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Civil War lecture canceled, museums closed


  The much-anticipated lecture at the New York Historical Society on the Battle of Gettysburg by three of the country’s top historians scheduled for this evening has been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Speakers for the first of a two-part series included James M. McPherson, John F. Marszalek and Harold Holzer. No new date for the event was announced.

  In Washington and New York, all the Smithsonian museums are closed Tuesday because of the weather. In Washington, that includes the Smithsonian Castle’s Civil War photography show, the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit on Confederate propaganda artist Adalbert Volck as well as another show of the portraits of Union generals by Matthew Brady.

  Also in Washington, President Lincoln’s Summer Cottage at the Soldiers Home is closed.

The Gettysburg National Military Park sustained some damage from Sandy’s wind and rain but those parts of the battlefield that had been closed to the public have reopened, according to spokeswoman Katie Lawhon.

   Other storm-related closings include the Mariners’ Museum in Newport, Va., where the USS Monitor is being restored; and the Casement Museum at Fort Monroe, Va., where Confederate President Jefferson Davis served time. Also closed is one the defensive forts around Washington, Fort Ward Park & Historic Site in Alexandria, Va.

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