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

February 19, 2015 - 6:30pm
Appomattox

The familiar story of the Civil War tells of a predominately agricultural South pitted against a rapidly industrializing North. However, Adam Dean argues that the Republican Party's political ideology was fundamentally agrarian.

February 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
Richmond

In February 1865 Southern statesmen, soldiers, and civilians were engaged in the last stages of a months-long public debate over a proposal to enlist enslaved and free African-American men “to perform military service.” The Confederate Congress approved the legislation in March and the Army began enlisting African-American soldiers in the weeks before Appomattox.  Using manuscripts and printed items from the Museum’s library collections, the Museum’s Historian John Coski will explore the debate over enlisting African-American soldiers and its significance for mo

February 21, 2015 - 9:30am
Richmond

It is time for the final Person of the Year Symposium of the Sesquicentennial. Who will be named the Person of the Year for 1865 and join previous winners Abraham Lincoln (1861), Robert E. Lee (1862), Ulysses S. Grant (1863), and William T. Sherman (1864)? You can help decide by joining us in the audience! While the nominees are not revealed until the lectures are given, we can divulge the outstanding historians that will be giving those lectures. 

February 26, 2015 - 6:30pm
Appomattox

Hardy County, Virginia native John Hanse McNeill formed one of only three partisan units to survive the repeal of the Partisan Act by the Confederate Government. The unit was extremely successful in harassing Union forces even after McNeill’s death.  Learn about the exploits of McNeill’s Rangers, including the capture of two Union Generals at this talk by VMI Graduate, Museum volunteer, and Civil War historian Don Jones. Cost: Free for members, $5.00 for non-members- Reservations are required.

March 11, 2015 - 12:15pm
Appomattox

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (also known as the Freedmen's Bureau) was established by the War Department in 1865 to undertake the relief effort and the unprecedented social reconstruction that would bring freedpeople to full citizenship. Museum volunteer Morris Lockhart will discuss the legislation leading up to the Congressional action authorizing the Freedman’s Bureau, the key players that brought it about and then oversaw it, and the Bureau’s legacy. Cost: Free, but does not include admission to the Museum's exhibits. 

March 19, 2015 - 6:30pm
Appomattox

To the Bitter End is a new book that discusses all the surrenders at the end of the Civil War. From Appomattox to Bennett Place, to Alabama, the Trans-Mississippi, and Indian Territory, each surrender unfolded differently and had its own set of challenges. These fascinating stories have been compiled in one book. Robert M. (Bert) Dunkerly is a historian who has written more than ten books on the Revolution, Civil War, and historic preservation.

March 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
Richmond

The 57th Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers, one of four so-called 'Veteran' regiments was brand new to the front lines in May of 1864 when they marched off into the Wilderness.  From then on, the regiment would see action in every single battle of the Overland Campaign.  They would serve in the initial assaults on Petersburg, fight in the battle of the Crater, and after months in the trenches see their final action at Fort Stedman.  This lecture will tell the story of a regiment that may have only seen one year of the war, but saw some of its hardest fighting.

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