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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 10/31/2011

Civil War highlights: What you missed

Last week we told you about the conviction of Jason James Savedoff for stealing some of the country’s most valuable historic records, including some signed by President Lincoln. Awaiting trial is self-styled presidential historian Barry H. Landau who was arrested with Savedoff.

We also had a story about an oil spill settlement that brought more than $300,000 to Sabine Pass battlefield in Texas which was damaged when 400,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled in nearby waters.

Planning ahead:

The 16th annual Lincoln Forum, held each year in Gettysburg, is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 with speakers including “1861: The Civil War Awakening” author Adam Goodheart and battlefield tour guide star Ed Bearss. This is one of the best and best attended forums in the country. Fee is $350.

The annual Remembrance Day Parade, also in Gettysburg, is Nov. 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with much of the procession marching along Baltimore Street and Steinwehr Avenue. Lots of standing room along the way. Just the parade, which is probably the largest gathering of soldier re-enactors marching in authentic uniforms, is worth the trip to Gettysburg (although at this date, you probably won’t find any hotel rooms). Free.

Must reads in other publications:

The Charlotte Observer has a delightful piece about an exhibit, "L'il Dan, the Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story, “ at the ImaginOn Center in Charlotte, N.C.

In a continuing series in the New York Times, historian Rick Beard writes on President Lincoln’s controversial suspension of the writ of the habeas corpus and the zeal with which the Secretary of State William Henry Seward used it.

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:10 AM ET, 10/31/2011

 
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