The Civil War Sesquicentennial
The CRRL is proud to partner with area historians, museums, tourism agencies, organizations, churches, and scholars to provide programs and information that can promote understanding of the events that exploded here in the 1860s and their far-reaching impact.
Over the next four years the community will be invited to commemorate-through lectures, re-enactments, exhibits, film screenings, and musical performances-the extraordinary fact that we were a war zone from 1861-1865.
Introductory Genealogy and Beyond
The Free Lance-Star Community Room, 616 Amelia Street, Saturdays, April 13 & 27, 9:00 - 11:00
CRRL and the Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society invite you to meet with the experts and learn everything you need to know about doing the family tree! A “Genealogy Social” follows from 11:00 -12:00
The programs are all free but please call Kris Jankovits to register: 540-226-9290.
- April 13 - Timelines in Genealogy and Military Research, with Phyllis Legare, Fredericksburg Regional Genealogy Society.
- April 27 - Probate/Courthouse Records, with Sharon Hodges, Fredericksburg Regional Genealogical Society, and Civil War Research, with Holly Schemmer (CRRL).
Strong Men & Women in Virginia History Exhibit
Headquarters, April 29 through June 8
- The Civil War and Food
- Civil War Diary Added to the Virginiana Collection
- Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War by Andrew F. Smith
- We Were Always Free by T.O. Madden, Jr.
- CRRL Presents: D. P. Newton, Founder of the White Oak Civil War Museum
This was a series of five reading and discussion sessions moderated by Jeff McClurken, chairman of the Department of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington. After each session, the discussion questions and reading materials were archived here.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War has led to a publishing boom in this section. Our librarians have carefully chosen the best of the new and newly-reissued to share with CRRL readers.
Articles on the Civil War
Written by library staff and volunteers who look at aspects of the War
from a local perspective.
Virginia History Books on the Civil War
Our popular and recent history books may be placed on reserve to be
checked out at your local branch. Includes volumes on local battles,
medicine, ironclads, photographs, and biography.
Here you will find online versions of rare print books that are often kept under lock and key. You will find here books on slavery-some written by local people, a book on Reconstruction, and a memoir from one of Jackson's foot cavalry.
Wounded Soldiers from the Battle of Wilderness
These Web sites are from historical organizations and are updated frequently. As the Sesquicentennial progresses, they are likely to feature information on the War and its commemorations.
Virginia Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War
The American Civil War Commission was tasked by the Virginia General Assembly in 2006 to "plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities appropriate to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War." This site is a central hub for finding Sesquicentennial events throughout the Old Dominion, including the Fredericksburg area.
The Battles of Spotsylvania, 2011 Civil War Reenactment
On May 21 & 22, 2011, battles will once again rage near Spotsylvania Courthouse during the Battles of Spotsylvania, 2011 Civil War Reenactment.
Central Virginia Battlefields Trust
CVBT's two-fold mission is 1) to purchase significant Civil War battlefields and landmarks, both in fee and in easement, and to preserve them in perpetuity and 2) to serve as a facilitator and advocate for battlefield preservation on a local, state and federal level.
Civil War Memory
Here are the reflections of a Civil War historian & high school history teacher with many links to interesting articles.
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. The initial focus of the CWSS is the Names Index Project, a project to enter names and other basic information from 6.3 million soldier records in the National Archives. The facts about the soldiers were entered from records that are indexed to many millions of other documents about Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust is dedicated to saving America's remaining Civil War battlefields. Civil War Trust members have saved 29,000 acres of hallowed ground in 20 states. Its Facebook page, Civil War Sesquicentennial Network, has more than 14,000 members.
Free Lance-Star: Past Is Prologue
"News and musings on Virginia history, the Civil War and heritage preservation issues."
Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield
FWB hosts public events year-round and links to news articles concerning the Wilderness Battlefield and efforts towards its preservation.
National Park Service: Mysteries and Conundrums
"Exploring the Civil War-era landscape in the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania region." An unofficial and fascinating blog.
NPS' John Hennessy: Fredericksburg Remembered
"The challenges and adventures of interpreting the history of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania to a sometimes ambivalent public." Many posts concern African-American and Civil War history.
Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table
The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table was founded as an organization open to all people interested in learning about the Civil War and in preserving the hallowed ground where the soldiers fought. This very active organization has an online newsletter and monthly dinner meetings (reservations required) featuring speakers on Civil War history.
See Civil War through New Eyes
Clint Schemmer's article for the Free Lance-Star details the Virginia Historical Society's new exhibit, "An American Turning Point: Virginia in the Civil War." The huge (and free!) show will run February 4 to December 30, 2011. It has many artifacts with the human stories behind them--soldiers, civilians, and slaves--with much information presented impressively at audio-visual stations. Its curator predicts that it will be the largest exhibit in the nation to mark the Sesquicentennial, and it will eventually tour to other institutions.
To the Sound of the Guns: Civil War Artillery, Battlefields and Historical Markers
A popular and frequently-updated blog for Civil War enthusiasts.
The Virginia Historical Society
"...exhibitions, education, research, tours, bus trips, lectures, classes, collections, outreach, library, shop, and everything Virginia history!" - Much of which has to do with the Civil War and some of which is online.
*Photographs from the Library of Congress' Civil War Photograph collection
The two photos in the Civil War blog section are The Lacy House, Falmouth, Virginia (Chatham) and
Aquia Creek Landing, Va. Wharf with transport and supplies