Costumed ‘Sharpshooters’ take to soccer field

April marks the beginning of the four-year Civil War, 150 years ago. Saturday, the “Rebels” bivouacked at a community center soccer field here to provide a portal into the struggles and strengths of the Southern people, its army and its cause.
“There was more innovation in the South, they knew how to make do with less,” [...]

Smart-phone app lets visitors see Civil War sites in a different light

It’s a technological mix of historic and modern-day Franklin all through your phone.
Franklin designer Sam Billingsley has created the first free, downloadable app — short for “application” — designed to give smart-phone users more information about the Battle of Franklin while they visit the city.
The app, which uses “augmented reality” technology, works with the iPhone [...]

Lecture about slaves’ side of Civil War set for Jan. 15

A Civil War lecture Jan. 15 arranged by Somerset Place State Historic Site in Creswell has been moved to a new location because of anticipated interest.
The program “The Impact and Implication of the Civil War from the Enslaved Person’s Perspective: Forced to Aid My Enemies’ Cause,” is at 2 p.m. in the Vernon G. James [...]

Lenoir County kicks off 150th anniversary of the Civil War

Throughout 2011, Lenoir County will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Lucy Marston, director of Lenoir County Tourism, said the county will kickoff the sesquicentennial with a weekend of Civil War speakers, artwork and tours.
The kickoff weekend, which will begin Friday, Jan. 28, will also give local Civil War buffs an opportunity to [...]

Error-filled textbooks to be replaced for free

Two history textbooks that contain multiple errors will be replaced without charge to Virginia schools.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that Five Ponds Press is revising “Our Virginia: Past and Present” and “Our America to 1865” with the help of a historian. The revised textbooks will be available online Jan. 15. Replacement books for schools and divisions that [...]

Civil War book discussions at Kohl Library begin Feb. 3

The Rachel Kohl Library will sponsor a new book discussion series “Facts in Fiction: The Civil War Era” beginning in February.
The schedule is: Feb. 3, Killer Angels by Michael Shaara; Feb. 24, Lincoln by Gore Vidal; March 17, The March by E. I. Doctorow and April 7, Song Yet Sung by James McBride.
All sessions will [...]

This Day in the War: 1/12/11

Sunday, Jan 12 1862
President Lincoln was increasingly distressed by the lack of movement of the armies in Virginia. A meeting of the upper leadership of the army had been conducted yesterday Today the same group met again, but this time at the White House, and the presidential cabinet was included in the [...]