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NPS Awards Grants For Appomattox, South Mtn.
WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) recently awarded $209,168.25 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve land at South Mountain and Appomattox Court House battlefields.
The $116,492.25 grant at South Mountain was awarded to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Civil War Trust, for the purchase of 42.5 acres. The property will be incorporated into the South Mountain State Park.
The $92,676 grant at Appomattox Court House was awarded to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, in partnership with the Civil War Trust, for purchase of 2.81 acres. A conservation easement held by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources will be placed on the property.
Keven Walker Is CEO Of Valley Battlefields Group
NEW MARKET, Va. — Keven M. Walker is the new Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) Chief Executive Officer. Selected from a field of 35 candidates, Walker came from Antietam National Battlefield where he served as cultural resources program manager and historian for the past 11 years.
Southern Museum Is Given An Andrews’ Raid Medal
KENNESAW, GA. — Descendants of a participant in the April 12, 1862, Great Locomotive Chase recently donated his 110-year-old Medal of Honor to the Southern Museum.
The family of Wilson W. Brown also donated written accounts and personal belongings of Brown who was among the Union soldiers who stole the General locomotive from Kennesaw as part of a daring bid to destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga.
Brown, a locomotive engineer, received the Medal of Honor in 1863 for his participation in the Chase, also known as the Andrews’ Raid. He was captured and escaped after six months in Confederate prison.
His descendants donated the duplicate Medal Brown received in 1904 after it was redesigned and Brown’s 1909 handwritten account of the Raid.
Trust Online Site Invites Information On Soldier Heroes
WASHINGTON — Honor Our Soldiers, the Civil War Trust campaign to recognize servicemen and women that launched in September, has more than 52,000 followers and supporters.
“Who’s Your Hero?” encourages users to submit stories of their family and friends who served in the military at any time.
Each week, Honor Our Soldiers selects one story to feature on its Facebook page. Those who want to honor someone should submit their hero’s story and photo to email@example.com.
APPOMATTX, Va. — Rangers and staff from 10 sites will be at The Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox on July 30 for a day-long teachers’ fair free for teachers. The representatives will share information about their sites, field trips and what they can offer teachers.
Contact Josie Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-352-5791 ext. 203 for more information.
Longstreet Society 20th
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The Longstreet Society is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It grew from being a small local study club to a non-profit membership group with more than 350 members.
The group is creating a memorial garden at its headquarters in James Longstreet’s Piedmont Hotel. Members have been ask to collect dirt at the battlefields associated with Longstreet for the project.
On Oct. 10 and 11 the annual meeting and conference will be held in Fredericksburg. Highlights will include talks by historians Richard L. DiNardo and J. Tracy Power and an all-day battlefield tour.
For information contact 770-539-9005, email@example.com, www.longstreet.org
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania
National Military Park’s 12th year of free Friday “History at Sunset” programs has resumed. The 7 p.m. programs focus on lesser-known aspects of the Civil War. Coming up are:
July 11, “Jackson at Moss Neck” with Frank O’Reilly at 18383 Moss Neck Manor Rd. with parking on Burma Road (Route 766), off Route 17 in Caroline County.
July 18: “History Revealed: Civil War Secrets on the University of Mary Washington Campus” with Beth Parnicza and Andrea DeKoter. Parking at the corner of William Street and Sunken Road.
July 25: “Steamships, Slaves, Railroads, and Armies: Aquia Landing” with John Hhennessy at 2846 Brooke Rd., Stafford. Bring chairs.
Aug. 1: “Where Valor Sleeps: Explorations in Fredericksburg National Cemetery” with Donald Pfanz from the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.
Aug. 8: “We Wished for Night: Campfire Program at Chatham” with Peter Maugle and Andrea DeKoter. Bring a lawn chair and flashlight.
For additional information, call 540-373-6122.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A full student scholarship is being offered for the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours’ July 23-27 “Terror on the Border: Summer 1864” seminar. The seminar will focus on the ransoming, invasion and burning of Chambersburg by Confederates.
The Scott Hosier Scholarship will go to one eligible student. A $100 stipend for expenses is also offered if the awardee lives beyond a 50-mile radius from Chambersburg.
Applicants must be 16 or older, show proof of student status, send a letter describing why they would like to attend the seminar, why they should receive the scholarship and their interest in Civil War history.
Application deadline is July 10. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Seminar information is at www.civilwarseminars.org and 717-264-7101.
Guelzo Book Award
ATLANTA, Ga. — The Atlanta Civil War Roundtable chose Allen Guelzo’s Gettysburg: The Last Invasion as winner of the 2014 Richard B. Harwell Book Award.
Due to scheduling, Guelzo will not receive the $4,000 award and plaque until next June.
Finalists for the annual award included Hampton Newsome for Richmond Must Fall : The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign and Earl Hess for Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign.
Submissions for the 2015 award are being accepted. The award honors the historian, author or editor of Confederate works.
Award information is on the website or available from Gary L. Barnes at email@example.com.
Donation To SVBF
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — The Robert E Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey recently gave $500 for the preservation of Third Winchester battlefield to Terry Heder of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
The round table collects donations from its members at each monthly meeting and selects a group to donate the money to for battlefield preservation.
