150th - Sesquicentennial News
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November 2010 Issue
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November 2010

Virginia Legacy

The Virginia Civil War 150 Legacy Project is a multi-year effort to locate, digitize and Internet access to privately owned historic photographs, letters, diaries and other collections in Virginia. 

The Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and the Library of Virginia are partnering on this project.

Owners of such documents can have them digitized by appointment on Nov. 5 and 6 at the New Market Hall of Valor Museum. To schedule a time write nmbshp@vmi.edu or call (866) 525-1864 weekdays.

For Legacy Project information visit www.virginiamemory.com/collections/cw150 or www.virginiacivilwar.org/legacy/.

South Carolina Ball

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum will benefit from proceeds of the Dec. 18 Sesquicentennial Secession Benefit Ball at Springdale House and Gardens in West Columbia.

The prewar commemorative ball will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the state’s signing of the Ordinance of Secession. For information contact the South Carolina Sesquicentennial Commission at admin@scscommission.com

New Jersey Event

The war’s beginning will be recreated April 15-17 in New Jersey when artillery batteries at Fort Mott, N.J., and Fort DuPont, Del., will reenact the firing from Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson on Fort Sumter, represented by Fort Delaware. Spectators are invited to watch in Charleston (Pennsville, N.J.)

For information contact Maj. Gen. John C. Houck at GeneralReb@comcast.net.

5 Virginia Events

APPOMATTOX, Va. — “The Long Road Home: Five Events on the Road to Appomattox” is a series of five annual reenactments that will start April 8-10 with Cold Harbor. They will mark major steps to the end of the war, culminating with the 150th anniversary of Appomattox.

Appomattox County Historical Society, Clover Hill Village, United Daughters of the Confederacy Appomattox Chapter 11, Lee’s Lieutenants Inc. and the Federal Generals Corps are sponsors. The 2011-2014 events will be held on the historical society grounds in Cover Hill Village in Appomattox. The 2015 event will be on a larger site to be announced.

Event dates are: 2012, April 13-15, Five Forks; 2013, April 5-7, Fall of Richmond; 2014, April 11-13, Saylor’s Creek; 2015, April 10-12, 150th Anniversary Appomattox. Sponsors promise a unique experience for reenactors, living historians and spectators.

For information visit www.longroadhome150.com or contact Daniel Brown, overall commander, Lee’s Lieutenants, j.daniel.brown@me.com; Federal Commander Joe Schafer, taz4074@yahoo.com; Carolyn, casonclee@aol.com; or (434) 352-8294

Philadelphia Reception

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Civil War History Consortium will host a Philadelphia Civil War 150 benefit cocktail reception Nov. 15 at the National Constitution Center. Mayor Michael Nutter will receive the first annual History Leadership Award.

Manassas Plans

MANASSAS, Va. — Historic Manassas Inc., in coordination with the city, will host the 150th anniversary of First Manassas July 21-24 with living history, tours, exhibits, music, period baseball and three major events.

The 100th anniversary of the 1911 Peace Jubilee attended by President William Taft will be reenacted Thursday, July 21. A military parade will be held Friday and battle reenactments the next two days. An interfaith service and UDC wreath-laying ceremony are also scheduled Sunday.

For information and to sign up as a participant or volunteer go to www.manassascivilwar.org and contact Gregg Jones there for more information.

Richmond Gateway

RICHMOND, Va. — The Historic Tredegar site along the James River will be the official gateway to Civil War Richmond, with a Civil War 150th Visit Center and banner reading “The Story Starts Here.” Printed information about area sites and a kiosk for the www.OntoRichmond.com Web site will be available.

Tennessee Kick Off

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The state’s observance of the sesquicentennial begins Nov. 12 and 13 with “The Coming of the Civil War” at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall.

In addition to speakers, reenactments, music and appearance by Trace Adkins, state-sponsored activities will be held throughout downtown Nashville and Civil War Trails communities will be recognized. The state has 38 designated nationally significant battlefields.

Registration is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.tnvacation.com/civil-war/events or contact patricia.gray@tn.gov or lee.curtis@tn.gov. 

Kinston Ball

KINSTON, N.C. — The city’s activities to kick off the Sesquicentennial will include the Wil King Civil War Ball at the Tara Ballroom on Jan. 29. 

The Historical Preservation Group is sponsoring the ball with proceeds going to developing the Battle of Kinston Outdoor Museum on the First Battle of Kinston Battlefield.

For information write diamondgp@suddenlink.net or go to www.historicalpreservationgroup.org

Corridor Tree Planting

WATERFORD, Va. — The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is asking communities along its route from Gettysburg to Charlottesville to create a Sesquicentennial Living Legacy Project and plant trees.

The plan is to represent the 620,000 soldiers who died with trees at a set distance along the 180-mile Route 15/20 corridor that includes Harpers Ferry, Manassas, Antietam and Appomattox. The trees will be a living legacy in 50 years when the war’s bicentennial is observed.

According to news reports supervisors in four Virginia counties have endorsed the plan, as has the Culpeper Town Council.