150th - Sesquicentennial News
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October 2010 Issue
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October 2010

Arkansas News

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The state’s six Civil War Heritage Trails groups are all busy, according to the Arkansas Battlefield Update.

The upcoming 150th Civil War anniversary has spurred activity. The state funded a $40,000 a Civil War Sesquicentennial historical Marker Program. A new marker commemorates the Jan. 20, 1864, skirmish at Lunenburg when Izard County men on the two sides faced each other. Another marker features DeValls Bluff, an important White River port and rail depot, which the Union occupied in fall 1863.

The www.arkansascivilwar150.com Web site has added three craft projects for kids, with more to come. The site expanded the bibliography of Arkansas books and articles, added links to related Web sites and five podcasts about the state’s Civil War history.

The Pine Bluff city government and Patrick R. Cleburne Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, are working on trails and markers. An exhibit showing Confederate, Federal, civilian, contraband and freedman panels is being prepared for the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum.

Earlier this year the SCV and Board of Fort Smith’s Oak Cemetery dedicated 17 new headstones for burials not previously listed as Confederate soldiers. The grave of 39th North Carolina veteran Pvt. John M. Russell, buried in 1880 at Hand Cemetery in Jordan, was also marked.


Galena Planning

GALENA, Ill. — A public meeting was held recently to start planning the city’s 150th Civil War commemoration. Fifty years ago they had a six-day extravaganza with parade, melodrama, horse show, ball, fashion show, beard contest and more, according to a local newspaper.

U.S. Grant and his family moved to Galena in 1860. The state maintains their house as a museum. Among the city’s artifacts are a Blakely rifle with a Fort Sumter connection and the 9 by 12 Thomas Nast oil painting “Peace in Union” depicting Lee and Grant at Appomattox.


South Carolina Page

South Carolina Civil War Heritage Trails has a Facebook page of that name which includes an Events tab listing sesquicentennial events across the state. A Web site, www.CivilWarHeritageTrails.org, is about to be launched.


Vermont Update

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Mark Hudson, executive director of the Vermont Historical Society, has been named chair of the new state sesquicentennial commission. It welcomes organizations to join in planning observances based on five annual themes. Information will be posted at the society’s Web Site: www.vermonthistory.org.

In commemoration of the anniversary the Vermont Historical Society is publishing a collection of photographs taken by George Houghton of Brattleboro who accompanied Vermonters into the field. Historian Donald H. Wickman researched the photos and wrote a biography of Houghton and historian Harold Holzer wrote the introduction for A Very Fine Appearance: The Vermont Civil War Photographs of George Houghton.

Houghton photographed Vermont soldiers at Camp Griffin in Northern Virginia during the fall and winter of 1861-62, on the Peninsula in 1862 and along the Occoquan River in the winter and spring of 1863. Each photo will be accompanied by text excerpted from diaries, letters, official records and other sources.