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(updated 3/23/15)

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Program Set for 150th Of Col. Mosby’s Co. H

PURCELLVILLE, Va. — The 150th anniversary of the April 5, 1865, formation of Col. John S. Mosby’s Co. H, 43rd Battalion of Virginia Cavalry, will be commemorated on April 12.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Clinton Hatcher Camp 21 of Loudoun County and the Mosby Heritage Area Association will remember the event on site at the historic North Fork Baptist in central Loudoun County.

The day will begin with an 11 a.m. service at the historic North Fork Baptist church where Col. John Mosby met with 52 Confederates to form the new company of Mosby’s Rangers.

Following lunch historian Horace Mewborn will speak about the events of April 5 and 6, 1865. A Virginia Civil War Trails sign recording what was one of the final acts of partisan warfare in Northern Virginia will be unveiled.

The program will conclude with first person portrayals by members of the Gray Ghost Interpretive Group from the Mosby Heritage Area Association.

All of the programs are free and open to the public. For information, contact Fleming at 540-338-4024 or


Holzer Book Wins $50K Lincoln Prize

NEW YORK — The 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize of $50,000 will be awarded April 23 to Harold Holzer for Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion (Simon & Schuster).

The prize is awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Holzer was chosen from 114 nominations and six finalists as the 2015 recipient. He will also receive a bronze replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s life-size bust “Lincoln the Man” at the New York City award ceremony.

Holzer’s book examines Abraham Lincoln’s lifelong relationship with the press, particularly New York’s editors. He chronicles how the press and politics often functioned in tandem, how conflicts arose between the government and the press during the Civil War and the war for public opinion that took place between Lincoln and Democratic Party rivals over 30 years.

Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan Riggs noted that the scholarship produced about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era continues to flourish, as demonstrated by the strength of the Lincoln Prize finalists.

The other finalists considered for the award are:

William Blair, With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era (UNC Press,) a close look at the subject of treason and beyond the legal or judicial treatment of treason to examine its de facto definition and even punishment by civilians loyal to the American union.

Richard Brookhiser, Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln (Basic Books), a new biography that highlights Lincoln’s lifelong struggle to carry on the Founding Fathers’ work.

James B. Conroy, Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 (Lyons Press), about the most critical meeting of the Civil War, which receives short shrift or is overlooked by many historians.

Jonathan W. White, Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (LSU Press), challenges the reigning paradigm that the Union army’s overwhelming vote for Lincoln’s reelection in 1864 meant that the soldiers supported the Republican Party and its effort to abolish slavery.

Joshua Zeitz, Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image (Penguin), provides an intimate look into Abraham Lincoln’s White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants.

The 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize jury members were Lucas E. Morel, Washington & Lee University Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics; three-time Lincoln Prize-winner Allen C. Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College; and Joan Waugh, Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Lincoln Prize was co-founded in 1990 by businessmen and philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis Lehrman, co-chairmen of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York and co-creators of the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the country’s largest private archives of documents and artifacts.

Lincoln’s Music

ANNANDALE, Va. — On April 12 the Virginia Chamber Orchestra and Music Director David Grandis will present “Music in the Life of President Lincoln” with the Alexandria Choral Society, soprano Meghan McCall, The Grand Contraband Jubilee Singers, and a narrator.

The 4 p.m. concert will be at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. The hour coincides with the end of the Civil War.

The program will feature “Gettysburg,” a contemporary work by David Kneupper commissioned by the Lincoln Presidential Museum, operatic selections, folk songs, patriotic melodies and spirituals.

The program will include historical information, such as Lincoln’s attendance at the New York City premiere of Verdi’s “A Masked Ball.” Lincoln also attended 30 opera performances in Washington.

Tickets will be sold at the door and at advanced discounts online at Student admissions and parking are free. A complimentary reception will follow.


Eads To Pea Ridge

GARFIELD, Ark. — Kevin Eads, a 24-year veteran of the National Park Service, took over as the new superintendent of Pea Ridge National Military Park on March 8. He succeeded John Scott who retired.

Eads, who holds a B.S. in wildlife biology and an M.S. in forest resources, most recently was chief of resource management at Pea Ridge. He has worked with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative to continue restoration of park landscapes.

His earlier assignments included George Washington Carver National Monument, George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument, Petersburg National Battlefield, Booker T. Washington National Monument and Arkansas Post National Memorial.


Ball’s Bluff Sign

LEESBURG, Va. — Friends of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield raised $1,630 to replace a recently stolen sign that commemorated the 1862 Battle of Ball’s Bluff.

The 1928 road sign was one of the state’s first historical highway markers and cost $50. It was erected near the intersection of the Route 15 Bypass and Battlefield Parkway.

The new sign, with text written by Friends President Jim Morgan, will first be reviewed by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Board. A June sign dedication is anticipated.


Scholars Program

KEEDYSVILLE, Md. — The Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host its annual Civil War Scholars Saturday program April 25 in the Pry Barn on Antietam National Battlefield

The symposium will focus on fighting soldiers in colorful and unique roles during the Civil War. It will run from 9:45 to 3 with a break around noon. Presenters include Ted Alexander, Stephen Bockmiller, Steve French and Tom Frezza.

Attendees are encouraged to preregister at to help with planning. A donation of $10 is suggested.

For information, contact Kyle Wichtendahl at or 301-695-1864 ext. 1013.


Virginia Journal

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Volume 13 of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s “Fredericksburg Journal” can be purchased through the website at

Content includes the study of a brigade of Vermont regiments that were engaged at Fredericksburg but not part of the main attacks; continuation of Fredericksburg Town Council minutes from 1864-1865; and a list of soldiers, with biographical information, and places of their burials in Fredericksburg during the war.


Civil War Play

CARNEGIE, Pa. — Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall will host three performances of the 1999 Tony-nominated Broadway musical “The Civil War.”

Show times are April 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. For tickets and information about the show and the April 11 annual Civil War Living History Day visit


Mary Lincoln Exhibit

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University is exhibiting “Clouds and Darkness Surround Us: The Life of Mary Todd Lincoln,” featuring three costumes from the DreamWorks Studios film “Lincoln,” through Nov. 20.

The exhibit of original and replica artifacts from the museum’s collection examines the tragic events in Mary Todd Lincoln’s life and how she was a captive of circumstances beyond her control.

The centerpieces of the exhibit are three costumes from Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg’s movie for which costume designer Joanna Johnston received an Academy Award nomination.

The museum has one of the world’s top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections. It is open Monday-Friday from 10-5, Saturday 12-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5. For information call 423-869-6235.