In the week past we had stories on President Obama declaring Fort Monroe in Virginia a national monument that will be administered by the National Park Service and the purchase and preservation of a slightly larger than one-acre parcel of land on the Wilderness battlefield that Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had used as his day time headquarters.

Planning Ahead: Two illuminations are coming up, one in Mississippi and the other in Pennsylvania. On Nov. 12 and 13, in Corinth, Miss., beginning at dusk, the 5th annual Grand Illumination will include lighting candles for 12,000 soldiers at the site of battery Robinett/Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Participants will then follow a pathway into downtown highlighting individual homes, the historic district and the Contraband Camp.

At Gettysburg, on Nov. 19, the 3,500 Civil War graves at Gettysburg's Soldiers' National Cemetery will be illuminated by light from individual candles beginning at dusk. It is the 9th annual commemoration.

Both events are free.

A location change for a scheduled event: On Nov. 12, 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the reenactment parade of President Lincoln's Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac planned for Leesburg Pike, Bailey’s Crossroads, Va. has been moved to Fort McNair for logistical reasons. Plans call for five divisions to march in parade, including active military personnel, veterans, scouts and patriotic groups. Free.

Must reads in other publications:

The New York Times continues its Disunion series with a thoughtful story about what happened to the slave population living on the islands of Port Royal Sound, S.C., after the Union took control on Nov. 7, 1861.