Sesquicentennial News Briefs
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April 2011 Issue
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Updated 3/24/2011

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April 2011

Prince William Event
BRISTOW, Va. — Brentsville residents’ endorsement of Virginia’s secession and forming of military units in April 1861 will be commemorated in a sesquicentennial weekend and cavalry ride on April 30.
The program at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre includes reenactment of the secession debate, an encampment, military demonstrations and presentation of a flag to the Prince William Cavalry. At 3 p.m. the unit will leave for the Manassas Museum where an exhibit about the original regiment will be unveiled.
For information call (703) 365-7895 or (703) 368-1873.

New Stamps
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service’s new stamps commemorating the Civil War 150th anniversary go on sale April 12. The stamps depict the start of the war and the first major battle.

One stamp shows the Currier & Ives lithograph, “Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor.” The other shows the 1964 Sidney E. King painting “The Capture of Rickett’s Battery” depicting fighting on Henry Hill during the Battle of First Bull Run at Manassas, Va.

The series will feature two new stamps each anniversary year. The sheets, or panes, of stamps will include quotations and song lyrics.

Manassas Anniversary
MANASSAS, Va. — The 150th anniversary of 1st Manassas/Bull Run will begin July 21 when the City of Manassas in conjunction with Historic Manassas Inc. and the Manassas Museum begins four days of living history events at six historical sites: Old Manassas Courthouse, Gen. Beauregard’s 1861 headquarters Liberia, Cannon Branch Fort, Junction at Mayfield, Confederate Cemetery and Manassas City Cemetery, and Manassas Museum and Camp Manassas

The events will begin with the July 21 centennial reenactment of the 1911 Peace Jubilee attended by President William Taft and veterans. The weekend will include interpretations at various sites on subjects including military occupation, espionage, railroads, forts and communications, plus encampments, period baseball, a parade, art exhibit, ball and cemetery ceremony.

People interested in participating can contact Historic Manassas Inc. at (703) 361-6599 or (877) 848-3018 or

For additional Manassas information: Manassas National Battlefield Park at; Prince William County’s battle July 23 and 24 reenactment at; city events at;;

Vermont Event
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state capitol is being readied for the Civil War Sesquicentennial with new exhibits throughout the building. They will be unveiled the evening of April 6.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and other leaders will take part in a brief reenactment commemorating Vermont’s April 23, 1861, special legislative session to respond to Lincoln’s request for troops and funding.

Two new interpretive panels for the 10 foot by 20 foot Julian Scott painting of the 1st Vermont Brigade at the Oct. 19, 1864, Battle of Cedar Creek will explain the battle and its importance to Vermont veterans.

The legislature commissioned the painting in 1870. In the corners of the frame the battles of Gettysburg, Petersburg, Fredericksburg and the Wilderness are noted. Artist Julian Scott was a drummer in the 3rd Vermont, enlisting on June 1, 1861, at age 15. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing wounded under enemy fire during the April 16, 1862, Battle at Lee’s Mills, Va.

Arkansas Kick Off
LITTLE ROCK, Ark — The state will launch its 150th commemoration at the Old State House Museum on April 30 with the first of annual sesquicentennial exhibits and a documentary about Civil War Arkansas.

The sesquicentennial commission is awarding grants of up to $2,000 four times a year. The commission’s Web site,, has been expanded with new podcasts and names of people who give Civil War presentations.

Charleston Plans
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust, a consortium that supports the National Park Service’s efforts to preserve, protect and enhance its sites, plans a variety of activities for the sesquicentennial.

In April alone these programs include dinner cruises, showing of “Glory,” two concerts, a James McPherson lecture, boat tour to Fort Sumter, living history programs at Forts Sumter and Moultrie, exhibit openings and a symposium about Freemasonry.

A complete listing of activities that include concerts, theater performances and reenactments can be found at The Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has information at

Baltimore Promotions
BALTIMORE, Md. — The Visit Baltimore tourism agency is focusing on the Civil War 150th, promoting local exhibits and war-related attractions in a $65,000 campaign.

The Baltimore Civil War 150th Commemoration Committee did much of the planning. The April 19, 1861, Pratt Street Riot, during which soldiers in the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia were attacked, will be commemorated at the April 16 rededication of the President Street Station.

The “Riots, Railroads and the Coming of Mr. Lincoln” exhibit recently opened at the restored Camden Station’s Sports Legends Museum.

Additional exhibits open in April at the Maryland Historical Society, B&O Railroad Museum and Mount Clare Museum. For information go to

Weekly Podcast
FARMVILLE, Va. — Dr. Chuck Ross and Dr. David Coles at Longwood University have started “That a Nation Might Live,” an online weekly podcast, also available on iTunes. It reports the week’s key developments 150 years ago and will continue until 2015.

The site is Additional information is at
First Responders
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — The three regiments that were the first in Massachusetts to report for duty came from Marblehead, which is honoring their service through the Marblehead Museum Civil War in Marblehead Project.

The museum’s “Marblehead and the Civil War” video will air on local cable channels during April. An April 14 lecture, April 16 open house at the GAR and Civil War Museum, April 28 lecture and May 14 concert are planned.

The museum invites information about the local veterans. For information call (781) 631-1768 or go to

Michigan Event
LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Historical Center will host Sesquicentennial Opening Ceremonies at 3 p.m. on April 15. The following day a large reenactor and living historian event will welcome visitors from 9-4.

For information about 150th events go to

Missouri Raid
LIBERTY, Mo. — The anniversary of the April 20, 1861, secessionists’ raid on the Missouri Depot in Liberty, the  Liberty Arsenal, will be commemorated in two programs.  An April 20 City Hall presentation will focus on the arsenal and the raid’s impact on Missouri Civil War history.

An April 23 ceremony will be held near the location of the arsenal south of Liberty. For updates go to

N.C. Programs
RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has organized the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit” to travel to three museums and 49 public libraries through spring 2013 and planned more than 200 events statewide.

Program topics include the roles of women, Cherokee and U.S. Colored Troops, the impact of the war on home life, sickness and mortality, land and sea battles, Civil War music and freedmen’s colonies.

Conferences are scheduled this year, 2013 and 2015. The theme of this year’s at the N.C. Museum of History on May 20 is “Memory.” 

The Historical Publications Section will publish Volume 18 of the North Carolina Roster of the Civil War, covering the Senior Reserves, in April.  The North Carolina Civil War Atlas will be published in 2014.

For program information go to and where maps, graphics, digital records, images and timeline and more are shown.

Ohio Village
COSHOCTON, Ohio — Historic Roscoe Village’s 2011 tour season, “Civil War: On the Home Front,” depicting village life from 1861-1865, will run from April through November.

The restored 19th century canal town will offer guided and leisure tours of buildings in which living history interpretation will have a Civil War focus. Presented as a series of letters the interpretation will reveal knowledge of local events, business, fashion and service of local men to their country.

For information call (800) 877-1830 or go to

Maryland Artifacts
BALTIMORE, Md. — Mount Clare Museum House will host “Personal Accounts of the Civil War Experience” from April 29 to Nov. 12. A lecture series and family activity days are planned.

Objects to be shown are loaned by descendants and have never been on public display. They include silver that was buried, furniture, Masonic aprons, flags, soldier letters and diaries and Lee, Hicks and Gilmore family items.

Mount Clare is the 1760 Georgian summer home built by Charles Carroll. It is the oldest house in Baltimore City.

The Federal Camp Carroll was established in the summer of 1861 on pastures to the west of Mount Clare, then a hotel. U.S. forces remained there through the war.

For information call (410) 837-3262 or visit