Christmas Eve, 1864: Abraham Lincoln frets over the present he bought for his high-strung wife, while Mary Lincoln is in a tizzy over a tree. Not far away, John Wilkes Booth schemes to capture the president, a furious black Union soldier vows vengeance on Confederate soldiers for kidnapping his free wife and a young black girl is loose on the frigid streets of the war-weary American capital.
The Hampton Historic Preservation Commission raised $1,280 during a recent event to help pay for restoration of the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall.
Pete Grady of Marshalltown performed “Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant” on Nov. 18 at the Windsor Theatre in Hampton. About 80 people attended, and the hall was open for tours before and after the event.
For the eighth consecutive year, guests at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum here can experience 1862 holiday traditions.
During the free Civil War Christmas event from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8, the museum will be decorated as it would have been during the Civil War.
Not to be outdone by the New-York Historical Society, whose “The Civil War in 50 Objects” debuted last spring, the Smithsonian Institution has dusted off hundreds of Civil War artifacts from its collections and featured them in this handsome new coffee-table book, “an exhibit between covers.”
Grants for protecting Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee will be made available starting Sunday.
The $483,000 program created under a state law enacted this year will help pay for acquiring or preserving land associated with 38 Civil War sites determined to be the most historically significant in Tennessee.
National Battlefield presents the 10th Annual Memorial Illumination Ceremony,
featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those killed, wounded, or missing
at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10, 1861.
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013.
WHERE: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield,
Republic, Missouri. Directions: Travel west on the James River Freeway (Hwy 60)
to exit Hwy M. Go south on M for about ¾ mile to Wilson’s Creek Blvd. (Hwy
ZZ). Turn south on Wilson’s Creek Blvd., go one mile to Farm Rd 182. Then,
turn east on Farm Rd 182 and the first right is the entrance to the
4:30 pm Opening
Ceremony at the Visitor’s Center
5:00 pm Volunteer Procession through Illumination
5:15 pm Memorial Illumination Tour Opens to Public
Over 2,000 people
expected to tour Illumination from 5:15 pm to 9:30 pm
DETAILS: Over one
hundred volunteers, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Daughters of Union
Veterans of the Civil War,
Wilson’s Creek National
Battlefield Foundation members, Ozark Civil War Roundtable members, and other
community organizations will participate in this event, assembling the
luminaries and distributing them along the five-mile tour road through the
A luminary is a
paper bag filled with sand and a lighted candle. A special candle will be
utilized this year to honor our park volunteers.
volunteers, carolers, and re-enactors at the Ray House will bring the past to
life. Visitors are encouraged to tour the Ray House and learn about the
hardships faced by local families during the Civil War. Music, refreshments,
and information will be provided at the visitor center.
Vehicles will use
parking lights only for the five-mile driving tour through the National
Battlefield, with stops at the Visitor Center and the Ray House. There are no
restrooms along the tour route.
The tour road will close at noon on December 14th to complete
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On Nov. 25, 1863, 150 years ago, during the American Civil War, Union forces staged a spectacular breakout from besieged Chattanooga, Tenn. Routed Confederate troops retreated 25 miles to Dalton, Ga. The Deep South heartland was now open to invasion by the North.
On Sept. 23, 1863, after winning the Battle of Chickamauga (Sept. 19-20, 1863), Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg established a siege of the Union-held refuge of Chattanooga. His goal was to starve out the defeated Army of the Cumberland under Gen. William S. Rosecrans.
Several events are planned to honor and remember the lives lost during the Battles of Franklin and Spring Hill 149 years ago this month.
The annual Battle of Franklin Illumination Ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Carnton Plantation. About 10,000 luminarias will be on display to commemorate the approximately 10,000 casualties inflicted during the battle.