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Crowdfunding Helps To Conserve A 1st Delaware Infantry Regimental Flag
WILMINGTON, Del. — The 1st Delaware Infantry regimental flag, which was sent out for conservation earlier this year after a successful crowdfunding and traditional fundraising campaign, has returned to the Delaware Historical Society.
The flag will be highlighted in the permanent exhibition on Delaware history that is being installed as part of Delaware History Museum renovations. The museum is scheduled to reopen in early 2016.
This will be the first opportunity for the flag to be publicly displayed in many years, possibly since its donation to the Delaware Historical Society in 1884.
Information about the flags, their conservation and the fundraising campaign can be found at http://dehistory.org/rally-round-the-flags.
CW Dance Foundation’s Donations Exceed $49K
CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF) donated $3,000 this year to four organizations for Civil War preservation and education programs. Those gifts bring the total reached since CWDF began making donations in 2001 to over $49,000.
When combined with fundraising events conducted for other organizations, the dancers have helped raise more than $200,000 for Civil War preservation and education.
This year’s recipients were the Civil War Trust, Gettysburg Foundation’s Spangler Farm House Preservation, Boy Scout Venture Crew 1861, and Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic.
The CWDF also recently completed filming a Civil War Dance DVD. The video will recreate a period ball and have an instructional portion that explains dance moves in detail. Profits from DVD sales will be donated to preservation.
For more information visit www.CivilWarDance.org and Facebook.
CW Trust Buys Small Shepherdstown Parcel
SHEPHERDSTOWN - In early October, the Civil War Trust, helped by $6,500 from the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association (SBPA), bought 2.72 acres adjoining the Boteler Cement Mill property for $202,000.
According to association president Edward Dunleavy, the Trust will deed the property to the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission.
The Sept. 19 and 20, 1862, battle brought an end to the Army of Northern Virginia’s Maryland Campaign and was a significant factor in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s decision to retreat farther up the Shenandoah Valley.
The Boteler Cement Mill property, which contains structures from the 1829 mill, is within core Battle of Shepherdstown battleground. The stone ruins include lime kilns where 118th Pennsylvania soldiers sought shelter from Confederate musketry.
It is adjacent to Boteler’s Ford on the Potomac River where Union and Confederate forces battled as Confederates crossed from Maryland into what is now West Virginia after the Battle of Antietam.
The Civil War Trust purchased 18 acres of the mill property in late 2011 and a small contiguous parcel in late 2013. Last year the mill property’s preservation was marked with an interpretive sign.
SBPA and its members have saved almost 107 acres of the battlefield through purchase and conservation easements for which they raised close to $1.4 million.
Dunleavy said that eventually, when the Antietam National Battlefield boundary is expanded to include the 510 acres of the Shepherdstown Battlefield, the county landmarks commission intends to deed all of its battlefield property to the National Park Service.
Chicago CWRT Gives Frye Its Nevins-Freeman Award
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Civil War Round Table of Chicago recently presented its distinguished Nevins-Freeman Award to Dennis Frye for his numerous contributions to the understanding and appreciation of American Civil War history.
Frye is chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the author of nine books and many articles on Civil War history.
He is co-founder and first president of Save Historic Antietam Foundation and co-founder and former president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, today’s Civil War Trust.
Franklin 150 DVD
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Lotz House has produced its 10th sesquicentennial DVD, “The Battle of Franklin Marching Forward 150th Anniversary.”
The three-hour two DVD set features graphics, period music and highlights of the Battle of Franklin’s Civil War Sesquicentennial events.
Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson said, “It’s a moving documentary of how so many Franklin organizations came together to remember the battle that took place in our community 150 years prior.”
For information visit www.lotzhouse.com.
Gettysburg Holiday Tour
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Daniel Lady Farm house will be part of the Dec. 12 Inns of the Gettysburg Area Association annual benefit Holiday House Tour and Tasting.
Living historians will interpret 1860s Christmas in the decorated farmhouse which the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association owns. The property includes an 1843 barn used as a field hospital.
Tour proceeds will benefit the Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter of the South Central Community Action Program. Details and tickets are at www.gettysburgbedandbreakfast.com
Finn’s Point Ceremony
PENNSVILLE TWP, N.J. — New Jersey veterans groups held an October ceremony to pay tribute to those buried at Finn’s Point National Cemetery, many of whom were Confederate soldiers.
One of the state’s two national cemeteries, Finn’s Point had not been the site of such a ceremony before, according to the South Jersey Times.
The cemetery is behind Fort Mott State Park along the Delaware River. The first people to be buried there were Confederate prisoners who died at Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island in the river.
The site became a national cemetery in 1875. Four years later a monument was erected to honor the 135 Union guards who died at Finn’s Point and are buried there. In 1910 the federal government put up an 85-foot high Confederate monument with bronze tablets naming the 2,436 prisoners who died at Fort Delaware.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s legislature and governor have agreed to replace one of the state’s two statues of prominent figures in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
Native and U.S. President Harry Truman will replace Francis Preston Blair Jr., Free-Soil party founder, two-term U.S. Representative, Civil War major general and postwar U.S. Senator.
Some $300,000 has to be raised for the new statue and to place the Blair statue in Missouri. Cong. Emanuel Cleaver has proposed a “Make a buck stop here for Harry” campaign, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Solar Car Rally
REPUBLIC, Mo. — Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and Republic High School will support science innovation and celebrate the National Park Service Centennial in 2016 by hosting a stop on the American Solar Challenge.
University teams from around the world will design and build solar-powered cars that will drive 1,800 miles during an eight-day rally from July 30 to Aug. 6.
The cars will stop at nine Midwest National Park Service sites in seven states where visitors can see the cars, a traveling exhibit and other activities.
The rally will begin at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio on July 30 and end in Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota on Aug. 6. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site will be visited. Information is at americansolarchallenge.org.