Articles from December 2010

Last Updates of 2010

Below is the final news update for the year, as CWi adjourns for our traditional end of the year break. For details on what we hope to accomplish on the break, and when we’ll return, please see this post on our discussion board.
We hope all of you have a happy joyous holiday season. See you [...]

Gettysburg casino hoopla overshadows real preservation challenges

It’s all over except the decision from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. For the second time in five years, Gettysburg has been subjected to a pitched PR battle over the location of a gaming business.
The first was a proposed full-sized casino at routes 15 and 30, across the street from a cluster of hotels and [...]

Historic Important Matilda Lotz Painting Unveiled at the Lotz House

The Historic Lotz House Civil War Museum is pleased to announce the unveiling of the earliest known original oil paintings created by a young Matilda Lotz circa 1869 at the age of eleven.  The painting titled, The Wolf, reflects Matilda’s love and tenderness for all living things.  Nora King, the great-great granddaughter of Johann Albert [...]

Travis Lecture at Ft. Anderson on Jan. 18 Details Battles for Coastal Forts

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow will present local historian Jack Travis, who will speak on “Jumping the Gun: The January 1861 Captures of Forts Caswell and Johnston” on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 7-9 p.m. at the Southport Community Building on the grounds of Fort Johnston. Travis is the author of “Men of [...]

Mosby Authority to Speak at The Manassas Museum

Celebrated local author Don Hakenson, will speak about John S. Mosby, one of the best known Confederate Civil War raiders, during a talk at The Manassas Museum on Sunday, January 16 at 2 p.m.
Although Mosby’s unconventional military style was well known throughout Virginia, Hakenson will focus on the time Mosby and his men spent in [...]

Lecture at Somerset Place Jan. 15 Examines Slaves’ Side of Civil War

Somerset Place State Historic Site in Creswell will present the lecture “The Impact and Implication of the Civil War from the Enslaved Person’s Perspective: Forced to Aid My Enemies’ Cause,” on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m.  Former site manager Dot Redford will speak. 
For more information, call (252) 797-4560.  
Somerset Place is a representative state historic [...]

Civil War 150 Legacy Project visits Dinwiddie County

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia have partnered to create a state-wide online collection of original Civil War manuscripts that still remain in private hands. The Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access focuses on manuscript materials created during the period 1861-1865 that reflect social, [...]

Three Williamson County sites offer combined ticket

Three historic sites. One ticket.
It’s a new, simplified way that Franklin tourism and historic sites are trying to gear up for the influx of tourists they expect to come to Franklin starting next year, when the sesquicentennial of the Civil War kicks off.

Civil War group to honor Lincoln’s housekeeper

The public is invited to join members of the Ward Hill Lamon Civil War Roundtable on Thursday in Spring Hill Cemetery at the gravesite of Mariah Vance.
There will be a brief ceremony and a wreath will be placed at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vance’s final resting place. Her grave is located in the southwest section [...]

Divided they stand on rebel spirit

“Dixie,” that emotionally freighted and much-debated anthem of the old Confederacy, starts soft when it’s done right, barely above a whisper. But each sotto voce syllable of the opening verse, each feather-light scrape of the fiddle strings, could be heard without straining when the ladies in the hoop skirts and the men in the frock [...]