonged to and why it had been something treasured by her grandmother and generations of the family before her.

    The article contains the bulk of the letter, as well as some information on the soldier involved.  It is an interesting and sad story, not disimilar from many others of the war.

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  • New name for monument

    By Dan Shortridge • The News Journal • May 14, 2008

    SEAFORD — William Bruce Martin was 17 when he marched into battle for the Confederate States of America.

    Now, 161 years after Martin was born in New Castle, his name is being added to a Delaware monument to those who fought for the South during the Civil War.

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  • Colors for the Gray

    Smoky Mountain News

    Ceremony marks Confederate Memorial Day in Waynesville
    By Michael Beadle

    A corner of Downtown Waynesville went back in time this past weekend for a ceremony and commemoration of Confederate veterans.

    On Saturday, May 10, the state’s Confederate Memorial Day, members of the 22nd North Carolina Company B encamped on the courthouse lawn, held military exercises in uniform and gave a 21-gun salute during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Haywood County Courthouse monument for Confederate veterans.

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  • City honour for soldier killed in American Civil War

    Edniburgh Evening News
    Published Date:13 May 2008
    A SOLDIER who left Edinburgh (Scotland) to fight in the American Civil War is set to have his name added to a monument honouring veterans of the conflict.
    Plans have been drawn up to inscribe the name of Colonel Robert Alexander Smith , who died in Kentucky in 1862, on to the Lincoln Memorial in the Old Calton Cemetery on Waterloo Place.
    What makes this unique is COL Smith fought on the side of the Confederacy.
  • Civil War trail ready to deploy

    By Joseph Cress, Sentinel Reporter, May 12, 2008
    Last updated: Monday, May 12, 2008 2:17 PM EDT

    Through July 4, the state Department of Transportation (Pennsylvania) plans to install directional signs along key roads guiding motorists to town centers where future wayside markers will be located, said Mike Perry, executive director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Middlesex Township. Local residents could expect to see signs along routes 11, 34, 174 and 641, each sporting the Civil War trail logo -- a gold outline of the Keystone State with a blue kepi, an infantry cap worn by Union soldiers.

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  • Civil War reenactment hosts hands-on education

    The OSU Lantern
    Jeff Bennett

    Cannon volleys disturbed the peace and shook downtown Columbus while entertaining masses of school children Friday at the Ohio Statehouse.

    "I almost peed my pants," said Miranda Duvall, a St. Mary School student, referring to one of the Statehouse's four thunderous Civil War cannons. "It was awesome."

    Read about life as a Civil War reenactor, which is, of course, recreating life during the Civil War as a soldier or person involved in camp support.  These folks learn history through living it, then teach it to others. Read the article.

  • 'Civil War' returns to Brandywine

    Niles Daily Star
    Monday, May 12, 2008 11:14 AM EDT

    NILES, MI - Saturday and Sunday, On May 17 and 18, you can "Take a Step Back in History" and experience the Civil War right here in the Brandywine community.

    Saturday and Sunday re-enactors will bring the Civil War to life next to Brandywine Middle/Senior High School.
    Read the article for more information on times, events and location.
  • Battlefields of the Civil War: Photography by William Earle Williams at Houston's MFA

    HOUSTON.- African American men served in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. But in 1861, in the first months of the Civil War, blacks in the North who tried to enlist in the Union Army were turned away. Undeterred, they continued to organize and drill in the expectation the law would change.

    This article discusses the work of William Earle Williams, a photographer who in 1995 began photographing the locations where black men fought in the Civil War.

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  • Ottawa tips its hat to Lincoln

    Decorated hats honor 150th anniversary of Lincoln-Douglas debate

    Friday, May 9, 2008

    OTTAWA - The city is tipping its hat to the 150th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln-Stephen Douglas debate that made Ottawa famous.

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  • Rockford library reveals real stories of Lincoln, slavery, Civil War

    Posted May 09, 2008 @ 08:51 AM

    Abraham Lincoln, the president who gave our state its nickname, is honored but also humanized in an exhibit on display at the Rockford Public Library.

