– In an unexpected development, Walmart announced this morning that it has abandoned plans to pursue a special use permit previously awarded to the retail giant for construction of a supercenter on the Wilderness Battlefield.  The decision came as the trial in a legal challenge seeking to overturn the special use permit was scheduled to [...]

The Civil War Begins: An Exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia

The horrors of the American Civil War, wrote Walt Whitman in 1863, “open a new world somehow to me, giving closer insights, new things, exploring deeper mines than any yet, showing our humanity … tried by terrible, fearfulest tests, probed deepest, the living soul’s, the body’s tragedies, bursting the petty bounds of art.”
A century and [...]

Lectures on abolitionism, Lincoln mark Civil War anniversary

The first of two series of lectures commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War begin on Thursday in Franklin and in Nashville.
Beginning at 4:10 p.m. Thursday in Room 101 of Buttrick Hall on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, South Carolina State University history professor Stanley Harrold will present Abolitionism and the Coming of the [...]

Breakfast to be served on CSS Neuse II Saturday

The menu will be a far cry from the simple fare of Civil War sailors. And the setting, while authentically replicated, will be a “spruced up” version of their mealtime surroundings.
The idea, though, is simple and basic — to provide a chance to imagine what it might have been like for sailors on the CSS [...]

African American History Month events focus on Civil War

Institutions throughout the country will recognize Black History Month this February. Rhode Island College plans to put on 15 events to commemorate African Americans in the U.S. The national theme this year is African Americans and the Civil War.
“The recognition event itself was launched in 1926 by Dr. Carter Woodson because of the inadequate reflection [...]

This Day in the War: 1/26/11

Sunday, Jan. 26, 1862
Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard, CSA, known as the “Creole” for his Louisiana origins, was reassigned today. The hero of Sumter and Manassas had been commanding forces in Virginia under Joseph E. Johnston. He was now ordered to Tennessee to be second in command to Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston.
Monday, Jan. [...]