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A House Divided: August, 2011

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Union Cavalry at Harpers Ferry this weekend

Cavalry and weapons demonstrations at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will be offered Saturday and Sunday.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:02 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/30/2011

Plans finalized for Grand Review of Troops reenactment

Bailey’s Crossroads, Va., just west of Washington D.C., is today a busy commercial district dominated by high-rise apartment buildings but on Nov. 20, 1861 when President Lincoln reviewed 70,000 well drilled troops there, the area was farm land. At the...

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 08/29/2011

What you missed: Civil War news hightlights

The week past, we told you about plans for a $1.9 million visitors center at Oklahoma’s Honey Springs battlefield, events in North Carolina canceled because of Hurricane Irene and a decision by the Cherokee nation Supreme Court upholding new membership...

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:19 PM ET, 08/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 08/26/2011

Oklahoma battle site to build visitors center

The Battle of Honey Springs, also known as Elk Creek, took place in northeast Oklahoma 148 years ago. In two years on the anniversary date, July 17, local and state officials expect to open a $1.9 million, 5,000 square foot...

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:00 PM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 08/26/2011

Hurricane Irene cancels Civil War events

As of Friday morning, two Civil War events in North Carolina planned for the weekend have been canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irene as she moves along the East Coast. The Civil War Sesquicentennial Conference sponsored by the...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:18 AM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Descendants of slaves ousted from Cherokee nation

Following a Cherokee nation Supreme Court ruling this week upholding new membership requirements, members who were descendants of slaves who accompanied Indian owners in a forced march from the Deep South to Oklahoma have been ousted from the nation. Following...

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:28 PM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/23/2011

Cyclorama building at Gettysburg may be moved

The old Cyclorama building at Gettysburg National Military Park may yet have a new life. Instead of the demolition favored by a 1999 master plan for the park, the now unused building may be renovated for a new purpose or...

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:23 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 08/23/2011

Vicksburg park featured on new quarter

Vicksburg National Military Park will be featured on the next commemorative quarter honoring national parks and will be unveiled at the Mississippi site on Aug. 30 at 9:30 a.m. according to a press release from the United States Mint....

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:54 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 08/22/2011

What you missed: Civil War highlights

This week past, we told you about what has been found at the archaeological dig of a POW camp, Fort Lawton, near Millen, Ga., how a long-long letter written by President Lincoln was returned to the National Archives and the...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:17 AM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 08/19/2011

Civil War POW camp in Georgia yields discoveries

A year after archaeologists began work at Camp Lawton, a POW camp site near Millen, Ga., personal and unusual items left there by some of the 10,000 Union prisoners are on display at the Statesboro campus of Georgia Southern University....

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:07 PM ET, 08/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Lost Lincoln letter returned to the Archives

Missing 1862 documents recovered.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:46 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 08/17/2011

Confederate flags, bell headed home to N.C.

In a show of northern hospitality, three Southern flags and one ship’s bell captured by Massachusetts troops during North Carolina battles are scheduled to be loaned to museums in that state by the board of trustees of the Worcester, Mass....

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:41 PM ET, 08/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 08/16/2011

John Brown bell tug-of-war renewed

The dispute over ownership of the bell from the Harpers Ferry firehouse where violent abolitionist John Brown barricaded himself in 1859 may eventually be decided by the courts. Charleston, W.V., resident Howard Swint has renewed interest in the bell’s ownership...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:03 AM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 08/15/2011

What you missed: Civil War news highlights

This week past, we told you about the diaries of a young Confederate soldier donated to Washington & Lee University, a John Brown sledgehammer donated to the national Marine museum, plans for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s...

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:33 AM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Civil war football game to take the field

Based on a drawing of dozens of soldiers playing football in 1861, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va. has scheduled a reenactment of the game on Saturday as it was played by the 1st Maryland Infantry on...

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:27 PM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/12/2011

John Brown sledgehammer goes to Marine museum

Eighteen members of the Rissler family of West Virginia accompanied the medal part of a sledgehammer to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. to formally hand it over during an official military ceremony. It was one...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Civil War memorial is dedicated — a century late

More than a century ago, a Civil War monument was built in Fond du Luc, Wisc., in the southeast part of the state, to recognize the service of thousands of men who had volunteered for the war from the town...

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:04 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Civil War diaries cite Gen. Jackson’s ‘bravery & coolness’

In writings, Alexander Sterrett Paxton, a Virginia college student who joined the Confederate infantry and served in Jackson’s storied Stonewall Brigade, writes about the famous general and the war as he witnessed it.

By Amanda McGrath  |  07:38 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 08/11/2011

Wilson’s Creek battle reenactment is weekend’s top Civil War event

Southwest Missouri is the place to be this weekend if you are a reenactment fan. Upwards of 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek complete with a battle reenactment (twice a day,...

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:36 PM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  A House Divided, Re-enactments

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 08/08/2011

What you missed: Civil War news highlights

In the week past, we told you about a planned memorial park to honor the First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment in its first combat encounter in Missouri. Planning ahead: Three of the country’s best known Civil War experts will speak...

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:41 AM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Missouri to open park honoring black regiment

The 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment was the first black military unit in the country, organized even before it was legal to have former slaves and freemen join the Union effort. Organized by ardent abolitionist Brig. Gen. James Lane,...

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:35 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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