Articles from February 2011

Re-enactment portrays Confederates’ stand against Sherman’s march

Over the weekend, spectators with a keen interest in South Carolina history witnessed an exciting and educational re-enactment of the Battle of Rivers Bridge in Bamberg County, an important crossing on Sherman’s march to Columbia.
Not all battles of the Civil War were clashes of huge armies. Some were small but pivotal. Such was the Battle [...]

ESSAY: Civil War history is all around us

As the Gazette recently noted, commemorations begin this year marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The milestone also is an opportune time to trace ancestors on both sides of the conflict in battles across Virginia, including the Williamsburg area.
A family connection is what recently brought my wife, Mary Lynch Rogers, [...]

The Choctaw Confederates

During the first week of February, while gentlemen from across the South convened in Montgomery, Ala., to establish a new nation, a meeting of another, far older nation was happening 500 miles to the west. Instead of taking place under the lofty dome of a neoclassical capitol, this one was held in a simple wooden [...]

Brookline eyes new home for Civil War memorial

Town officials are developing plans for a new home for Brookline’s Civil War memorial, which will move the 19th-century tribute from a leaking outdoor concrete box to a display inside the Town Hall’s lobby.
“All these folks were sons and brothers and husbands… for what they did for us, this is just the right thing to [...]

MOA examines 150 years of Civil War history Saturday

This is a special year for Civil War buffs and historians. This is the sesquicentennial for the war between the states, and Museum of the Albemarle is not only ready to host its annual living history event, it will also be examining the lives of two war veterans this weekend.
The museum will present its Civil [...]

Ocmulgee National Monument fire ruled arson

A 154-year-old house that survived a Civil War raid was nearly destroyed in an arson early Wednesday at the Ocmulgee National Monument.
Macon police arrested a man with cuts on his hands who was watching the commotion as crews battled the blaze.
Just before 3:40 a.m., a fire alarm alerted firefighters, who arrived to find the back [...]

The Willard: Where hope collapsed as slavery raged

The delegates used separate hotel entrances: Pennsylvania Avenue for Northerners, F Street for Southerners.
They shouted, argued and one day almost came to blows before their chairman, a former U.S. president, yelled, “Order!”
Then, the day before Valentine’s Day 1861, one of the aged attendees passed away in his hotel room, begging colleagues from his deathbed to [...]

Residents preparing to mark 150th anniversary of Battle of Hancock

Confederate and Union forces clashed several times in Washington County during the Civil War, most notably at Antietam in 1862, but residents of Hancock are preparing for the 150th anniversary of another confrontation outside their town earlier that year.
The Battle of Hancock on Jan. 5-6, 1862, pitted one of the best known Confederate field commanders, [...]

This Day in the War: 02/10/11

Monday, Feb. 10, 1862
Cmdr. Rowan, in the USS Delaware, looked around the morning after Roanoke Island was taken, and saw several Confederate ships running for cover. He took off in pursuit up the Pasquotank River. Rowan and his force of Marines caught up with the fleet of Flag Officer Lynch, CSN. Lynch [...]

Peekskill joins Abraham Lincoln journey re-enactment, honors 150th anniversary of visit

History buffs and enthusiasts of Abraham Lincoln may want to head to Peekskill this month.
The city long has celebrated the 16th president’s speaking stop in Peekskill, one of many on his 12-day railway journey from his Springfield, Ill., home to his inauguration in Washington, D.C., in 1861.
But this year, on the 150th anniversary of his [...]