    For all its huge graphics, extensive timelines, historic re-enactments and

    If you go
    What: “Experience Civil War Camp Life By the Rock River!”
    When:11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
    Where: The river esplanade by the Rockford Public Library main branch, 215 N. Wyman St. A Saturday Spectacular, “Life During the Civil War,” offers stories and activities for children from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the library’s Little Theatre.
    Cost:Free; no registration required.
    Information: 815-965-7606
    accompanying programs, “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” shows Lincoln to be a man, not just a larger-than-life hero.

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  • Steven Spielberg to Direct Film on Abraham Lincoln in 2009

    Los Angeles Times 
    12:46 PM PT, May 10 2008

    Steven Spielberg's long-rumored Abraham Lincoln biopic will go into production in 2009. It may be the director's next project after "Tintin," which is expected to go into production in September.
    Steven Spielberg says next project is Abraham Lincoln biopic scheduled for 2009
    "I want to start 'Lincoln' in early 2009, because it's Lincoln's 200th anniversary," Spielberg told German magazine Focuswhile doing advance press for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." (Editor's note: German-to-English translation via Google translator.)

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  • The account of Lincoln's assassination in Gov. Blasdel's diary

    Sue Ballew
    Special to the Appeal

    May 11, 2008, 4:01 AM

    The Carson Daily Appeal began printing about a month after Lincoln's assassination, but in the days following there were many reports. Information came to the newspaper from the East via telegraph, although the messages were sporadic as Indians would occasionally tear town the lines. Henry Goode Blasdel was the first elected Governor of the state of Nevada. He not only wrote a proclamation regarding Lincoln's death, but beginning on April 15, 1865, wrote about the days to follow in his diaries.

    The article provides entries from the diaries.  Read the article to see the entries.

  • Civilian side of warfare depicted at battlefield

    By Bill Robinson
    Register News Writer

    KINGSTON, KY — Wherever Civil War armies marched, especially where they fought, civilians were likely to be displaced.

    When houses were destroyed or occupied by solders, families had to make do.

    The 458 schoolchildren from Madison, Clark, Jackson and Rockcastle counties who visited Battlefield Park on Thursday and Friday learned how civilians were affected by the Civil War as well as how soldiers lived and died.

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  • Storm cuts short memorial for Civil War soldier

    By Seth Putnam

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    CARTHAGE, Mo. — Tornado sightings and torrential rain brought an early end to a ceremony to honor a deceased Civil War veteran at Park Cemetery on Saturday.
    The grave was that of a Confederate soldier named Moses A. Waldron (1844-1928). A Carthage resident, Waldron was present at the Battle of Gettysburg and at Pickett’s Charge.

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  • Civil War Veteran Remembered

    Reporter:Rhiana Huckins
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    A Civil War veteran was honored inside Shiloh Cemetery in Clayhatchee.

    David Billet served in the Civil War in the Eufaula unit and was given a formal ceremony Saturday.

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  • Remembering Jefferson Davis' 200th Birthday

    Calvin Johnson
    Is the "War Between the States" still taught in our schools?

    The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Lexington, Kentucky marks the spot where Jefferson Davis was born on June 3, 1808. Plans are underway to celebrate Davis' 200th birthday on June 7th 8th, there, in the shadow of a 351-foot monument to Davis.
  • Mahone Tavern on the block, on many minds

    BY R.E. SPEARS III/STAFF WRITER/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Saturday, May 10, 2008 12:01 PM EDT

    COURTLAND, VA—With historical Mahone’s Tavern up for sale by its private owner, a local group is working to raise the money and support that would be needed to buy it and preserve it for history.

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  • The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth

    DVD Talk Review

    About halfway through The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth (based on the book, American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael Kauffman, who also appears here on the documentary), historian Roger McGrath states that most Americans, in regards to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, know only that John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln at the Ford Theatre in Washington, D.C., while knowing little or nothing of the events leading up to and following this terrible act. He may be right. As a little kid, I remember seeing that Sunn Classic Pictures shlock-tacular, The Lincoln Conspiracy (the one where Bradford Dillman's fake moustache is always in danger of falling off), as well as some other documentaries on the subject since then, but prior to watching The History Channel's The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth I doubt I could have named all his co-conspirators, nor say with certainty if Booth was captured and tried, or killed during the manhunt for the famous actor and notorious assassin.

