African Americans And The Civil War “The Bumpy Road To Emancipation”

On Sunday, February 6, 2011, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military
Park, in association with Black History Month, will be presenting “African
Americans and the Civil War.”  This one hour interpretive program will
begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Join a
Park Ranger as he follows the plight of both freed and enslaved blacks in
the period [...]

Bowen Family Letters Tell a 150-year-old Story in Historic Bath Exhibit

A new display at Historic Bath, “The Civil War at Home: Uncovering Local History Through Family Letters,” will highlight some of the ways readers can glean bits of local knowledge 150 years later through personal letters exchanged during this pivotal era in American history. Canteens, spectacles, binoculars and belt buckles from the Civil War era [...]

KANSAS 150: Fort Scott had key role in statehood

Kansas statehood and the Civil War were intertwined, and a lot of the issues were played out in Kansas, according to Galen Ewing, park ranger at the Fort Scott National Historic Site.
The fort was established and garrisoned by the U.S. Army from 1842 to 1853 to assist in protecting the Permanent Indian Frontier. It was [...]

10 Best Civil War Films

The 10 best Civil War films show the reasons behind the war, its devastation and the state of the U.S. once fighting ceased. These films provide a glimpse of the far-reaching effects of the war and what normal citizens were required to do to survive the war that pitted brother against brother and friend against [...]

Robert Redford’s Civil War ‘Conspirator’ teases trailer

We have been tracking Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” since witnessing its debut at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Lionsgate and Roadside acquired the historical drama at TIFF, and plans an April release. But this morning, you get your first extended look at the film’s trailer.
Redford’s “Conspirator” stars James McAvoy as Civil War attorney Frederick [...]

Battle of Rivers’ Bridge re-enactment Feb. 5-6

The 25th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry will once again hold a re-enactment of the Battle for Rivers’ Bridge on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5-6.
The re-enactment will be held rain or shine on private land, just southeast of Rivers’ Bridge State Historic Site, 1744 Confederate Highway, U.S. 641, in Bamberg County.

History buff wants to recreate cannon called ‘Old Sacramento’ used in sacking of Lawrence

The cannon that fired on the Free State Hotel during the sacking of Lawrence has lived a long, full life during the Civil War era in Kansas and Missouri. Now, however, it sits destroyed — a giant hole ripped through its side — in the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
But that cannon, called [...]

Civil War Conversations take place in Downtown Appomattox

When it comes to discussion about the Civil War, National Park Service interpreter Mike Brennan challenges people to think.
“One of my jobs is to make you think,” Brennan explained during an informal discussion about the secession of states on Jan. 12 at Baine’s Books and Coffee.

Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation tabs veteran fundraiser as new CEO

A 28-year veteran of work in the non-profit sector has been named the new chief executive officer for the Abraham Lincoln Library Foundation.
Carla Knorowski has recently served as vice president for institutional advancement at Northeastern Illinois University and was executive director of the school’s foundation.

Commentary: Slavery and Civil War’s truth

A century and a half ago, brother took up arms against brother. It was the bloodiest conflict in our nation’s history. According to the Military History Institute, there were more than 623,000 casualties.
This year, all across the North and South, there will be events commemorating the war’s sesquicentennial. Here in Macon, we have four new [...]