Sesquicentennial New Briefs
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January 2012 Issue
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January Issue 150th News

B&B Donations

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Select bed and breakfast inns at are donating a portion of each booking made through the “Reservations for Preservation” program to the Civil War Trust through May 2015.

The inns offer Civil War-themed packages including tours, reenactments and 1860s-themed meals.

For information visit


Irish Recognition

BOSTON, Mass. — Gov. Deval L. Patrick recognized Irish immigrants, and children of immigrants, who served in the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Some 1,000 men mustered into the Union Army on Dec. 13, 1861. Patrick designed the 150th anniversary of that day as 28th Massachusetts Irish Volunteers Day.

Maj. Steven Eames of North Berwick, Maine, a founder and commander of today’s 28th, said,  “Its reputation for coolness and courage under fire, the harp and shamrocks on its distinctive green battle flag, and its Gaelic war cry of ‘Faugh a Ballagh’ (Clear the Way) all set the 28th apart.”

The unit was further distinguished by members’ commitment to “their common heritage, each other, and proving to a skeptical America that they were just as devoted to preserving this country and its freedoms as those who were born here,” he said.

As part of the Irish Brigade the 28th Mass. saw action at Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Overland Campaign and the siege of Petersburg. It was at Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and marched in the Grand Review of the Armies in Washington, D.C.

Among Federal infantry regiments, the 28th Massachusetts ranked seventh in total losses.  Roughly a quarter of the 1,746 men who served in the unit were killed, died of wounds or disease, taken prisoner or reported missing. 

Today’s 28th Mass. reenactment unit, based in Attleboro, Mass., plans to follow the original unit’s service at major battlefields during the sesquicentennial. For more information go to


Lecture Series

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Mariners’ Museum, home of the USS Monitor Center, will host a lecture series this year, the 150th anniversary of the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia clash at the Battle of Hampton Roads.

This year is also the 37th anniversary of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary being established.

The first talk, at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28, will be about the Jan. 30, 1862, launch of the Monitor and the sanctuary’s creation by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For information contact Bryan Hill at (757) 591-7749 or


Vermont Website

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Humanities Council’s Civil War Books of Days website has been expanded.

People who sign up at for the free weekly newsletter will find links to Vermont Civil War information as well as maps, photographs, the National Park Service’s 150th site and the previous weekly features.


Alexandria Lecture

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, will host a 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 Civil War 150th commemorative lecture, “A Visual Tour of Civil War Alexandria.”

The Office of Historic Alexandria is sponsoring Wally Owen, assistant director of Fort Ward Museum and co-author of Mr. Lincoln’s Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington.

His illustrated talk will include 3-D images and rare photographs, some of which have never been published. Tickets at $10 are available at (703) 746-4994 and


North Carolina Lessons

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Division of State Historic Sites has created a 150th anniversary       teaching program accessible to high school teachers at

“The North Carolina Civil War Experience” combines classroom activities with structured learning activities for 12 state historic sites.  The materials will help students learn how North Carolinians experienced the war.

The activities and lesson plans can be used alone if a site visit is not possible. Video lessons, such as weapon demonstrations and uniform talks, will be added to the website during the sesquicentennial.


N.J. Publications

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee’s first book, New Jersey Goes to War, received the New

Jersey Studies Academic Achievement Award for Non-Fiction Reference Book of the Year. It is in its second printing.

A revised second edition is planned for the Discover Your Community’s Civil War

Heritage handbook, while the committee’s third book, New Jersey’s Civil War Odyssey: An Anthology of Civil War tales, from 1850 to 1961, is selling well.

New Jersey at Gettysburg Guidebook by David Martin will be coming out soon. For information go to NJCivilWar. org.


Reading Series

BEL AIR, Md. — Harford Community College Library and Hays-Heighe House will host a 150th anniversary free reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.” It is one of 65 libraries receiving National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association grants to support the series.

The program is based on three books: March by Geraldine Brooks; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson; and America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries, edited by Edward L. Ayers.

James Karmel, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Harford Community College, will lead the session discussions which are March 1, 15 and 29, April 19 and May 3. Sessions will be at 12:30 and 6:30 each day.

Harford County Public Library, the Historical Society of Harford County and the Spirits of Tudor Hall are helping sponsor the book discussion series and related programming.

Registration is required for copies of the books and other materials. Contact Ann Persson at (443) 412-2495,