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.
The July 30 Battle of the Crater was the most famous and controversial action during the 10-month Petersburg Campaign. Confederates who fought in the battle later formed a “Crater Legion” and recorded reminiscences about what they did and saw. These recollections are now part of the Museum’s library collections. Join Historian John Coski for a presentation about the battle and how Confederates remembered it. Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members
Join us for the annual Court End Christmas. See a Civil War Santa and hear him read “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Come for the period music performed by members of Southern Horizon. Learn about the last Christmas in the Confederate White House. See the house decorated for the holidays. Make children’s crafts, have some cookies and cider. Give back to the community by bringing a new or gently used book for a book drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
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.
Join Curator Cathy Wright to learn about the Davises' last Christmas in Richmond. Bring your lunch to the Museum and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
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.
Whether the Civil War was preventable is a debate that began shortly after Appomattox and continues today. But even earlier, in 1861, a group of Union-loyal Virginians-led by George Summers, John Brown Baldwin, John Janney and Jubal Early-felt war was avoidable. Author and historian Lawrence M. Denton traces this remarkable story of Virginians working against all odds in a failed attempt to save a nation from war.
Join Chris Calkins, Park Manager, Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park, and American Civil War historian, as he describes his efforts to locate and document the site of the Appomattox Station battlefield, armed with maps, journals and a metal detector.
Presented by the Museum of the Confederacy- Appomattox, Virginia State Parks, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation.
Join Chris Calkins, Park Manager, Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park, and Patrick Schroeder, Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, as they narrate the events of the Battle of Appomattox Station on location. This 40-acre protected battlefield is under the care of the Appomattox 1865 Foundation. A demonstration of the Confederate artillery vs Federal Cavalry battle is presented by the 2nd VA Cavalry Co C and Stuart’s Light Horse Artillery.
Enjoy coffee and muffins at the Museum as Elizabeth Varon lectures about the “Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory”on the 150th anniversary of the surrender. Tickets are $5.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. Reserve your seat here!