    This review goes on to tell about the plot to assinate Lincoln and it's immediate aftermath.  It is a good synopsis of the events and presumably the DVD is even better.

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  • Join the United Daughters of the Confederacy

    Culpeper  Star Exponent

    Contributed Report
    Published: May 8, 2008

    Area history events 

    Do you have an ancestor who fought in the War Between the States? If so, would you like to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The United Daughters of the Confederacy is a heritage organization which was founded at Nashville, Tenn. in 1894.

    More information


  • Civil War descends on Conner Prairie

    May 17 & 18, 2008

    Reenactors, Abe Lincoln, Civil War battle, period music, great food!

    (Fishers, IN) On Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 Conner Prairie will transform the historic areas of 1836 Prairietown and 1886 Liberty Corner into Union and Confederate Civil War camps. For Civil War Days only, guests will see the 1860s brought to life with nearly 500 Civil War reenactors from across the Midwest converging in Fishers, Indiana.

    This is a great opportunity for the whole family.  Conner's Prarie is located near Indianapolis, Indiana, making it a day trip from places like Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Louisville, etc.

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  • Memorial event ties to display at museum

    Special to the Times-News

    Confederate Memorial Day will be observed at 2 p.m. Saturday on the plaza at the Historic Courthouse Square, Henderson County, North Carolina. The ceremony will be conducted by the Walter M. Bryson-George Mills Chapter 70, Sons of Confederate Veterans and will include a color guard, brief speeches by Mike Scruggs, who writes about the Civil War for the Asheville Tribune, and SCV Chapter 70 President Robbie Gilbert.

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    Florence, SC, Memorial Day Event

  • Civil War actors to build camp at Ohio Statehouse

    Associated Press - May 8, 2008 10:55 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Cannons will blast downtown Columbus tomorrow to kick off a weekend Civil War re-enactment.

    The Civil War buffs will build a camp on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse.

    The event begins at 9 a.m., when Ohio first lady Frances Strickland will help with the first cannon firing.

    Read about it
  • Civil War bus tour in Washington, D.C.

    by Jamie Rhein May 8th 2008 @ 11:00AM

    Jeffrey recently wrote a post about the Gettysburg electric map that depicts this battle in different colored electric lights. The map may become no more, but here is a new opportunity to learn about the Civil War. In Washington, D.C., starting Memorial Day weekend, the bus tour "Civil War Washington: Soldiers and Citizens" will be taking people to several sites important to the time period.

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  • Latest American Civil War Casualty

    Ancient Cannon Ball Explodes

    May 5, 2008: The U.S. Civil War continues to kill. Sam White, a Virginia based collector of Civil War munitions, died recently while cleaning up a nine inch, 75 pound, cannon ball. White had previously restored or examined over 1,500 of these shells. But the one that killed him was different. It was fired from a ship board gun, and was designed to be more waterproof than shells used by land based artillery. This kept the fuze, and black powder explosive charge, dry and viable after 150 years. Mister White was using metal tools to clean up the shell, which apparently set off the fuze, and detonated the shell more than 150 years after it was fired off the Virginia coast.

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  • Central eyes historic district, funds Civil War re-enactment

    Central South Carolina is home to an annual Civil War reenactment.  There is a recent article discussing the event and providing details on the community efforts surrounding it.

    The Battle of Central is an annual Civil War re-enactment, which takes place at the Tankersley Farm on SC 93 between the towns of Central and Norris. The dates for the event are May 17 and 18 and the cost is $10 per car. For more information contact Ken Wilson at (864) 859-0435.

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  • Behind a Civil War Southern Triumph

    Tuesday, May 06, 2008
    By JOHN H. ALLENFor The Times

    Huntsville Times

    "Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!," became the title of a book by George Rable. It is the definitive account of the battle. On Thursday evening, Rable will address the Tennessee Valley Civil War Roundtable on the occasion of its 15th anniversary at the Elks Lodge at 6:30. Rable's topic, "Fredericksburg: The Battlefield and Beyond," is a talk that focuses on how the significance of this battle extended far beyond the battlefield.

