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April 2014 Issue 150th News


Music Premiere

NORFOLK, Va. — Two works composed by Adolphus Hailstork for the Civil War Sesquicentennial will premiere April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Attucks Theater.

The I. Sherman Green Chorale, Diehn Chorale of Old Dominion University, Schola Cantorum and the Eastern Virginia Brass will present Hailstork’s work “Remember and Rejoice.” The choral and brass premiere, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed,“ based on a text by Walt Whitman, will be preceded by two movements, Fanfare and Epilogue: Cauldron of Peace, from his new brass trio, “Ghosts in Grey and Blue.”

Additional works for chorus and brass will also be performed. Tickets may be purchased through the Virginia Arts Festival box office at 757-282-2822.


Scottsdale Series

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable partnered with others over the last two-and-a-half years to create a Civil War 150th series of programs and exhibits.

Civic Center Library is the site of the series that began Feb. 5 and runs through April 21.

Coming up in April are talks about the sesquicentennial and history of blacks in the West, a round table on George McClellan, a one-man Ulysses S. Grant show, the movie “Gone With the Wind” and a student art contest.

Earlier programs included round tables about citizens under siege and Stonewall Jackson in art and pictures, an encampment, movie, talks about Abraham Lincoln and a traveling exhibit about Lincoln and the Constitution.

The traveling exhibit “Civil War at 150,” from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, will open April 1 with Brooks Simpson speaking.

For information, visit


Virginia Conference

FAIRFAX, Va. — “The American Civil War in a Global Perspective” is the theme for the May 31 Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission’s signature conference at George Mason University.

Speakers will discuss internal conflicts at the time of the Civil War, including in East Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. Topics include the war’s wider impacts in areas ranging from the global cotton trade and international abolition efforts to changes in military operations and the implications of the Civil War as one of the first industrial age wars.

Speakers include Kenneth Blume, Lisa Brady, Enrico Dal Lago, Hugh Dubrulle, Niels Eichhorn, Howard Fuller, Christopher Hamner, Jeanne & David Heidler, Brian Platt, Paul Quigley, Brian Schoen and David Surdam.

Registration is open at $15, conference only, or $25 with lunch until May 1 or when capacity is reached. For more information and online registration, visit or call 804-786-3591.

Special weekend tours and lectures to complement the conference are being planned by the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committees from Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax and others.   


Norwich Exhibit

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — The exhibition “1864: Some Suffer So Much” is open through this year at Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center.

Through objects, photos and ephemera, the exhibit examines the role of military surgeons and the three Vermont Civil War hospitals in Brattleboro, Burlington and Montpelier. It also traces the history of post-traumatic stress disorder from the Civil War to the present.

Norwich alumni played a significant role in the U.S. Colored Troops. Vermont’s connections to the Civil War also include the October 1864 Confederate Raid on St. Albans. In response, the Norwich University Corps of Cadets was mobilized to defend Vermont’s northern border.

The museum is open free Monday through Friday from 8-4 and Saturdays 11-4 during the academic year. Information is at 802-485-2183 and


Camden Expedition

Camden Expedition 150th anniversary events are scheduled in April. The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is helping market the events and gave financial support to the April 7-13 Red River Campaign-Camden Expedition Reenactment featuring a 25-mile march, the April 14-19 Poison Spring reenactment and the April 26-27 Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry commemoration in Sheridan.

Ed Bearss will speak both days at the Jenkins’ Ferry event. It will include daily battles, tours, memorial services, living history and a concert. Information is at

The March 23-May 3, 1864, Camden Expedition was part of the Union Red River Campaign. Event information is at


Andersonville Programs

ANDERSONVILLE, Ga. — Several ongoing programs at Andersonville National Historic Site have started as part of the programming for the prison’s 150th anniversary commemoration this year and next.

The monthly First Saturday Programs, scheduled through September and in November and December, will explore the Civil War prisoner of war at Andersonville and elsewhere.

Every two months during this period, the park will focus on a single word theme that represents the events, conditions or emotions of prisoners during the war. The park will also present a fuller picture of the captivity experience by featuring other Civil War prisons.

The Avenue of Flags display of U.S. flags in Andersonville National Cemetery will be held April 4-11, May 23-27, June 27-July 7, Sept. 5-22 and Nov. 7-12.

National Former POW Recognition Day will be observed on April 9. It recognizes the day in 1942 when U.S. forces surrendered on the Bataan Peninsula, beginning the Bataan Death March.

For information call 229-924-0343 or go to


Arkansas News

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission  (ACWSC) had added 12 podcasts about the state’s Civil War history to its website at

Topics include Dooley’s Ferry, the Ozarks, women, Gen. Frederick Steele, disease in Helena and the Battle of Jenkins’ Ferry.

More than 450 events attended by close to 200,000 people have received ACWSC recognition. New events continue to be added to the website’s calendar.

The most recent round of ACWSC awards included grants to support 150th anniversary programs for the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History’s Camden Expedition tour with Ed Bearss, the Jenkins’ Ferry commemoration, restoration of the Battle of Hurricane Creek marker, videotaping of the Camden Expedition: Red River Campaign reenactment and a story and song program.

The ACCWSC hopes to have a sesquicentennial historical marker in every county by the end of the commemoration next year. So far 68 markers are installed or approved in 47 counties.


Speaker’s Forum

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The National Park Service’s (NPS) commemoration of the 1864 Overland Campaign begins April 5 with a speaker’s forum.

The NPS, Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center, and University of Mary Washington are hosting the fifth Years of Anguish free forum, “Presidents and Generals and Descendants Too.” It will be from 1-5 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church next to Old Salem Church.

The program will include Brooks D. Simpson, Ulysses Grant scholar and ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University, and William J. Cooper, Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University, and author of two books on Jefferson Davis.

Discussion of the trials and joys of being descended from Civil War figures will include Davis’ great-great grandson Bertram Hayes-Davis, executive director of Davis’ postwar Biloxi, Miss., home Beauvoir.

Program moderators will be Mary Washington Prof. Jeffrey McClurken and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Chief Historian John Hennessy. 

For information contact Tramia Jackson at or John Hennessy at 


Franklin 150th

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The official website for the 150th Battle of Franklin anniversary is Updates of events will be posted there.

Representatives of various groups are working together on the 150th commemoration. Their plans include an exhibit opening Aug. 2 at Carnton Plantation, Oct. 10-12 descendants reunion, the 150th reenactment Nov. 15-16 and annual illumination on Nov. 30.

The Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission’s annual signature conference is Nov. 13-14 in Franklin.


Hunley Online

CHARLESTON, S.C. — To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the H.L. Hunley submarine sinking the USS Housatonic, a photographic journal has been put online.

The Friends of the Hunley, with the College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) and Clemson University, released a photo chronicle of the modern-day events surrounding the world’s first successful combat submarine. 

It can be seen at


Wilderness Tours

LOCUST GROVE, Va. — Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is hosting two two-day 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness bus tours this spring. The battle was May 5-6, 1864.

Clark B. “Bud” Hall will lead “The Winter Encampment Tour” on April 11 and 12. He will cover the armies’ encampments in Orange and Culpeper Counties before the battle.

On May 2 and 3 Gordon Rhea’s “The Wilderness Tour” will go to headquarters, maneuvers and battlegrounds of Gens. R.E. Lee and U.S. Grant’s armies.

For information contact 540-547-2395, or