“Mrs. Davis’s drawing room last night was brilliant, and she was in great force. Outside a mob called for the President. He did speak – an old war horse, who scents the battlefields from afar. His enthusiasm was contagious,” wrote South Carolinian Mary Boykin Chesnut, whose “Diary from Dixie” is one of the best first-hand accounts of life in the American South in the years leading up to and during the Civil War.
Monthly Archives: March 2012
While the Confederate battle flag has long been known to cause controversy, the manner in which it was briefly displayed at the new Museum of the Confederacy satellite museum in Appomattox, Va. may take the cake for bizarre and ill-considered appearances.
Coming a few days prior to the museum’s grand opening on Saturday, March 31, it is a sad reminder of the impropriety to which this once highly respected flag has fallen victim over the years.
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned several events for April 2012, including festivals, re-enactments, conferences, exhibits and lectures, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.
Among the Civil War sesquicentennial events during April are:
The Ford’s Theatre Society commemorates the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14 and 15, 2012. Events include an 8:45 a.m. wreath-laying ceremony on April 14 and interpretive talks by the National Park Service, as well as performances of the Society’s one-act play One Destiny and History on Foot walking tour, both of which chronicle the events leading up to the Lincoln assassination.
Come July the staff of Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Sitewill know if those are just stains on the floor, or the blood of a fallen Civil War soldier. A forensic team recently visited to examine the floors and test the stains there. The site’s Harper House served as the Union army’s XIV Corps hospital during the three-day battle of Bentonville fought in March 1865.
During the battle and its immediate aftermath, nearly 600 soldiers from both armies were treated in and around the home.
We often think of the Civil War as being fought a long way from here, forgetting that thousands of young New England men, from small cities like Dover and Rochester, joined local regiments and left home and family behind to fight in places they’d never heard of to preserve the federal union.
ONE YEAR into the four-year Civil War Sesquicentennial seems a queer time to
halve federal funding for Civil War battlefield acquisition. Alas, that is what
a House of Representatives subcommittee proposes, limiting the ability to add
history to the public store just as interest in America’s definitional conflict
is peaking (coming soon: Shiloh, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg).
Lena teen Austin Bower and his family hope a special fundraiser set for June 9 will not only raise money for the local Civil War Soldiers Monument, but also generate awareness of the monument’s historical value to the community.
“I want to draw attention to it again so people are aware that it needs to be repaired,” said Mary Lobdell, Austin’s grandmother. “We want to get people interested so they’ll think about it and want to make a donation.”