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  • Governor Kaine adds money to state budget to protect Virginia Civil War sites

    The governor of Virginia, Timothy M. Kaine, is asking for unappropriated funds (roughly $5 million) to be offered as grants for non-profit organizations working to preserve Civil War sites.  For every dollar granted two dollars must be spent by the non-profit.

    Considering the matching funds requirment and given that the Civil War Preservation Trust is the 800 pound gorilla in the preservation game, it is likely that nearly all of this proposed money is going that direction.

    Read about the proposal

  • Historic Civil War, Texas and Celebrity Western Artifacts up for Auction

    Gordon Lightfoot's silver and gold parade saddle, a knife and beaded sheath attributed to legendary Indian Chief Crazy Horse who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn , and an engraved Colt 1860 Army with Tiffany grips attributed to Texas Revolution hero Juan Seguin, are among some of the museum quality artifacts going up for auction on April 19 in Texas.

    New Braunfels, TX (PRWEB) April 15, 2008 -- Gordon Lightfoot's silver and gold parade saddle, a knife and beaded sheath attributed to legendary Indian Chief Crazy Horse who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and an engraved Colt 1860 Army with Tiffany grips attributed to Texas Revolution hero Juan Seguin, are among some of the museum quality artifacts going up for auction on April 19.

    Juan Seguin 1860 Colt Army
    Juan Seguin 1860 Colt Army

    The Western auction features other local Texas artifacts such as saloon advertising jugs marked with the Texas towns they came from and antique Lone Star Brewery advertising. "We have great western décor items and historical items for serious collectors," said Robb Burley, of Burley Auction Gallery in New Braunfels, where the sale is being held. Additional prominent Texas items in the auction include a collection of Texas Ranger firearms and related items. Of those are badges belonging Texas Ranger Captain Clint Peoples, which were on display at the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, and an oval badge with eagle that accompanies a pistol formerly belonging to Texas Ranger A.Y. Allee, Jr., with his personal brand on the grips.


    There are over 150 firearms in the auction, many with historical ties such as the gun set previously belonging to Texas Border Patrolman Bill Jordan, one of the last gunfighters. There is also a rare Wells Fargo Express Co. marked shotgun, Smith & Wesson Schofield pistol, and knife. Another unusual item is a Civil War percussion sniper rifle with a telescopic site for shooting officers at long range, which weighs about sixty pounds. It was captured from a Union soldier by a Texan and brought back to his home. Other firearms of importance are rare factory engraved Colts, a Colt revolving carbine, a Colt Dragoon and Baby Dragoon, cased and engraved Colt model 1849, Colt Bisleys, Winchester 1866s, a factory engraved 1873 short rifle, 1873s, deluxe Winchester 1886, 1892s, 1894s, Winchester Trapper, Winchester Winder musket, and additional Civil War guns.

    We have great western décor items and historical items for serious collectors
    Other important western artifacts include the first original lithograph of General Custer made after his defeat, a pistol, gun belt, photo and bust of the famous Mexican Revolutionary General, Antonio Acuña Galindo, ca. 1890, a badge belonging to an Eagle Lake Texas Marshall, and a Civil War photo of Rebel Army generals Hood, Forrest and Bragg.

    Additional collectibles in the sale are a 1930's Pueblo Indian drum, a 1920's Indian rug with swastikas, a Texas-made poker table of long-leaf pine from the 1890's, gambler's boxes, bits and spurs, saddles, early saloon advertising, Navajo Indian rugs, Sheffield Bowie knives, antique military swords, antique toys, old cast iron mechanical banks, Coca Cola trays, a 1939 Coca Cola salesman sample cooler, Winchester and country store advertising, ammunition advertising, posters and calendars, plus cigar and whiskey advertising.

    The auction is being held in New Braunfels, Texas, at the Burley Auction Gallery, 134 Deborah Drive, Saturday, April 19th starting at 10:00 am. The preview is Friday, April 18th at 12:00 noon until 6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am until 10:00am at auction start. If you cannot attend the live auction, you can bid absentee, by phone, or online through eBay Live. For more information, full catalog with photos visit Burley Auction Gallery, TX Lic. #15184, at or call 830-237-3440.

