Articles from January 2011

Sons of Union Veterans member Bob Wandel works to uncover buried Civil War history in local cemeteries

Bob Wandel is often a lone figure wandering around Oak Hill Cemetery. He sometimes recognizes other people when he’s out there, people who are walking their dogs or going for a run. But no one is doing what he’s doing — remembering, many times a week, the people who are buried there, and searching for [...]

Recalling the Civil War

People living in St. Joseph will hear a lot about the Civil War during the next five years.
For those who don’t remember, the nation began to tear itself apart 150 years ago. Now this community and hundreds of other towns across the nation will be commemorating those events and talking about why it’s still important [...]

Group commemorates Lincoln’s visit

Abraham Lincoln’s last visit to Danville was on Feb. 11, 1861. One hundred and fifty years later, a local group is commemorating that stop with several events on Feb. 12.
In 1861, Lincoln was on the inaugural train that was steaming toward Washington, D.C. At his request, the train made an unscheduled stop in front of [...]

Civil War Reconstructed

When Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman arrived here in June 1864, he wrote to his superiors, “The whole country is one vast fort.”
Gen. Sherman and his 100,000 men encountered 65,000 Confederates dug in along 12 miles of earthworks at Kennesaw Mountain. After fierce fighting, the rebels retreated to nearby Atlanta. Several more battles ensued before Union [...]

The continuing fight over the Civil War and its cause

Keeping in mind that 82-year-old Georgia Ayers has six children, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren, and has taught and mentored several thousand more, the most uncomfortable question she’s ever been asked by a youngster has nothing to do with sex or reproduction.
“Whew!” Ayers, an elder stateswoman and unofficial historian in Miami’s African American community [...]

N.J. historians track down Civil War veteran’s grave at Hillside cemetery family plot

Forget those grade-school history lessons and all that talk of April 12, 1861 — the supposed start of the Civil War.
It was this month, 150 years ago, when a scrappy bunch of Citadel cadets lit a fuse and fired a cannonball across the bow of the Star of the West as the steamer churned toward [...]

Programs on Civil War-era Delaware anchor First Saturday events

Visitors are going to hear the untold stories of black Delawareans during First Saturday programs Feb. 5.
Syl Woolford was unfamiliar with many of these stories when he started researching the Civil War. It was then he became fascinated with soldiers’ tales, such as those in the 1st South Carolina Regiment, the first unit of black [...]

New exhibit looks at the Civil War period at home, on battlefields

History buffs will commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial this year with celebrations, reenactments and speeches.
But Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, executive director of the Plymouth Historical Museum, says there are other reason visitors should “rediscover” the pivotal event in U.S. history.

Civil War lecture series set

A month-long lecture series, “1861:  Virginia Prepares for War,” begins this week in Abingdon.  It is sponsored by the Arts Array of Virginia Highlands Community College in conjunction with the Washington County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and will be held free of charge every Thursday night in February in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest [...]

This Day in the War: 1/31/11

Friday Jan. 31 1862
Last Monday Abraham Lincoln had issued General War Order Number One. As seems suitable for the initial directive, Lincoln essentially had told his generals to get off their behinds and start doing something to bring the rebellious States back into the federal union. As this did not produce instant [...]