December 19, 2014 - 12:00pm
Richmond

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.

January 9, 2015 - 12:00pm
Richmond

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.

January 14, 2015 - 12:15pm
Appomattox

By late 1864, Wilmington, North Carolina remained the last major blockade-running port open to the Confederacy.  The city on the Cape Fear River had been invaluable to the South, providing Robert E.

January 16, 2015 - 12:00pm
Richmond

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 The talk will be immediately followed by the unveiling of a newly-conserved flag, originally made by Hetty’s cousin, Constance Cary, in 1861.

January 17, 2015 - 11:00am
Appomattox

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.

January 22, 2015 - 6:30pm
Appomattox

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.

January 30, 2015 - 12:00pm
Richmond

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.

February 7, 2015 - 11:00am
Appomattox

Don and Joyce Leslie along with Dawn Doss will present a program on Civil War dancing. The same program will be presented at both 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Each program will last approximately 45 minutes. The Leslies, who are experienced in Civil War-era dancing, will lead in a discussion of various 19th Century dances as well as teach the audience the basic steps to such popular dances as the Virginia Reel and the Gay Gordons. Cost: Included with Museum admission.

February 7, 2015 - 1:00pm
Appomattox

Don and Joyce Leslie along with Dawn Doss will present a program on Civil War dancing. The same program will be presented at both 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Each program will last approximately 45 minutes. The Leslies, who are experienced in Civil War-era dancing, will lead in a discussion of various 19th Century dances as well as teach the audience the basic steps to such popular dances as the Virginia Reel and the Gay Gordons. Cost: Included with Museum admission.

February 11, 2015 - 12:15pm
Appomattox

On February 3, 1865, five men met for four hours aboard the US steamer River Queen on the prospect of a peaceful resolution to a war that had ravaged a divided nation for the better part of four years.  Though no official record of what became known as the Hampton Roads Peace Conference exists, historians have been able to piece together much of what happened through the recollections of the participants.  This lecture will focus on the events leading up to the Conference, the topics of discussion, and why it ultimately failed to bring about a peaceful settlement to

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