This week past, we told you about special on-the-battlefield seating at the annual Cedar Creek Battle reenactment held in Middletown, Va. and about the planned Oct. 29 commemoration of the transition of the Robert E. Lee house at Arlington Cemetery from plantation to U.S. Army headquarters.

After the jump: upcoming events, book excerpts and the Civil War abroad.

Planning ahead:

In Peoria, Ill., the local symphony will debut the 1939 Civil War opera by Edward Joseph Collins (1886-1951) on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in a single performance. "Daughter of the South" never received full staging because when it was finished, the Great Depression had begun and the Chicago and New York opera companies were bankrupt. It is the story of a Northern boy marrying a Southern girl and what happened to them when the war broke out. Tickets are priced from $32 to $70; reservations are available at

In Middletown, Va., on Oct. 29, a lecture and walking tour is offered at the Lord Fairfax Community College’s Center for Civil War History dealing with the war in the lower Shenandoah Valley’s border region. "We Shall Have Graveyards at Every Door, “ will be led by history professor Jonathan A. Noyles. The fee is $20;click on course name above for registration.

Must-reads from other publications:

Bloomberg has published the first of five excerpts from historian Tony Horwitz's new book, “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the War,” that covers the early and very hard life of Brown and his family.

The New York Times continues with its Disunion series with a piece by history professor and book author Don H. Doyle on the diplomats sent to Europe to act as lobbyists for the Union cause. "Vive L'Union" is a wonderful inside view of France at the time of the war and the influential writers and thinkers of the day.