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U.S. Officer’s Uniform In Averasboro
AVERASBORO, N.C. — The Averasboro Civil War Museum has received a permanent loan of the Union uniform of Lt. Allen Gardiner and his lamp and trunk.
They were loaned by the Keith C. Gardiner Jr. family of Fayetteville, N.C. Allen Gardiner was Gardiner’s great-great-grandfather.
Gardiner said he was pleased to have the artifacts in a Civil War museum that exists to preserve history and educate the public and where people can see them.
Museum information is at 910-891-5019, email@example.com and www.averasboro.com
Comments Invited About Shepherdstown NPS Site
WASHINGTON - The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting comments on the Shepherdstown Battlefield Special Resource Study / Boundary Study / Environmental Assessment through Oct. 3.
Public meetings are Sept. 9, 5 to 8 p.m., with presentations at 5 and 6:30, at
Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center
in Sharpsburg, Md.; and Sept. 11, 5 to 8 p.m., with presentations at 5 and 6:30, at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Shepherdstown, W.Va.
The NPS preferred alternative — Alternative 2A — proposes a boundary adjustment of Antietam National Battlefield to include the Shepherdstown battlefield..
Comments can go to www.parkplanning.nps.gov/SHBA and orally or in writing at the public meetings. Written comments may be by mailed by Oct. 3 to: Regional Director, National Capital Region
c/o Jordan Hoaglund-Planning,
National Park Service, Denver Service Center
, P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
For more information visit parkplanning.nps.gov/SHBA. Historical information is at www.battleofshepherdstown.org
Two More Groups Join Army Of The Potomac
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Army of the Potomac Middle Division (AOP) has expanded into one of the largest reenactment groups on the East Coast by entering into an agreement with the Provisional Army of the Confederate States (PACS) and The Army Corps. They join the AOP Command Group, Federal Volunteers Brigade (FVB) and Birney’s Division.
The groups feel the alliance, which brings more than 2,000 participants to the field, will help preserve the battle groups after the Civil War 150th anniversary commemorations and move the hobby forward for the reenactors and the public.
Maj. Gen. Allen Baldwin leads the AOP Command. Maj. Gen. Brian Gesuero, a 34-year veteran of the hobby, commands PACS. FVB is commanded by Brig. Gen. Jay Henson, Birney’s Division by Brig. Gen. Mike Maffei and Army Corps by Col. Dennis Pennese.
For information go to www.armyofthepotomac.us
CW Photo Center Funds LoC Scans, Invites Donations
WASHINGTON — The Center for Civil War Photography (CCWP) has expanded its scanning project with the Library of Congress to include images taken outside Washington and on the Virginia Peninsula in 1862 and in Richmond at the end of the war.
With funding from CCWP, the library scanned the Larkin Mead album from the Civil War, which features 23 images, mostly from Camp Griffin in McLean, Va., where Vermont photographer George Houghton photographed Vermont troops and their camp.
The library also scanned 17 Levy & Cohen cartes de visite of Richmond at the end of the war, part of a series issued by the photographers entitled, “Levy & Cohen’s Views of the Rebel Capital and Its Environs.”
The cost of these two scanning projects was $3,138.50. All of the images will be cataloged and put online for free use and free download of the high-resolution scans.
CCWP covered the projects from its operating budget. Donations are invited to support this project and future preservation efforts.
Donations may be made at http://shop.civilwarphotography.org/Donation.html. Put “Library of Congress Scanning” in the Comments section. Checks may be sent to Center for Civil War Photography, 947 E. Johnstown Rd. #161, Gahanna, OH 43230.
150th St. Albans Raid Is Sept. 18 to 21 In Vermont
ST. ALBANS, Vt. — Citizens will welcome Confederates Sept. 18-21 as they commemorate the unexpected Oct. 19, 1864, raid by Confederates who crossed into Vermont from Canada.
The city will host Saturday and Sunday afternoon narrated raid reenactments, raiders trial reenactments at the courthouse, walking tours of raid sites, lectures, a grand review, Civil War ball and other events.
A detailed account of the raid and information about the 150th programs can be found at www.stalbansraid.com.
Sutlers Open A Store At Cedar Creek
MIDDLETOWN, Va. — The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation (CCBF) has welcomed Cedar Creek Mercantile to its building at 8437 Valley Pike. Shop and visitor center hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday 11-4.
