KA cancels 2010 Old South parade

Kappa Alpha’s president says the fraternity has canceled its annual Old South parade a year after the event was charged as racially insensitive following an incident involving a historically black sorority.
The event has traditionally featured members dressed as Confederate soldiers and waving Confederate flags. Last year’s parade made a prolonged stop in front of Alpha [...]

Museum to display Civil War weapons

Visitors preparing for the Battle of Selma, which kicks off today, will see the live re-enactment of the 1865 event, but they shouldn’t miss an opportunity to see the weapons used during the Civil War, up close and personal.
The Vaughan-Smitherman Museum will have on display shotguns, rifles and pistols from the era, beginning today through [...]

Battle of Selma re-enactment experiencing a welcome revival

It’s had a few stops and starts along the way, but the Battle of Selma re-enactment final­ly appears to be on the right track.
Not only is it attracting re­newed support throughout the area, but it’s also being resuscitat­ed as the Civil War sesquicenten­nial nears and re-enactors across the country look ahead to Gettys­burg and the [...]

Southern Soapbox column: War legacy reflects an American spirit

During another April, a conversation turned to events in and around Blakeley in 1865.
One of the dinner guests sighed. “What is it with Southerners and the Civil War?” she asked. The conflict had been almost 150 years ago. Everyone who remembered it was long dead.
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ASU professor honored for Lincoln research, to participate in seminar

It’s a dream come true for Athens State University’s Dr. A. E. Elmore, professor of English and drama .
Elmore is one of about 20 college professors chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities from throughout America to participate in a seminar on the Civil War in Savannah, Ga., this summer.
Elmore is the author of [...]

Professor Chronicles Foreign Policy During Civil War

At a two-day meeting of the British Cabinet in late 1862, the most powerful men in the United Kingdom were on the brink of intervening in the Civil War raging in America.
In a new book, Dr. Howard Jones, a UA university research professor, describes just how close Britain, and other European powers, came to stepping [...]

Big Civil War re-enactment set

BRIDGEPORT – Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors will converge on this Jackson County town this weekend to replicate the 1862 “Siege at Bridgeport.”
The 16th annual re-enactment, billed as the state’s largest, will occur at the 350-acre McCraw farm, owned and operated by brothers Jere and JoJohn McCraw. The farm, they said, has been a part [...]

Alabama Civil War Reenactment Could Fall Victim to TVA’s Ash Spill

Alabama’s largest Civil War reenactment could fall victim to TVA’s coal ash spill.
For 16 years, the “Siege of Bridgeport” has been held on a family farm in the shadow of TVA’s Widows Creek Fossil Plant.
But after the spill at the Kingston plant TVA is trying to claim the land near its ash ponds in Jackson County.
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Restoration work on Wheeler Home preserves history

North Alabama has a fascinating history, and the Alabama Historical Commission was wise to preserve some of that history when it agreed to help restore Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s home at Pond Spring.
If all goes well, the 6,000-square-foot home could reopen to the public sometime in 2011.
Historical Commission funds helped, but many deserve thanks for the [...]

Fayette holds annual Civil War re-enactment

The smell of smoldering campfires and gun smoke lingered in the air over Fayette Sunday afternoon while men dismantled A-frame canvas tents and women packed up hoop skirts, cots and bed rolls.
Many of the men were still wearing the wool military uniforms they donned for the three-day Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Sipsey [...]