One More Interruption…..

Folks – We regret that we will have one more interruption to our usual schedule due to some medical issues. Since CWi is now a one-man show, we’ll be forced to take off another week. Please see THIS POST for details. Thank you all for bearing with us!

Montgomery during the Civil War: Adept at making do

Selma, to the west of Montgomery on the Alabama River, was the Confederacy’s most important arsenal other than Richmond. However, Montgomery also had an arms industry of respectable size.
The 1861 Powder Magazine still stands in West End on Eugene Street overlooking the river. Five other important installations were Janney’s Iron Works at North Court and [...]

Arkansas Civil War Commission now accepting grant applications

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is accepting grant applications for local projects commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War through Feb. 18.
Projects scheduled for 2011 to 2015 are eligible for grants of up to $2,000, which will be awarded four times per year, as funding is available. 
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Symposium to mark Lincoln inauguration anniversary

A celebration is planned in Chicago to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration.
The March symposium will include top Lincoln authors and experts and rarely seen original Lincoln and Civil War artifacts from Lincoln’s presidential campaign and his inaugural ball. The program is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Chicago History [...]

Rick Spencer performs ‘Greatest Hits of the Civil War’ in Madison

When Johnny came marching home again, Rick Spencer says, he had some good tunes waiting for him.
There was “Battle Cry of Freedom,” and “The First Gun is Fired,” for starters. There was also “Marching Through Georgia,” “Grafted Into the Army,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.”
Spencer says these songs and their composers constituted the first great wave of [...]

Whipping Man, Civil War Drama With a Twist, Makes NYC Debut; Andre Braugher Stars

The Whipping Man, Matthew Lopez’s historical drama about a Confederate Jewish solider returning home to his former slaves, who are also Jewish, gets its New York City premiere starting Jan. 13.
Doug Hughes directs the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off-Broadway production at New York City Center Stage I. Opening night is Feb. 1.
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Area Civil War documentary to air on Ozarks Public Television

Area residents next month may find some history of note from their own backyard with the Ozarks Public Television premiere of “Civil War Battle of Newtonia.”
Using historical photographs and re-enactment scenes shot last May at the Newtonia location, the film documents the often overlooked battle that took place in September 1862.
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Get a lesson on the Civil War from 150 years ago

The Knife River Rec Council is taking people back 150 years to the Civil War Wednesday as re-enactor Paul von Goertz (pictured) makes a presentation at the rec building.
Beginning at 7 p.m., von Goertz will tell the story of a typical infantryman in the 1st Minnesota Volunteers with a slide show of the regiment’s heroism [...]

Student of history finds character and ‘characters’ from Civil War years

More than 100 years after his ride up San Juan Hill, Theodore Roosevelt got a Medal of Honor, a posthumous award of the nation’s highest military honor.
John Rotterman believes Everett Peabody, who went from St. Joseph to heroism at the Battle of Shiloh, to be just as deserving.
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Civil War anniversay celebrated in Appomattox

The War Between the States began 150 years ago. It ended four years later in Appomattox.
A new Confederacy Museum is in the works in Appomattox; it’s just one way the anniversary of the Civil War is helping garner interest in the town.
“In this county alone, in Appomattox Co., 60% of the families had slaves,” said [...]