Railroad communications are always important but never so much as during wartime. We will explore communications on the train, internally (within the railroad), and externally (with the outside world). To understand how communications worked in 1864 we will delve into the origins of what was "state of the art" communication that had a tremendous effect on the outcome of the war. Cost: Included with Museum admission.
Hailed as the social event of the season, the wedding of one of the most beautiful belles in the South to a dashing brigadier general was one bright moment amid the gloom of 1865. However, ill omens preceded the wedding and tragedy would follow soon on its heels. Join Kelly Hancock, Interpretation and Programs Manager, for this talk on Hetty Cary and John Pegram and events surrounding their wedding on January 19, 1865. The talk will be immediately followed by the unveiling of a newly-conserved flag, originally made by Hetty’s cousin, Constance Cary, in 1861.
Play games that were enjoyed in the 19th Century and are appropriate for all ages – checkers, dominoes, marbles, and jacks. Learn how to solve wooden puzzles as well as decode secret messages using Civil War reproduction decoders. Admission to the museum is free for all on this day.
Many scholars place the Civil War as a transition between the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th Century and the two World Wars of the 20th Century. In 1861, the armies were following the lessons of Napoleon and his signature mobile warfare. But as the war unfolded and the casualties mounted, it was clear that this was war in the industrial age and nothing could have prepared the leaders for what was to come. Join Read Charlton, Volunteer at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox as he explores this fascinating subject.