FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin will be commemorated at Blue & Gray Days on Nov. 14-15 and at a Nov. 15-16 reenactment at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park near Carnton Plantation.
The battle was Nov. 30. On that same day Battle of Franklin Trust CEO and historian Eric A. Jacobson will lead a battlefield tour at 5 a.m. — the time the Federal army began to arrive 150 years earlier.
The Battle of Franklin Trust will host the annual Blue & Gray Days Friday and Saturday. The 19th Alabama Civilians living history group will set up a full Civil War period camp including an operational kitchen, bath house and chuck wagon.
Period crafts, music and historical personalities will be featured. Public hours are 1:30-4 on Friday, after morning hours for school visits. Saturday hours are 9-5 with tours at Carnton Plantation stopping during the battle reenactment. Proceeds of Blue & Gray Days admissions and Carnton tours will support the Trust’s work.
More than 700 reenactors are expected for the weekend infantry and artillery battles to be held each day at 2 p.m. Grounds will open to spectators at 9 a.m. Tickets will be sold through Oct. 31 at Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and at www.battleoffranklintrust.org.
Additional information is at www.visitwilliamson.com/sesquicentennial
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Registration is open for participants in the 150th anniversary recreation of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral in Springfield the weekend of May 1-3. Information about the event and participating is at lincolnfuneralcoalition.org.
FREDERICK, Md. — Monocacy National Battlefield will hold a series of special events to commemorate the anniversary of the end of slavery in Maryland on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The state constitution ratified on Nov. 1, 1864, ended slavery in Maryland.
Friday night a 6:30 Halloween costume contest at Worthington Farm will be followed by a 7:30 ranger talk and astronomy program “Beneath a Blanket of Stars: Soldier and Slave Perspective on the Night Sky.” It will be repeated Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday programs begin at 10 a.m. Three artillery firings during the day will recall the salutes Union Gen. Lew Wallace ordered to announce the freeing of Maryland’s slaves.
A new temporary exhibit, “Honoring Heroism,” will open. Artifacts related to slavery and emancipation in Maryland, include the chains struck from the state’s last slave by order of Wallace and documents and photographs.
At the Thomas House at 11:30 a.m., author Gail Stephens will explore how President Lincoln, Gen. Lew Wallace, Maryland politicians and Maryland slaves worked to achieve freedom for the enslaved.
At 2 p.m., author Daniel Toomey will speak aboutMaryland’s black regiments during the Civil War. Due to limited seating, lecture reservations are required at 301-662-3515.
Updates are also at www.nps.gov/mono and Facebook.