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Every second Wednesday of the month, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park are partnering to bring the Civil War Sesquicentennial to Appomattox. Each month, a knowledgable speaker will lead a discussion on a topic or event's 150th anniversary. The talks take place at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox.
In the decade before the Civil War, the construction of the Richmond and Danville Railroad brought prosperity to the Southside Virginia village of Danville, swelling the population twofold. The Confederate government acted quickly to utilize the assets of the town with the establishment of an arsenal, a hospital complex, a supply depot, and later, a prison compound. Selected as a refuge for the government should Richmond fall, Danville saw the contingency plan unfolding early in April, 1865 with President Jefferson Davis moving his governmental departments into every available town facility. Join Danville native, lifelong Civil War enthusiast and author of Danville in the Civil War Lawrence McFall for this lunchtime talk.
Admission is free, but does not include entrance to the Museum's exhibits.