Confederate Submarine Getting a Chemical Bath

Conservators in South Carolina are putting an encrusted Confederate submarine in a chemical bath in an attempt to reveal its hull for the first time since 1864.  The H. L. Hunley was a Confederate submarine that sank a Union blockade ship off Charleston in 1864, but disappeared later that year.  See Confederate Submarine Getting a Chemical Bath for more information.

Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Commemorations

As in previous years, there are two major re-enactments of the Battle of Gettysburg at nearby locations.

On June 28–30, 2013, the Blue Gray Alliance presents the “150th Gettysburg Reenactment”. This features several major re-enactments, speakers and presentations, period music, demonstrations and more. For more information, see

On July 4–7, 2013, the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee presents the “150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment”. This re-enactment features several battle re-enactments, field demonstrations, a large living history village and activities tents, guest seakers and a sutler area. For more information, see

At the Gettysburg National Military Park itself, on June 30, there is a commemorative ceremony being held on June 30. During the following week there will also be several interpretive programs going on at the park. See for more information.

There are also a large number of events going on elsewhere. See for more.

Emancipation exhibit at Amistad Center for Arts & Culture

The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture (600 Main St., Hartford, CT) is currently hosting an exhibit, “Emancipation!”, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. More details about the exhibit can be found at Amistad Center for Arts & Culture. The Hartfourd Courant has published an article about the exhibit, “Amistad Exhibit Marks Emancipation Anniversary”, which is worth a read.

Vermont’s Top 10 Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibits and Events Announced by Vermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing


The Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) today announced the 2013 Top 10 Exhibits and Events competition winners.

Top 10 events and exhibits are selected annually and are chosen for their efforts to bring to life Vermont’s Civil War experience with history from the homefront and battlefield.

“The quality and breadth of these exhibits, organizations and events are exemplary,” VDTM Cultural Heritage Tourism Coordinator Catherine Brooks said. “This year, Rokeby Museum opens a multi-media exhibit presenting the true stories of two escaped slaves who were helped by a Ferrisburgh, Vt. family in the 1830′s. Lost Nation Theater and the Dorset Theatre Festival are producing provocative Civil War plays. Commemorative large-scale events like the St. Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend feature eye-opening Civil War soldier and civilian living history encampments.”

Top 10 museums include:

  •     Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh
  •     The American Precision Museum, Windsor
  •     Bennington Museum
  •     Vermont Historical Society’s Heritage Galleries, Barre

Top 10 arts and humanities organizations include:

  •     Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier
  •     Dorset Theatre Festival
  •     Vermont Council on the Humanities, Montpelier

Top 10 historic organizations include:

  •     The 18th Vermont
  •     Champlain Valley Historic Reenactors & St. Albans Raid Sesquicentennial Planning Group
  •     Cambridge Historical Society

“2013 is a great year for exploring Vermont’s Civil War history,” Mark Hudson, chair of the Governor-appointed Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission said. “We’re especially excited about the 2013 Signature Event, Ransom, a musical inspired by Civil War letters written by Rochester, Vt. residents that opens this Friday at Lost Nation Theater.”

For a complete calendar of Vermont Civil War events and exhibits visit and for travel planning around these events, please visit

Slave Chapel in London, Ontario, Canada

The London Free Press (London, Ontario, Canada) has had several articles over the past few weeks regarding a chapel built in London in 1848 by fugitive slaves who had escaped to Canada. At this chapel, in 1858, John Brown spoke.  The chapel has become rather run-down over the years and is now threatened with demolition, but there is a fundraising campaign that is underway to raise money to move the chapel.

A selection of articles about the chapel:

“Lincoln” released on DVD and Blu-Ray today

The critically-acclaimed movie “Lincoln”, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was released on DVD and Blu-Ray today.  It is available on a single-disc DVD, a 2-disc Blu-Ray combo pack, and a 4-disc Blu-Ray combo pack, as well as on various on-demand platforms.  It appears to be selling well so far; as of this writing, the DVD is holding down #4 spot on Amazon’s list of top-selling DVDs. Read a review of “Lincoln” from the Salt Lake Tribune.

United States still making payments to relatives of Civil War veterans

It’s surprising that, nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War, the United States government is still paying benefits to two children of Civil War veterans—one in Tennessee born around 1920 and the other in North Carolina born around 1930.

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TN considers making it difficult to rename, remove Civil War hero memorials

The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill that would make it much harder to rename or move memorials to the state’s war heroes—including those associated with the Civil War. Sounds good on the surface; only problem is that, in Tennessee, a state bitterly divided over secession 150 years ago, the number of monuments honoring Confederate supporters is well out of proportion to the number honoring Union supporters. Some Confederates could stand to be honored a lot less, most notably slave trader, war criminal, and KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest. The fact that the Civil War is described in the bill as the “War Between the States” suggests that monuments for the latter sort of person are really those that the Tennessee legislature would like to preserve, which is unfortunate.

Kudos to the city of Memphis for going ahead and renaming some of their parks.

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