Many Americans, argues author Michael C. C. Adams, tend to think of the Civil War as more glorious, less awful, than the reality. Millions of tourists flock to battlefields each year as vacation destinations, their perceptions of the war often shaped by reenactors who work hard for verisimilitude but who cannot ultimately simulate mutilation, madness, chronic disease, advanced physical decay.
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
Learn to be a Civil War soldier in this one-day camp. Participants will design and make their company flag, learn about the life of a soldier, practice drilling and how to conduct a battle. Then at the end of the day they will put into practice what they have learned by participating in a mock battle. Registration is required by July 1. Please contact Josie Butler via the email or phone numbers listed above to register. Cost: $15.00 for Members, $20.00 for Non-Members, Maximum 30 per camp.
The rain date for this event is Thursday, July 17.
Visit the museum to complete your Secret Agent Training as activities featuring prizes will be ongoing throughout the day! Decode messages using the ciphers created and used by real Civil War spies. Gather clues for an exciting spies scavenger hunt. Create your own secret code in invisible ink. Learn the tricks of the trade used by expert spy Elizabeth Van Lew as she makes an appearance from 1pm to 1:45pm (portrayed by Terry Menefee Gau).
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.
Learn about the Civil War when you join one of the “soldiers” from the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox at James River State Park Campfire Theater as he talks about life of the common soldier during the Civil War. This outdoor program will involve the audience because they will learn about the soldiers’ equipment and then be “drafted” into the army and taught basic drills that the soldiers had to learn. This program is free for campers and those coming to the park just for the campfire. For the latter, the parking fee will be waived.
This walking tour covers approximately 2.16 miles and begins at the Museum of the Confederacy. Advance reservations required. Please reserve your spot online or contact Kelly Hancock at (855) 649-1861 x 121 & firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Cost: $5 for members, $15 for non-members (includes Museum admission). During the year 1864, Richmonders faced danger from within and without. Theft, arson, prison breaks and a cavalry raid were just a few
Rangers and staff from ten sites, including The MOC-Appomattox, will be on hand, under one roof, to share information about their site and how they can help teachers of all grades with their class. Information about field trip costs, SOL areas covered in the programs, and contact information will be provided. Cost: free for teachers.
The stories of Richmond women during the Civil War range from daring spies and devoted nurses to star-crossed lovers and captivating socialites. Learn about Rose O’Neal Greenhow, who drowned off the Cape Fear River; Elizabeth Van Lew, the Richmonder who helped Union soldiers escape from Libby Prison; Mary Chesnut, diarist and neighbor of Jefferson Davis; Hetty Cary, the belle of the South; Buck Preston, the beauty from South Carolina; and more. Join Kelly Hancock, Manager of Education and Programs at the Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond for this lecture.
Learn about the Civil War when you join one of the “soldiers” from the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox at Holliday Lake State Park Campfire Theater as he talks about life of the common soldier during the War. This outdoor program will involve the audience because they will learn about the soldiers’ equipment and then be “drafted” into the army and taught basic drills that the soldiers had to learn. This program is free to not only the campers, but also for those who come to the park for just the campfire.