  • "Both Read the Same Bible"

    Mark Noll on the Civil War as a theological crisis.
    by Robert Tracy McKenzie
    Christianity Today

    Only in the last ten to fifteen years has the serious study of the Civil War's religious dimension become commonplace. Thanks to scholars such as Mitchell Snay, Steven Woodworth, James McPherson, Richard Carwardine, Eugene Genovese, and Harry Stout, we now know much more than ever before concerning the role of religious bodies and religious beliefs in the unfolding of the sectional crisis.

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  • Lecture: Newly Discovered Robert E. Lee Artifacts

    Paige Newman has been stuck in a trunk for quite some time. While this may sound like a magic trick gone awry, the reality is much more historic in nature.

    On April 15, 2008, Newman will be on the Emory & Henry College campus to discuss the project and share information about the items discovered and now cataloged. The lecture will take place in McGlothlin-Street Hall Room 102, at 6:30 p.m.

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  • Civil War reenactors bring history to life

    Published April 07, 2008 04:17 pm - The year is 1863, and members of the Indiana 49th Company F are in the midst of a Civil War battle. At least that’s what members of the company’s reenactment group pretends year after year.

    Batesville Herald Tribune

    The year is 1863, and members of the Indiana 49th Company F are in the midst of a Civil War battle. At least that’s what members of the company’s reenactment group pretends year after year.

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  • $103 million Gettysburg museum ready to open

    A place where voices of the Civil War can be heard
    Sunday, April 13, 2008
    By Cindi Lash, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Teeming with artifacts, archives, educational and research facilities and interactive exhibits that allow visitors to sample a Civil War soldier's life, the $103 million center opens tomorrow at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Adams County.

    Read the article I fondly remember the 360 degree panorama which I saw as a child. It is great to know it will finally be on display once again! Can't wait to visit the museum with my kids.
  • Racine's Civil War Cannons to be Back on Display Next Month

    Sun, 13 Apr 2008 22:40:05 GMT
    RACINE, Wis. (AP) A pair of cannons from the Civil War will return to Monument Square next month after nearly two years of public debate.

    The two cannons, which had been in the square for more than 100 years before being moved in 2005, will return to be displayed on June 14 after nearly being moved to the new Civil War Museum in Kenosha and spending time behind a shed.

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  • Battlefield of Perryville Saved

    City rejects development plan near Civil War battle site

    The Associated Press

    Civil War re-enactors helped thwart a development that would have put dozens of new homes near Kentucky's largest historic battlefield.

    Read the article

    Perryville is but one of several sites of Civil War engagements that are slated for commercial or real estate development.  Slowly but surely our nations heritage and history is succumbing to economic progress. 

    There is a balance to be found and each site is different, standing or falling on it's own merits.  The best way to preserve our battlefields is to purchase the land from the owner or developer at a market rate and to enable alternatives to development.  This has been the role of the Civil War Preservation Trust for many years now.

  • The First Louisiana Special Battalion: Wheat's Tigers in the Civil War

    Lancaster Online
    By CINDY HUMMEL, Correspondent

    The First Louisiana Special Battalion: Wheat's Tigers in the Civil War

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    This article discusses the author and his book, titled above.  In the article is a description of the contents of the book, a brief background of Louisiana's Wheat's Tigers, the Filibuster Wars, and a summary of Union Maj. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford's experiences.

  • Chambersburg Man Finds Grave Of Ancestor, A Civil War Veteran

    Public Opinion
    Chambersburg, PA

    After years of searching, a Chambersburg man has located the lost gravesite of his great-great-uncle, Lt. Col. Ephraim Anderson, who served in the Civil War.
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    There are actually two articles here - the first discusses the search by a family for information about their ancestor.  The second provides a brief biography of their ancestor, Civil War veteran LTC Ephraim Anderson of the Union army.
  • Book Examines Civil War In Pop Culture

    Published: Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
    Last Modified: Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 4:46 p.m.

    Gary W. Gallagher of the University of Virginia is one of the nation's foremost historians of the American Civil War. Often, however - as in Lee and His Generals in War and Memory - Gallagher's concern is not so much what happened in the Late Unpleasantness but what we think we remember about it.

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    This book, while not read by the staff here, could be interesting.  The causes of the war listed are all legitimate from our study.  Some weigh more heavily than others in the influence they had on motivating the combatants.

