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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s Dec. 13 all-day fundraising tour will include the 10:50 a.m. ceremony to dedicate a replica Napoleon cannon at Pelham’s Corner (see September ‘13 CWN).
National Park Service historians Frank O’Reilly and Eric Mink will lead “The Gallant Pelham at Fredericksburg” tour to sites associated with Maj. John Pelham’s artillery before, during and after the Dec. 13, 1862, Battle of Fredericksburg.
Tour tickets of $70 by Nov. 1, $85 after include lunch, bus and snacks. Proceeds will go to battlefield preservation. Information and registration are at (540) 374-0900, email@example.com and www.cvbt.org
WARREN, Mich. — The Watchdog Quarterly Inc. has stopped publication of Citizens and Soldiers Digest. According to Bill Christen, “While the concept (a free online magazine) was remarkably successful and well-received, the human resources are currently not available to continue publication.”
The unpaid volunteers who worked on the digest were Christen, Connie Payne, Craig Barry and Lynn Kalil. Thanks to last year’s Digest earnings The Watchdog donated a total of $1,000 to Save Historic Antietam, Stones River National Battlefield Park and Historic Fort Wayne Detroit Coalition.
The nonprofit will continue to publish books. For more go to firstname.lastname@example.org
RICHMOND, Va. — A Civil War painting was one of those chosen by 181,865 online voters as one of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. The vote raises public awareness, but does not include funds for preservation.
The Old Jail Museum of the Fauquier Historical Society in Warrenton owns the watercolor painting that depicts Union occupation of Warrenton on Nov. 14, 1862. Three days before the painting was done Gen. Gorge B. McClellan bid farewell to his troops from Warrenton’s Warren Green Hotel after being relieved by President Abraham Lincoln.
KENOSHA, Wis. — The Civil War Museum is offering free admission to veterans and active service members through December. On Nov. 9, Veterans Heritage Day, memorabilia from the Civil War to Vietnam, for all branches of service, will be displayed. Bricks for veterans and soldiers will be dedicated at 11 a.m.
Gettysburg Address Family Day will be on Nov. 23 from 1-3:30 with free activities about the speech. On Dec. 14 soldiers in camp, naval nursing and period holiday activities will be offered in the Victorian Christmas program.
The museum focuses on the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, which sent 750,000 men to war. For information call (262) 653-4141, go to http://thecivilwarmuseum.org or check Facebook and YouTube.
Yellow Ribbon Fund
CHATHAM, Va. — The Blue & Gray Education Society (BGES) is accepting donations to support its Civil War battlefield tours for wounded service members and their families.
BGES works with the Yellow Ribbon Fund of Bethesda, Md., and staffs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda Naval Hospital and Fort Belvoir.
Executive Director Len Riedel and BGES volunteers lead the tours to area battlefields such as Gettysburg, Antietam, Manassas and Fredericksburg. Donations help cover a handicapped-accessible bus, snacks and books.
Donations may be made at www.blueandgrayeducation.org or mailed to P.O. Box 1176, Chatham, VA 24531-1176
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Permanent Civil War exhibits were recently installed in Tennessee Welcome Centers on Interstate highways across the state to educate visitors and residents about the state’s role in the war.
Each exhibit touches on the war’s regional impact and will help promote rural tourism development through the Tennessee Civil War Trail and Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways programs.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Chicago Tribune reported that more than 70 Lincoln family documents related to the only surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln, were given to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
They came from the wife of the late Jim Hickey, curator of the state historical library’s Lincoln collection, which now is part at the presidential library. He was a friend of Lincoln’s grandson, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, the last direct descendant of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.
Some of the letters were written by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their son when he was U.S. minister to Great Britain.
HARTFORD, Conn. — The 1866 “Forlorn Soldier” statue that was subject to weather and vandalism on Airport Road was moved into the State Capitol.
The figure carved of Portland brownstone is missing its face, arms and rifle. It was placed near the figures of Nathan Hale and the “Genius of Connecticut,” the plaster model of the statue that stood on the Capitol dome from 1878 to the Hurricane of 1938.
State Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz said at the welcoming ceremony that the figure reminds her of the way soldiers come home today, some broken for years.
Memorial Hall News
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Memorial Hall Foundation’s August newsletter carries a footnoted, illustrated article by Joseph A. Ricci about Camp Nicholls, the New Orleans home for Confederate veterans. The Confederate Memorial Hall museum has some camp artifacts in its collection.
The museum’s new DVD, “Reverence of the Past, Devotion to the Future” was shown in two premieres and is available at the gift shop.
For information about membership or visiting call (504) 523-4522, write email@example.com or visit confederatemuseum.com
The October Smithsonian magazine included a Tony Horwitz article “Cabin Fever: One man’s historic mission to rediscover every former slave dwelling in America.” It tells about Joseph McGill Jr.’s Slave Cabin Project — his quest to sleep in every former slave dwelling in the country, North and South.
McGill, from Charleston, S.C., and a descendant of slaves and reenactor with the 54th Massachusetts, is shown in Union uniform in one of the cabins. As Horwitz says, McGill “embraces the discomfort, both physical and psychological, because he wants to save slave dwellings and the history they hold before it’s too late.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Cottage Conversations season at President Lincoln’s Cottage continues on Nov. 21 with Chris DeRose, author of Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President.
Kenneth Winkle, author of Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC, speaks on Dec. 5. Authors John Taliaferro and Stephen Mansfield will speak April 24 and May 15, respectively.
Tickets are available separately for 6 p.m. cocktail receptions and the 6:30 lectures. Reservations are required. Call (202) 829-0436 x31232 or email SMiraminy@savingplaces.org
WHEATON, Md. — Co. B, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, will note Nov. 1, 2013, as the first day that the State of Maryland recognizes and commemorates Maryland Emancipation Day by hosting a luncheon in Wheaton.
Spokesman Ben Hawley said the group thinks it is important to recognize the proactive stance of Gov. Augustus W. Bradford, who freed Maryland’s slaves in November 1864 rather than waiting for the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation signed on Jan. 1, 1863, did not affect Maryland’s slaves.
For information go to www.54thmass.org.
PETERSBURG, Va. — Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is offering a special field trip program for grades 3-12 home school families and associations on Nov. 15 and 22.
The four-hour visits include participatory lessons on plantation and solider life, seeing the museum and a lunch break.
Information is at (804) 861-2408, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gettysburg Annual Illumination
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Volunteers are needed to help set up, greet and clean up at Soldiers’ National Cemetery where the 11th Annual Remembrance Illumination will be held from 5:30-9:30 on Nov. 23.
Each Civil War soldier’s grave will be marked with a luminary. Sponsorships are available at $18.63 per candle.
The Gettysburg Foundation hosts the free display. For information and sponsorships go to the events calendar at www.friendsofgettysburg.org. Volunteers can email email@example.com
ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Universities at Shady Grove (USG), a collaboration of nine Maryland public universities, is hosting a Civil War seminar series and exhibit “Making Sense of the Civil War” at the USG Priddy Library in Rockville.
The American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities developed the series which is being offered at 150 sites nationally.
An exhibit, “Interrupted Lives: Children and the Civil War,” will run through November. The USG lectures are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 21 and Dec. 5.
The programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For information visit www.shadygrove.umd.edu/news/9967.
LEBANON N.H. — A fundraising campaign is under way to privately fund gravestones for five unmarked Civil War veterans’ graves, replacement of two damaged stones and foot stones for the graves of 88 veterans whose markers do not include military service.
Ricker Funeral Home will supply the stones at cost and install them at no charge. Organizer Fran Hanchett is on the city’s Soldiers Memorial Building Committee and secretary of the Lebanon Historical Society.
One of the buried veterans is Roger Smalley, a native of nearby Meriden who was teaching in Mississippi when war broken out and served with the Confederacy.
Hanchett started the fundraising because of federal next-of-kin requirements for getting veteran markers.