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150 years ago this month...
It was a pretty quiet month across the country with just a few flashes of violence, one in an unlikely place. A half-hearted Union campaign began on the Red River in Louisiana.
A two-pronged Union cavalry raid against Richmond was turned back by local militia March 1. The hoped-for outcome of the raid was to free prisoners and cause mayhem in the Confederate capital.
A talk at the Walkerton Tavern, north of Richmond commemorates the event
Soldiers spent what would be for many the last quiet moments of their lives in camps and fortifications as winter came to a close. A symposium and bus tours take a look at this phase of the war.
LOUISIANA / ARKANSAS
The "Red River" Campaign, a two-pronged Union offensive against Confederate headquarters in Shreveport (LA), was launched in mid-March from Arkansas and eastern Louisiana. The uncoordinated and poorly led effort ended in failure a month later.
A commemoration of the campaign scheduled in Alexandria/Pineville (LA) March
6-9 includes a symposium and reenactment.
Commemorations of other Red River episodes, including the Battles of
Mansfield and several battles in Arkansas are scheduled in April. For listings
and links, see
The Charleston (IL) Riot, March 28, 1864, was a bloody clash between Union
soldiers and "Copperheads." It resulted in nine dead. A full schedule of
activities March 28-30 in Charleston includes a symposium, living history, tours
Other 1864-related conferences, seminars
"The War Returns to the Valley," March 8 at New Market (VA).
"1864," annual free conference March 15 at Longwood University in Farmville
"1864 — The War in the Western Theater," March 21-22 at Kennesaw State
University in Kennesaw (GA).
First Saturday programs at Andersonville
The Andersonville National Historic Site (GA) is hosting special "First
Saturday" ranger programs through 2015 commemorating the 150th anniversary of
the Camp Sumter Military Prison. The program topics change every two months.
Each segment will feature a theme connected with the site and will highlight a
different Civil War prison. The theme for March-April is "Arrival," and the
highlighted Civil War prison is Rock Island (IL).
Cemetery Ridge rehab continues
One by one the modern intrusions on Cemetery Ridge on the Gettysburg
battlefield are disappearing. The changes already made are evident and dramatic.
Gone are the old Cyclorama building and visitor center. Next is the visitor
center parking lot, which should be gone by summer.
Virginia Civil War guide for iPads
More than 60 Virginia Civil War sites, ranging from National Parks to community walking trails, are highlighted in a new app for iPads. The Virginia Civil War Field Guide app, designed for both on-the-road travel and trip planning, features interactive maps, modern and historic images, and practical, "must-have" information about each site. Cost is $3.99. It is available on the Apple App Store.
Franklin (TN) site acquires Cleburne signature
A rare wartime signature by Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne will go on
exhibit March 16 at the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin (TN). Cleburne
was killed a short distance from the house during the November 1864 battle. More
artifact unveilings are planned at the house during this, the battle's 150th
anniversary year. Special "private tours" of the house's cellar also will be
offered once a month through October.
Artillery subject of NC webcast
The history and science of Civil War artillery is featured in a special
webcast March 11 from the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. The
webcast is scheduled to include talks and a cannon firing demonstration. The
program is geared for school children but anyone may register.
Ranger programs highlight women's history
Special programs presented Saturdays and Sundays during March at the Stones River National Battlefield (Murfreesboro TN) reveal the stories of women in the Civil War. More info: http://www.nps.gov/stri/planyourvisit/ranger-programs.htm
2014 Guide to Virginia's Civil War published
This year's 150th anniversary edition of the Guide to Virginia's Civil War newspaper is now available at visitor centers and Civil War sites throughout the state. The guide and other free Virginia travel info is also available by mail by filling out the form at civilwartraveler.com/request-form.html (choose Virginia).
Take a bike tour of Manassas (VA)
Second-Saturday guided bicycle tours of downtown Manassas begin March 8. The morning tours cover many Civil War sites and stories. Tours begin at the Manassas Museum and cost $5. Details: manassascity.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/22289
On the Web
March 2014 Reenactments
The event is called Museum Village and it happens every Labor day weekend. This is the oldest running re-enactment in the state of new york. It has declined over the years, and as of this year I was given control of this event, and with that I am trying to revitalize it to what I remember when I first started this hobby. If any artillery Units out there from the Reserve are interested, or any questions please feel free to contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I do not think that the
event has been posted to their site yet as it is still early in the year but it
will be in a few months I would imagine.
Nick Pollock, United States Volunteer's