Gettysburg Foundation Is Honored In Its 25th Year
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Gettysburg Foundation, which is in its 25th year, recently received a 2014 Director’s Partnership Award from National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
The Foundation was recognized for funding numerous Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site projects including the park’s $103 million Museum and Visitor Center, acquisition and conservation of artifacts, educational programs and conferences, and last year’s Battle of Gettysburg and Gettysburg Address 150th anniversary commemorative programs.
Great Lakes Forum
KENOSHA, Wis. — The seventh Annual Great Lakes Civil War Forum, “1864: Hard and Total War,” will be held Sept. 13 from 8:30 to 4 at the Civil War Museum.
The day will include lunch, admission to all exhibits, the movie “Seeing the Elephant” and talks by Dr. James Cornelius, Steve Acker, Greg Biggs and John Lundstrom.
For registration information call 262-653-4141 or go to www.TheCivilWarMuseum.org.
KENNESAW, Ga. — Willie Ray Johnson retired after 40 years at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park as a seasonal and permanent employee.
Johnson was a history teacher for 32 years until 1998. From 1974 to 1999 he was also a seasonal ranger working in interpretation and law enforcement and as a member of the Kennesaw artillery program.
Johnson became a permanent park employee in April 1999, starting as visitor use assistant and later was park historian. He was known for his institutional knowledge of the park and local community.
RICHMOND, Va. — Chris Calkins, manager of Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park in Rice, was one of three Virginians to receive the 2014 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).
He received the AASLH’s highest award for his dedication to preserving the Civil War battlefield landscape of Virginia.
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park is the site of the last major Civil War battle in Virginia. Calkins was named the park’s first fulltime manager in 2008 after serving 34 years with the National Park Service.
His federal career included positions at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Petersburg National Battlefield.
For information about the Sailor’s Creek park visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sailors-creek.shtml
BOWIE, Md. — Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson, Gen. James Longstreet’s granddaughter, died Aug. 5.
She was born in Gainesville, Ga., in 1920 and lived there until her marriage to William D. Paterson in 1957. He was a Pennsylvanian stationed with the Army in Georgia when they met. They lived in the Washington area after their marriage.
Mrs. Paterson is survived by sons William D. Paterson Jr. and James R. Paterson, a grandson and two great-grandsons.
Memorial donations may be made to the Longstreet Society, P.O. Box 191, Gainesville GA 30503; www.longstreetsociety.org
Peters Book Award
The American Library Association’s 2014 Boyd Award for Literary Excellence in military fiction went to Ralph Peters for his novel of the Overland Campaign, Hell or Richmond. His previous novel, Cain at Gettysburg, won the 2013 Boyd Award, making him the only author to win it two years in a row.
The award cited the book’s “graphic rendering of the carnage of war inflicted in the brutal fighting from May to June, 1864, as Grant moved South and Lee desperately tried to stop him;
“[F]or showing the tremendous courage and the sacrifices made by the men of the Union and Confederate armies; for allowing the reader to be part of the totality of war and to view the lives of the generals, the common soldiers and their military life; and for writing the classic novel of warfare that will be read for years to come.”
The next novel in the cycle, Valley of the Shadow, covering the confrontation between Early and Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864, will be published next May.
Lookout Mtn. Trail
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A portion of the Mountain Beautiful Trail on the east side of Lookout Mountain Battlefield has reopened.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park worked with the Southeast Youth Corps to reroute and build a section of the trail that was damaged by a January 2012 rock fall. The damaged section was on the northeast end of the trail where it began traversing downslope from the bluff to the Lookout Mountain Conservancy’s Hardy Trail.
Park officials said this first partnership with the youth corps was very successful. The crew of six people with two work leaders built 984 feet of new tread and cleared 8,289 feet of corridor along the Upper Truck Trail.
Ed Clark In Program
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Supt. Ed W. Clark, Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, is working a four-month detail at the National Park Foundation as part of his Department of Interior Senior Executive Service development program.
As a candidate for the Senior Executive Service, Clark is required to work on an assignment outside of the National Park Service. He will develop and plan National Park Service Centennial initiatives and programs that will take place in 2015 and 2016.
Rick Kendall, superintendent of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, N.H., will serve as acting superintendent until Clark returns in mid-December.
During his superintendency, which began in 2010, Kendall has studied and interpreted the impacts of climate change on park cultural resources and conducted one of the busiest museum loan programs in the National Park Service.
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Long Island Wins blogger Patrick Young Esq. recently awarded his first “The Immigrants’ Civil War Award” to Joseph Reinhart. The award honors a person who has contributed to the understanding of immigrants during the war period, a field of study Young considers neglected.
