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. Here’s what else you should be reading:

Planning ahead: Three of the country’s best known Civil War experts will speak at a Flags Over Hatteras Sesquicentennial Commemoration conference Aug. 25 to 27 in Hattera, N.C. James McPherson, Ed Bearss and Craig Symonds will each have the stage one evening of the conference. Sponsored by the Graveyard Museum of the Atlantic, a registration fee of $175 includes three dinners, three evening events and refreshments. Thirty spaces at $75 have been set aside for students.

In other publications:

In the New York Times “Disunion” series, historian Gary Gallagher writes about a sharpshooter regiment that formed around Hiram Burdan, who was known as the best shot in the Union.

In the St. Louis Beacon, reporter David Baugher reports on a talk by Dr. Mark Frisse who spoke on Civil War medicine; among other comments he said army doctors were not at all prepared to treat serious wounds to internal organs that were caused by new and more accurate weapons introduced at the beginning of the war.

At, correspondent Emily Palm writes that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is seeking loans of Civil War artifacts from Illinois African American soldiers for a new exhibit planned for 2012.

Got other Civil War must-reads? Post them in the comments.