Articles from February 2011

No. 98: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

The turreted stone building at 228 Main St. in front of the Old Burial Ground is an integral part of Huntington’s landscape.
It gives ample testimony to residents’ desire to honor fallen sons. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building was built in 1892 to honor those who died in the Civil War. The cannon in front [...]

New flags to fly for Civil War vets

About a year ago Barry L. Kauffman, 67, superintendent of the Alsace Cemetery at historic Alsace Lutheran Church and Grace (Alsace) UCC, Muhlenberg Township, was looking for Betsy Ross-design American flags to decorate the 25 graves of Revolutionary War soldiers.
It was Neil D. Scheidt, 71, of Exeter Township, an avid genealogist and member of Alsace [...]

Castle Pinckney: Dense brush, trees to be burned in preservation push

On Friday, people in at least four cities could see smoke billowing from Castle Pinckney, the abandoned circular brick fort in the middle of Charleston Harbor.
The plumes won’t signal an attack or a re-enactment, but instead could mark a new push to preserve a historic site that predates Fort Sumter.

Battle brewing over Civil War: New York State Military Museum friends struggle to fund sesquicentennial events

Local officials are fighting a financial battle to make sure New York state’s role in the Civil War isn’t forgotten.
The War Between the States began 150 years ago on April 12 at Fort Sumter, S.C., and most states will hold numerous sesquicentennial events in the next few years.

Colonial Williamsburg explores origins of Civil War

The Civil War did not erupt until April 1861 — when rebel guns began firing on the federal garrison at Fort Sumter.
But the struggle that ultimately cost 600,000 lives reaches back much further in time, with the first signs of disunion appearing not long after the Revolution.
As early as the 1790s, Thomas Jefferson began thinking [...]

Minnesota’s first war heroes

Four years ago, Jay Wittenberg began painting portraits of the courageous men from Washington County who answered President Abraham Lincoln’s call for more troops and went off to fight in the Civil War.
He collected biographical information on the band of young farmers, teachers, loggers, lawyers and students, and obtained photographs from books and websites to [...]

Civil War with battle re-enactments at Calico Ghost Town

The State of California was in its infancy when the Battle of Ft. Sumter, near Charleston, SC took place in 1861 starting the American Civil War. While patriotic fervor swept California residents after this battle, Volunteer Regiments, recruited from pro-Union counties from the northern part of the state were sent to occupy pro-secessionist Southern California [...]

State park to commemorate Battle of Olustee

The Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will host the 35th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee, February 18-20. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.

This Day in the War: 2/9/11

Sunday, Feb. 9 1862
Proving that “political generals” were not an exclusively Northern phenomenon, on this day Brig. Gen. Gideon J. Pillow, CSA, was appointed commander of Ft. Donelson. Pillow, whose education was in law, not war, had been the law partner of one James K. Polk. He helped Polk become president in [...]

How much do we know about General Sherman?

Ask Frank Bullock a question about Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and the local Civil War buff can instantly can paint a picture of a man who was both brilliant and controversial.
“He was a very complex personality, probably borderline genius,” Bullock explains about Sherman. “He had an unusual ability; most of us can see the details [...]