Sesquicentennial News Briefs
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October 2011 Issue
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Ball’s Bluff 150th

LEESBURG, Va. — The 150th anniversary commemoration of the Oct. 21, 1861, Battle of Ball’s Bluff will be held Oct. 22 and 23 at Morven Park and the original battlefield about a quarter-mile away.

Reenactors will camp at Morven Park where on Sunday they will reenactment a skirmish that took place in Dranesville.

The Battle of Ball’s Bluff reenactment will take place Saturday at Ball’s Bluff Regional Battlefield Park. Reenactors will march from their camps to the park while spectators who purchase the limited available tickets in advance will be shuttled to the site.

Morven Park will also host the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile exhibit and a Saturday evening dinner and entertainment for reenactors and the public.

The original battle along the upper Potomac River was noted for the death of U.S. Sen. (and Col.) Edward D. Baker and a great disparity in casualties, helping lead to creation of the Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War.

Tickets can be purchased at or or call (703) 777-2890.

Fayetteville Plans

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The city begins its commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial with the “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865” traveling exhibit which will be at the Clinton House Museum from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.

Fayetteville changed hands several times during the war. The Headquarters House, now home to a museum and the Washington County Historical Society, was headquarters for both sides.

Five hundred men from Texas, Missouri, Louisiana and Arkansas are buried at the Confederate Cemetery. Sixteen hundred Union soldiers are buried at Fayetteville National Cemetery.

For sesquicentennial information contact Madalyn Bass, Fayetteville Visitors Bureau Intern, at

N.J. Exhibits

TRENTON, N.J. — The rotating display of Civil War flags at the New Jersey State Museum, organized by the museum and the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, recently changed.

Until December flags of the  3rd, 23rd and 33rd New Jersey Infantry regiments, 1st New Jersey Cavalry and 4th New Jersey Militia will be on view for the first time in almost 50 years.

In addition, a new exhibit of firearms, equipment, photographs and military documents is on display until June, when a new exhibit about the state’s generals and soldiers opens. For information visit or call (609) 292-6464

Historic Hotels

WASHINGTON, D.C. — From 2011 to 2015, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with packages for guests interested in Civil War history.

For information go to

Trans-Miss. Online

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and the Springfield-Greene County Library District recently launched the “Community and Conflict Virtual Museum” at

For the past year, battlefield and library employees have worked to create a unique Web site and online resource entitled “The Community & Conflict Virtual Museum” and “Trans-Mississippi Photograph Album.”

Made possible through a Challenge Cost Share grant funded by the National Park Service and a donation from Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation, the project is a digitized collection of Civil War-era artifacts including letters, maps, diaries, weapons, flags, uniforms and photographs.

Wilson’s Creek librarian Jeff Patrick said the site contains materials gathered from the park’s collections that document military and civilian activities in the Trans-Mississippi Region during 1854-1865, including the role of soldiers, sailors, Native Americans, African Americans, women and guerrillas.

The site includes essays by Civil War scholars William Piston, William Shea and Diane Mutti Burke, high-caliber scans of documents, photographs and artifacts, zoom and 360-degree panning features.

For additional information, call the park at

(417) 732-2662, ext. 226.

N.J. College Events

BLACKWOOD, N.J. — Camden County College has scheduled free lectures and events including an encampment, theatrical and musical programs from Sept. 14 to Nov. 16 to commemorate the Civil War anniversary.

Among the speakers are Prof. Douglas Ambrose, collector Joseph Wilson, Gettysburg Guide Jim Martin and Lincoln historian Michael Burlingame

The schedule can be seen at or call (856) 227-7200.

Grant’s Promotion

IRONTON, Mo. — The 150th anniversary of Col. Ulysses Grant’s promotion to brigadier general of Volunteers was recreated on July 30 at the monument the 21st Illinois Infantry erected in 1886.

Grant’s presidential promotion was dated July 31, 1861, but was not officially received until Aug. 7 when Grant was in Ironton, commanding Union forces in the Arcadia Valley. He was reassigned to Jefferson City shortly afterwards.

U.S. Grant Camp #68, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Iron County Historical Society hosted the commemoration in cooperation with the Friends of Fort Davidson State Historic Site and Ste. Marie du Lac Catholic Church.

Hanover Exhibit

HANOVER, Va. — A new Civil War exhibit and self-guided audio tour recently opened at Hanover Tavern. “Hanover County: Impact of the Civil War” tells stories of residents and combatants and lesser-known events that took place in Hanover County during the war. 

According to Hanover Tavern Foundation Executive Director David Deal, some 120 artifacts, weapons, documents and photographs are in the exhibit that will close in April 2015. The tavern’s history is also being shared for the first time through new displays and a recorded tour for hand-held listening devices.

The National Register tavern is the focal point of the Hanover Courthouse Historic District. It hosts heritage musical events, lectures, classes and family-oriented programs. The tavern has a full service restaurant and the Barksdale Theatre. For information call (804) 537-5050 or visit

N.J. Monument

CRANBURY, N.J. — A new Civil War Monument was dedicated at Cranbury’s Memorial Park to honor area men who joined more than a dozen regiments and saw action in the Peninsula Campaign, Second Mana-ssas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylva-nia, Cold Harbor, Monocacy, Winchester and Cedar Creek.

The dedication celebration included descendants, local historians, an encampment, period music, an exhibit and walking tour. The town also has a monument at Brainerd Cemetery to honor the Civil War dead.