PENINSULA, Ohio — The Peninsula Foundation’s fourth annual Civil War Lecture Series has four remaining programs. The free 7 p.m. talks are at the G.A.R. Hall.
July 24 Anthony Gibbs will speak on “Fighting for Freedom: The Story of the United States Colored Troops; Aug. 28, Dr. David Bush’s topic is “Medical Treatment of Confederate POWs at the Jonson’s Island Civil War Prison.”
The last two talks are Sept. 25, John Fazio, on “The Turning Points: The Wilderness & Spotsylvania,” and Oct. 23, “Shades of Blue & Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War” by the Largely Literary Theater Company.
For information call 330-657-2528 or go to www.peninsulahistory.org
FREDERICK, Md. — The National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s free Summer Lecture Series in July will feature talks each Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
July 3, Joe Collins, “Battle of West Frederick”; July 10, Bob O’Connor, “James Edward Hanger.”
July 17, Tracy Evans, “The Monocacy Campaign”; July 24, Dr. Bob Slawson, “Female Doctors in the Civil War”; and July 31, Dr. Gordon Dammann, “Evolution of Evacuation: The Letterman Plan from Antietam to Gettysburg.”
For information call 800-564-1864 or visit www.civilwarmed.org
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — The first annual Emerging Civil War Symposium will be held at Stevenson Ridge. Spotsylvania, from Aug. 15-17.
The $55 all-inclusive event includes a Friday night roundtable discussion with symposium speakers and tours guides and hors d’oeuvres.
Saturday’s lecture series includes lunch and talks by Daniel Davis, Chris Kolakowski, Phillip Greenwalt, Meg Thompson, Lee White and keynote speaker Eric Wittenberg.
Car caravan tours of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Battlefields will be held Sunday.
Throughout the weekend there will be book signings, raffles and door prize giveaways. Proceeds from the event will support battlefield preservation.
For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.emergingcivilwar.com
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. — Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s summer programs at Chickamauga Battlefield and Lookout Mountain Battlefield will end in mid-August.
Chickamauga programs include Wednesday through Saturday ranger-led hikes and talks on the Fuller Gun Collection and the uses of artillery during the battle. Also, daily car caravan tours and Friday and Saturday living historian programs and firing demonstrations. Cannon programs are July 26 and Aug. 31.
At Lookout Mountain Battlefield rangers guide tours of Point Park are Wednesday to Sunday. Thursday through Sunday talks focus on James Walker’s painting, “The Battle of Lookout Mountain” and the use of artillery on Lookout Mountain.
Cravens House tours are given Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Visitors can participate in cannon firing by park crew members inside Point Park on July 4 and Aug. 16.
For more information contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, or visit www.nps.gov/chch.
Museum Is Open
ELKTON, Va. — The Miller-Kite Museum — Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters — is open for the season, Sundays from 1–5 p.m. through Aug. 31.
The free museum, which is on the Virginia Civil War Trail, features Civil War and Elkton area museum rooms. For information contact Casey Billhimer at (540) 578-3046 or email@example.com, or visit www.elktonhistoricalsociety.com
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va.— Harpers Ferry Historical Association is sponsoring “Travel Back in Time: A Horse and Wagon Guided Tour of Harpers Ferry” this summer.
The new attraction at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park takes visitors back to the 19th century with a ride along the Shenandoah River to see its confluence with the Potomac and former building sites. Tourists will hear about the town’s founding, the canal and transportation systems and the industrial revolution.
Tours will be given weekends from 10-5:30 through mid-August except for June 14-15 and July 19-20. Reservations and payments are accepted at the Association Bookshop on Shenandoah Street.
Fox Book Cited
WINCHESTER, Va. — John J. Fox’s Stuart’s Finest Hour: The Ride Around McClellan, June 1862 (Angle Valley Press) received a 2014 IPPY bronze medal in the Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Non-Fiction category.
The Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the best independently published titles. The IPPYS highlight the best regional titles from North America and Australia/New Zealand. Medals were awarded in New York City the day before the BookExpo America Conference.
Fox said his book is the first written about the “dramatic Great Chickahominy Raid that made Confederate cavalry Gen. Jeb Stuart famous.”
Stuart led 1,200 men on a three-day reconnaissance mission deep behind Union lines east of Richmond, Va., in mid-June 1862. His information gave Gen. Robert E. Lee the confidence to attack Gen. George McClellan’s right flank.
Fox said the tactical and strategic impact of Stuart’s raid allowed the subsequent Confederate Seven Days’ Battles offensive to push the numerically superior Union army away from Richmond.
Theodore P. Savas, managing director of Savas Beatie LLC publishing company, which markets Angle Valley Press titles, called Fox one of today’s finest researchers and writers in Civil War history.
Fox, who lives in Winchester, has written several Civil War books and articles including Red Clay to Richmond  and The Confederate Alamo .
Book Of Days
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Humanities Council recently launched a website that includes all of its weekly Civil War Book of Days feature since it began Oct. 15, 2010.
The free weekly Book of Days feature can be signed up for at www.vermonthumanities.org