Reinhart was chosen for his more than two decades of work to uncover and translate immigrant soldiers’ writings. He has written five books about German soldiers in the Union Army.
“Before he published them, these vital primary sources were virtually unknown to English-speaking researchers,” wrote Young.
He said Reinhart gave voice to the long-dead immigrants’ “reasons for risking their lives to preserve the United States, their experiences of discrimination, and their hopes for the future….”
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum is showing “Reunion/Reconciliation,” an exhibit on the Battle of Gettysburg 50th anniversary and how it dealt with issues of reunion and reconciliation, through June.
The seminary building that is now the museum housed special guests of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the 50th reunion. Descendants of Gens. George Pickett, James Longstreet, George Meade and A.P. Hill were all guests at the “Seminary Hotel.”
New evidence in the exhibition points to greater participation by United States Colored Troop veterans than previously thought, according to Barbara Franco, President and Executive Director of the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation, which operates the museum.
The exhibit is included with general admission. The museum is open daily from 10-5 through Nov. 1 and Nov. 19. For information, (717) 339-1300; www.seminaryridgemuseum.org
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — On Sept. 27 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Harpers Ferry Historical Association will host “Pedal Through the Past: A Cycling Event through 3 National Parks, Harpers Ferry, Antietam Battlefield, and the C&O Canal.”
The self-paced 40-mile ride begins at 8 a.m. It, and a 31-mile ride with gentler hills, will feature public history stops and interactive media along the way, as well as rest stops, lunch and restrooms.
Historical highlights will include John Brown’s Fort, the 1862 Battles of Antietam and Shepherdstown, Jefferson County’s black population and use of slave labor in early 1800s industry, water-powered canals, river boat transportation and cement milling.
The ride will benefit the David Larsen Memorial Fund, Public History Internship Program at Harpers Ferry Park. The historical association administers the fund.
To register, visit www.active.com/harpersferry. For further information, call 304-535-6029.
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Gettysburg Foundation is accepting reservations until Sept. 5 for the John Scott Adams Seminar to be offered Sept. 20 and repeated Sept. 27.
Licensed Battlefield Guide Maureen Quinn will discuss “Forward the Colors: The Flag and Flag Bearers at Gettysburg.” Her morning talk will be followed by an afternoon battlefield tour.
For information or registration visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MARKET, Va. — New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and the VMI museum shop are selling a new cookbook collection of 19th-century recipes with a tie to the Bushong family.
They owned the land on which the May 15, 1864, Battle of New Market was fought. The battlefield park, home of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, is owned by VMI.
Mother Bushong’s Sponge Cake was the idea of Stacey Nadeau, the park’s supervisor of historical interpretation. It was published in commemoration of the battle’s 150th anniversary.
The book is a compilation of recipes that Nadeau discovered in the VMI archives in 2004. They were written down early in the 20th century by Sarah Bushong’s granddaughter, Mattie Bushong Good, and her daughter, Evla Good.
Nadeau worked with test cooks and bakers to adapt the recipes for modern cooks. Recipes include pound cake, sugar cookies, venison steaks and pork chops and dishes, such as sauerbraten, that reflect the Bushong family’s German roots.
WASHINGTON- The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public comments on its plan to manage white-tailed deer populations at Antietam and Monocacy national battlefields (Md.) and Manassas National Battlefield Park (Va.) until Sept. 3.
The National Environmental Policy Act requires a Battlefield Deer Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement in which the NPS describes and analyzes the environmental impacts of taking no new action (Alternative A), or following one of three action alternatives (B, C and D), to manage the parks’ deer population and protect cultural landscape and restore vegetation.
The preferred Alternative D calls for taking lethal actions initially to quickly reduce herd numbers. It allows flexibility to consider population management with non-lethal means, such as reproductive control methods, if they are available and meet specific criteria.
Written comments are preferred online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/anti.
KEEDYSVILLE, Md. — Registration deadline is Sept. 7 for the Pry House Field Hospital Museum and Antietam Cast Iron Chefs’ Dutch Oven Cook-Off on Sept. 13.
Individuals and teams will compete from 10-3 with Dutch oven recipes and open fire cooking techniques. Competitors will have four hours to prepare their entries before submitting them to a panel of judges.
Interpreters will be on hand to talk with visitors
about Dutch oven cooking, which was part of home and camp cooking during the Civil War period.
Registration is $25 per entry. Admission is free. For more information Susan.Yano@civilwarmed.org, call 301-416-2395 or visit www.CivilWarMed.org