    Not much has changed, actually, over the years.  Being a member of the military and having fought in a war I can honestly say there are many differing opinions among the troops as to why they are there, how much they support the fight, etc.  As with the Civil War, I am sure some views are held by more people and some by less, but all are represented.

  • Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum

    Daily Record/Sunday News Article
    Last Updated: 04/06/2008 02:51:03 AM EDT

    Robert Kinsley, chairman of the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation, agreed to answer some questions posed through e-mail about the new museum and visitor center opening April 14.

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    The Free Lance Star
    Fredericksburg, VA

    Are you tired of the 21st century? Do you sometimes wish you could turn the clock back to a time when life was slower, manners were better and there wasn't any road rage? Visitors of all ages will find fun, learning and relief from modern-day stress on Saturday at the 11th annual Civil War Day, at the American Civil War Center in Richmond.

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  • Society Slates Civil War Program

    Voices the newspaper
    April 2, 2008

    Private William Webb was a soldier and a native of Hartford. He was recruited in 1863 and served in the 29th (Colored) Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, serving in several battles in Virginia.

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  • Camp Curtin

    Camp Curtin

    Harrisburg's Civil War importance as a transportation center and state capital became strikingly clear upon the fall of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, in April of 1861 when President Abraham Lincoln and Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin issued a call for volunteers to take up arms against the Confederacy.

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  • Civil War history is on the march

    | special to the sun

    Civil War history is on the march
    Exhibit in Ellicott City looks at conflict's impact on the town 

    Living-history demonstrations are one attraction of the museum's latest exhibit, which runs through May 4, focusing on Ellicott City during the Civil War...

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  • Civil War soldier's diary going home

    Friday, March 21, 2008
    By Dean Baker, Columbian staff writer

    While sorting through his late aunt’s effects in Downey, Calif., Mitch Hammontree found a leather-bound book, which he was amazed to discover was the diary of a Confederate soldier.

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  • Park Day

    Wed, Mar. 19, 2008
    Lexington, KY Herald - Leader

    Perryville's Park Day

    On April 5, history buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Preservation Trust to help clean and restore America's priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort ­— dubbed Park Day — is underwritten with a grant from The History Channel. For the second time, this year's Park Day is presented in partnership with Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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  • Civil War Memorial proposal clears hurdle

    Thursday, March 20, 2008
    By Mark Nesbitt/Sauk Prairie Eagle

    The judgement day for a new Civil War memorial design slated for the triangular green space at the corner of Water, Paulina and Jefferson streets will come at a future Sauk City Plan Commission meeting.

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  • Civil War Casualties Teach Good Lesson

    Marine Corps News | SSgt. K.R. Murphy | March 19, 2008

    FOUR OAKS, N.C. - Imagine feeling your lower leg being manually sawed off below the knee without the aid of anesthesia to numb the sickening pain. If you can handle it, you survive through the shock. If you can't, you immediately die of extreme shock or worse, a slow, infectious death. Unfortunately, many of the 80,000 Soldiers who fought in the bloody Battle of Bentonville experienced this scenario simply because doctors did not have the personnel, supplies and technology to properly treat all wounded. Luckily for the Marines and Sailors who fight today, corpsmen and Navy doctors do.

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  • Civil War fashion show held in Gettysburg

    Civil War fashion show held in Gettysburg

    Evening Sun Reporter
  • Curtiss Museum puts Civil War on Display

    Curtiss Museum puts Civil War on Display
    March 16, 2008

    PHOTO BY JASON COX/THE LEADER Rick Leisenring, curator of Hammondsport Glenn Curtiss Museum, polishes a musket on display at the museum's Civil War exhibit.
    Hammondsport - Joseph Cummin was only 12 years old when he enlisted in the 44th New York Volunteer Infantry, in Elmira, at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.

    A big kid, he was able to pass for a 16 year old, and he became a drummer, taking part in 17 battles.

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  • Civil War battlefields under siege

    Civil War battlefields under siege

    By Michael Farr
    March 13, 2008
    The Washington Times

    Cedar Creek battlefield in Virginia faces threats from an expanding limestone mine, the proposed widening of Interstate 81 and a plan to extend power line construction. (Associated Press)

    Antietam is on this year's list of the 10 most-endangered Civil War battlefields prepared by the Civil War Preservation Trust, a District-based group that says land development is increasingly threatening the "hallowed ground" of these sites.

