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. For July, August, and September of 2013, the talks will move from their normal location at Baine's Books and Coffee to the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox.
The year 1863 was a year of epidemics, accidents, inflation, riots, and death. Richmonders, striving to make ends meet, mourned the loss of a hero and wondered whether their sacrifices had all been in vain. Step back in time on this two-hour, 2.39 mile tour and discover a city immersed in a desperate battle for survival. The tour begins at the Museum of the Confederacy. Advance reservations required. Please contact Kelly Hancock at (855) 649-1861 x 121 or by email for more information. Co
Throughout the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond will be hosting a monthly series of talks devoted to a topic or event's 150th anniversary. These talks, normally scheduled for the third Friday of the month, are free for members and Richmond area residents, and are included with Museum admission for all others.
During the four years of the Civil War, the border between eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia was highly contested territory, alternately occupied by both the Confederacy and the Union. In Contested Borderland, Brian McKnight examines the features of the region's geography and the influence of the attacks on borderlands caught in the crossfire of opposing forces. He reveals how the dual occupation of the Union and Confederate armies divided the borderland population, creating hostilities within the region that would persist long after the war's conclusion.
Robert Flippen, Education Specialist for High Bridge Trail State Park, will discuss the original High Bridge, why it came into being at its current location, early construction, The South Side Rail Road, and the role of the bridge in the closing days of the War. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm and the lecture will begin at 7:00 pm. Reservations are required. Contact Josie Butler at (855) 649-1861 x 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register. Cost: Free for Museum members, $5.00 for non-members.