Failing to remember the past

This month’s 150th anniversary of Alabama seceding from the United States went unmarked in the Yellow Hammer State.
And that’s a shame.
The Jan.11, 1861, secession declaration is certainly no cause for celebration, but it was a watershed event for Alabama, and should not be ignored regardless of the pain and embarrassment of the memory for some.
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Prince William-Manassas Selected as Destination for Major Civil War Tour Organized by Filmmaker Ken Burns

A highly-anticipated Civil War-related tour created by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, is headed to Prince William County, Virginia this year, thanks in part to efforts by the Prince William-Manassas Convention & Visitors Bureau and local tourism partners.
The 2011 Tauck Civil War Event Tour, created by Burns and collaborator Dayton Duncan and organized by Tauck [...]

Upcoming library events to focus on Civil War books, local infantry

The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry will be commemorated during Washington County’s most recent “One County, One Book” program in which multiple residents are encouraged to read and discuss the same materials.
The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry was a regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was the first state volunteer [...]

Battlefield Dispatches No. 250: ‘Wagon Boss and Mule Mechanic: Part 3 Army Mules on the March’

This column is the continuation of Wagon Boss Robert M. Peck’s experiences in eastern Kansas and the Indian Territory (present Oklahoma) from 1862-1865. During the Civil War, the “Union” Quartermaster Department hired civilians to be in charge of mule drawn wagon trains that transported almost all of the supplies that were necessary equip a field [...]

Parks chief praises Walmart

The National Park Service’s chief is among those praising the world’s largest retailer for deciding not to build a Supercenter at the Wilderness.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis reacted to Walmart’s abandonment of plans for a 143,000-square-foot store a cannon-shot from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
“Walmart has crafted a solution where battlefield resources and [...]

Series begins by showing Rome’s place in Civil War

Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the first stages of the Civil War. And just as Confederate troops marched through Georgia, a group of Romans are prepared to march through history.
The Coosa Room of the Rome-Floyd County Library was packed with Civil War enthusiasts Thursday night as they waited to hear history unfold.
Around 100 [...]

This Day in the Civil War: 1/28/11

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1862
FURIOUS FLOODING FRUSTRATES FOOTE
Flag Officer Andrew Foote, after consultation with Gen. Grant, informed Gen. Halleck that they thought Ft. Henry could be successfully taken with four gunboats and the troops who were presently available. Halleck protested that the river was flooding, and he wanted to wait until the roads were better. Foote [...]