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  • Battlefields surrounded, preservationists warn

    The common enemy is visual clutter, they say. Antietam is among the latest Civil War sites to go on the watch list.
    By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun
    March 13, 2008
    WASHINGTON -- Antietam National Battlefield survived the bloodiest day in American history. Now, historic preservationists say, it's under threat from modern technology.

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  • Gettysburg Reenactor Appreciation Weekend

    Gettysburg Reenactor Appreciation Weekend (Scott Mingus Blog) March 8, 2008

    Today I attended the 3rd annual Reenactors Appreciation Weekend in Gettysburg. There were more than 400 living historians and reenactors in town to take advantage of several free get-togethers and special events, as well as discount admissions to various museums, restaurants, and specialty retail stores. The bad weather in western PA and across Ohio, WV, and Kentucky kept several people from attending, but those who were able to come seemed to have a good time...

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  • New Museum and Visitor Center to Open at Gettysburg National Military Park

    GETTYSBURG, Pa., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A new museum dedicated to the
    history of the Battle of Gettysburg in the context of the Civil War will
    open April 14, 2008, at Gettysburg National Military Park. A joint project
    of the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service, the museum will
    join together artifacts, hands-on exhibits, multimedia technology, and
    archival materials for an interactive, enriching experience that will
    excite visitors of all ages and instill a deeper understanding of the Civil
    War, its causes and consequences. The new Museum and Visitor Center is part
    of a $125 million fundraising campaign to preserve the historic integrity
    of Gettysburg.
  • Shiloh National Military Park to Manage Property

    The Associated Press • February 24, 2008

    CORINTH — The Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission and Shiloh National Military Park are working on an agreement for the National Park Service to begin managing 800 acres of Civil War battlefield property even before a formal transfer is completed.

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  • Welcome to

    The 1860's was one of the most musical decades in American history, and in no other war than the Civil War did music play such an important role among the soldiers. Robert E. Lee wrote in 1864, "I don't believe we can have an army without music."

    The information in this section will bring you closer to the people of the Civil War as you explore the thoughts and emotions of the soldiers and the people who waited for their return. In addition to listening to selected samples you can discover the background of each song, read along with the lyrics, and order CD's by Douglas Jimerson --recognized as one of the leading authorities on the evolution of American vocal music.

    It was the greatest war in American history.
    3 million fought - 600,000 died.
    It was the only war fought on American soil by Americans, and for that reason we have always been fascinated with The Civil War.

    The purpose of our site is to bring history students, educators and Civil War enthusiasts the very best and most comprehensive information available regarding this American conflict, including its causes and effects. To that end, we have recently enhanced this site to add content more quickly and to dramatically increase the speed with which information is returned to you. We have also added a new Civil War forum (see link below), via which you can exchange your ideas and opinions regarding this critical part of American History with your peers.

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  • Visit Civil War History

    We would like to bring to your attention the special role played by one state in many of the events leading up to the Civil War. Check out the link to "Where The Civil War Began" in the ad space to the upper right to learn how you can revisit the actual sites where they all took place and perhaps win a getaway to America's historic past.
  • Online Bookstore

    We have now added the online Bookstore. Here you'll find hundreds of books regarding everything from battles, maps, campaigns, and novels.
  • 341 Battles Updated and Added

    341 Civil War battles have been added and updated to this site. Each battle now includes extended statistics and a brief description of each battle's events and overview. Visit the Battles section to view the added content.
  • Harpers Ferry / John Brown

    The transcript and testimonies of John Brown's trial following his failed raid on Harpers Ferry has been added to the site.  More to follow.  The documents are found in the Documents section,  under Government Documents.

    It is an interesting read, being primarily comprised of the testimony of the participants and eye witnesses.  An insight to prevailing attitudes towards slavery, religion  and the general response of a populace to a community disturbance are all revealed.

    Look for more information soon on what is often considered the opening salvo of the Civil War. 

    Additionally the extensive links section will be returning soon.

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