Sesquicentennial News Briefs
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November 2011 Issue
Civil War News

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N.C. License Plate

RALEIGH, N.C. — A license plate commemorating the Civil War 150th is on sale. The theme is “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory.”

When 300 plates have been ordered, the plate will be fabricated by the state Department of Corrections for sale through 2015.

To help reach the orders goal by Dec. 1, people may get an application at and mail it with $30 payable to the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources to Bridget Jordan, N.C. Historic Sites, 4620 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4620.

Funds from the plate sales will be directed to the Division of State Historic Sites and Properties to benefit Civil War commemorative activities and battlefield preservation, acquisition and interpretation. 


Timeline Book

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Library of Congress in collaboration with Little, Brown and Company has published The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War by Margaret E. Wagner, with an introduction by Gary W. Gallagher.    

Drawn from rare source material in the library, the book includes more than 350 illustrations, some never-before published, including manuscripts in Lincoln’s hand, drawings by a combat artist, maps, color lithographs, political cartoons, posters and period photographs.

Wagner, a senior writer and editor in the Publishing Office, is the co-author and co-editor of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference and The Library of Congress World War II Companion, among other works.

For information call (888) 682-3557 or go to


Online Exhibit

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has put up a virtual exhibit, “Living Through the Civil War,” showing works from its collections, at

The works of art and documents, each with an explanatory caption, cover soldiers, prisons, home front and Confederate sympathies.


Tennessee Event

SHILOH, Tenn. —  Tennessee’s Sesquicentennial Commission announced the state’s third annual Sesquicentennial Signature Event will take place at Pickwick Landing State Park and Shiloh National Military Park next April 4 and 5 during the 150th Battle of Shiloh commemoration.

The theme for the special commemoration is “Invasions by Rail and River.” Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker and Director of Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation, Dr. Carroll Van West, commission co-chairs, will be event hosts.

Speakers will include John Marszalek, James L. McDonough, Wiley Sword, Larry J. Daniel and Timothy B. Smith. Historical discussions, musical performances, stories and living history demonstrations will interpret the April 6-7, 1862, battle which saw nearly 24,000 casualties.




NPS Trading Cards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Park Service is offering a series of 189 free trading cards featuring Civil War figures at participating parks during the sesquicentennial.

While the cards address both major battles and famous generals, they also focus on the less famous, including the stories of civilians, women and African Americans. Kids “earn” them by taking a ranger-led tour or answering a question about their visit to the park.

The cards also provide an incentive to families to visit the 23 parks which offer the cards. As a bonus, a visit to two or more parks qualifies a child to receive a free Civil War backpack by showing a card from another park.

Participating parks are:

Maryland: Antietam National Battlefield, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Monocacy National Battlefield.

Massachusetts: Boston African-American National Historic Site, Boston Harbor Islands, Boston National Historical Park, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Lowell National Historical Park.

New Hampshire: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

Pennsylvania: Gettysburg National Military Park

Virginia: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Arlington House, Robert E. Lee Memorial, Colonial National Historical Park, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and Manassas, Petersburg and Richmond National Battlefields.

Washington, D.C.: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Civil War Defenses of Washington, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

West Virginia: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.