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Black soldiers who served in the Union army are shown in this reproduction from the collections of the Library of Congress, which is among the documents found by University of Maryland historian Ira Berlin at the National Archives and published in his 1999 book on the experiences of black Union soldiers during the Civil War.
Black soldiers who served in the Union army are shown in this reproduction from the collections of the Library of Congress, which is among the documents found by University of Maryland historian Ira Berlin at the National Archives and published in his 1999 book on the experiences of black Union soldiers during the Civil War. (Associated Press)

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UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS GRAND REVIEW WEEKEND Descendants of African American Civil War troops convene in Harrisburg, Pa., to honor the contributions of the 180,000 black soldiers who fought on behalf of the Union. Through today. 717-635-6217.

"GIVING THANKS" An exhibition about how Thanksgiving was celebrated during the Civil War, after Abraham Lincoln created the holiday to foster national unity in 1863. Through Nov. 30. Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick. 301-662-3515. http://www.nps.gov/mono.

JED HOTCHKISS: SHENANDOAH VALLEY MAPMAKER An exhibit on the cartographer whose work contributed to the success of Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Through April 30. The Heritage Museum (Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society), 382 High St., Dayton, Va. 540-879-2616. http://www.heritagecenter.com.

"SECESSIONISTS, SMUGGLERS AND SPIES! THE CIVIL WAR IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND" Learn about life in 1863 through the eyes of a runaway slave, a land-owning family, a spy, a smuggler, Union soldiers and African-American troops. Today at 12:30 p.m. Oxon Hill Farm, Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-1176. http://www.nps.gov/oxhi.

BATTLE OF RAPPAHANNOCK STATION LECTURE AND TOUR A bus caravan will take tourists from the Graffiti House to Remington, Va. Today at 2 p.m. Brandy Station Foundation, 19484 Brandy Road, 19484 Brandy Rd., Brandy Station, Va. 540-727-7718. http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?attrid=70792.

"SEND ME A PAIR OF OLD BOOTS AND KISS MY LITTLE GIRLS" Author Jeff Toalson reads stories from the 300 letters written between a Civil War soldier and his wife. Today at 2 p.m. Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. 703-330-2787. http://www.manassascity.org.

SHENANDOAH COUNTY ON THE EVE OF THE CIVIL WAR Local author and historian Richard Kleese discusses what happened in Shenandoah County in the days leading up to the war. Tuesday at 7 p.m. St. Paul's Heritage Center, 106 S. High St., Edinburg, Va. 540-984-7842. http://www.shenandoahcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

"DISCOVERING THE CIVIL WAR: PART II" "Consequences" teaches visitors about the two 13th Amendments to the Constitution proposed by Congress, documentation of the violence against African Americans and firsthand accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display Wednesday through Friday. Wednesday through April 17. National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. 202-357-5000. http://www.archives.gov.

TOURS OF LIBERIA PLANTATION Basement-to-attic look at a 185-year-old plantation that functioned during the Civil War. Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas, Va. 703-368-1873. http://www.manassascity.org.

GRAY GHOST VINEYARDS CIVIL WAR AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING Local authors will autograph their Civil War literature, with vignettes and wines. Saturday at 11 a.m. Gray Ghost Vineyards , 14706 Lee Hwy., Amissville, Va. 540-937-4869. http://www.grayghostvineyards.com.


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