June 2013 Issue 150th News
Aldie, Middleburg & Upperville 150th
The Mosby Heritage Area will host “Prelude to Gettysburg: 150th Anniversary of the June 17-21, 1863, Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville” from Friday, June 14, through Sunday the 16th in those three villages.
Friday at 7 p.m. a plaque in honor of New York Herald correspondent Lynde Walter Buckingham, the only correspondent killed during the war, will be dedicated at Mount Zion Historic Park in Aldie. He is buried in the Mount Zion Church cemetery. Robert O’Neill will speak about the three battles after the ceremony.
Aldie events will continue on Saturday with a 10 a.m. cavalry skirmish, civilian and medical scenarios, and a Virginia Historical Society exhibit in Aldie Mill.
From 1:30 to 3:30 the Battle of Aldie will be reenacted on the Snickersville Turnpike where Confederate sharpshooters and Union cavalry will again clash across from the Furr Farm. At 3:30 a wreath will be laid at the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry monument, followed by Robert O’Neill speaking.
The Battle of Middleburg will be commemorated in three Sunday morning programs. At 9 the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg will host the opening of an exhibit of Edwin Forbes Civil War drawings and a talk by Childs Burden on “Horses of the Civil War.”
Mount Defiance Historical Park programs at 10 a.m. will include an infantry demonstration, a talk about the battle by Childs Burden and dedication of a Virginia Civil War Trails sign.
At 11:15 the commemorations move to Goose Creek Bridge for infantry and artillery demonstrations, music and a talk by Eric Buckland about the fight across the bridge.
Events move to Upperville in the afternoon, with a band concert at 12 and reenactment of the Battle of Upperville between U.S. and C.S. cavalry at 2 p.m.
Details are at www.mosbyheritagearea.org or call (540) 687-6681 or write email@example.com.
West Virginia 150th
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Residents of the Virginia counties that became the State of West Virginia on June 20, 1863, will have their big 150th celebrations in June.
On Thursday, June 20, statewide bell ringing will begin at 1:50 p.m. and a sesquicentennial ceremony will be held at the State Capitol. A performance of the Broadway musical “Civil War,” a concert by the West Virginia Symphony and Appalachian Children’s Chorus on the Capitol steps and fireworks will follow.
Friday night’s Charleston Light Opera Guild performance of “Civil War” will be followed by another fireworks show.
Saturday events begin with a 10 a.m. parade in Charleston. Ten hours of celebration at the Capitol will include Civil War reenactors, vintage cars, concerts, lectures, crafts and birthday cake.
“Civil War” performances will be given at 2 and 7 p.m. Fireworks will end the day.
The Charleston celebration will close Sunday with “Civil War” at 2 and 7 p.m.
West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling is hosting four June programs. On June 6 scholar Ronald L. Lewis will speak on “The Revolution That Forged a State” at 7 p.m. The speaker on June 13 will be historian Forest “Jack” Bowman on “The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln: Emancipation and West Virginia Statehood.”
Statehood day the 20th will be celebrated at noon with historical speeches, ceremonies and cake followed by the Wildcat Regiment Band in concert at 2 p.m.
On June 21 a free blue-gray concert will be held at 7 p.m. Details are at http://www.birthday.wv.gov
In Harrison County Clarksburg will host a June 8 “Rally ‘Round the Flag” day of exhibits, tours and films. On June 22 a Civil War era baseball game between traveling teams will be played in Bridgeport.
For information call (304) 624-8500 or visit www.harrisoncountywv.com
MOREHEAD, Ky. — The 8th Kentucky Infantry CSA & US Living Historians will hold a 7.1-mile march to Flowers on June 16. They will cover the original ground that 3rd Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles C.S. troops followed before the Skirmish of Triplett’s Creek Bridge near Farmers on the same day 150 years earlier.
For information contact (606) 683-6354, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.the8thkentuckyinfantry.org
GULFPORT, Miss. — The black 2nd Louisiana Native Guards Volunteers were recently honored in a 150th anniversary commemoration.
The regiment’s successful attack on a Confederate naval base at Pascagoula on April 9, 1863, was the first time that black U.S soldiers experienced significant combat, capturing enemy soldiers and their battle flag.
The Louisiana Native Guards Sesquicentennial Committee and Ship Island Excursions of Gulfport, in association with Gulf Islands National Seashore, hosted the commemoration on Ship Island.
It included dedication of a plaque, a tour of Fort Massachusetts, an encampment and talks by Park Superintendent Dan Brown, Civil War researcher Bennie McRae and National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.
In the book Thank God my Regiment an African One: The Civil War Diary of Colonel Nathan W. Daniels (LSU 2000), edited by C.P. Weaver, Col. Daniels told about the frustrations he, black officers and the men faced.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s free 2013 signature event, “Occupation and Liberation,” will be Oct. 9-12 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and surrounding historic sites.
It will feature educational symposiums, book signings, special tours and entertainment, all commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga.
Programs Oct. 9 and 10 include a Tennessee State Library and Archives project, teachers’ workshop and keynote address. The official opening ceremony is 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, with speakers and music.
A forum with Battles for Chattanooga historians, living history demonstrations and a sesquicentennial exhibit of artifacts will follow.
Symposium sessions continue Saturday. Topics include “Military Strategy in the Civil War” and “Civil War Commemoration and Memorialization.”
The 2013 Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event is sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Tennessee Historical Society, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.
To register, email Tn.email@example.com or call (615) 532-7520. Details are at www.tncivilwar150.com.