CWRTNH News

The CWRT of NH will meet on January 18, 2019 at the Epping Town Hall (upstairs). Doors open about 6:45pm with the meeting beginning at 7:15pm. We welcome anyone with an interest in the American Civil War. 
Below is the proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln regarding a national day of Thanksgiving.
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Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Liz Hallett, vice president of CWRT fo New Hampshire and President of the CWRT of the Merrimack, will again host a special ceremony on November 17, 2018 at the New England graves at the Soldiers' Cemetery in Gettysburg. 

In honor of the Gettysburg Address given in November 1863, a number of special events happen throughout the town, the cemetery and the battlefield, including a parade, the luminaries, balls, concerts, etc. 

Liz and her husband Bill took over a number of years ago from the Browns who began this humble event in the mid-1990s. New England graves are flagged on Friday and Liz's special event is Saturday morning at 8:30. This allows for participants to join in other events as well.

Contact Liz with questions.

If you have been a guest, please consider joining us! If you're a member, please remember that dues were due in September. For the low rate of $25/yr or $40/yr for family, you get an array of speakers and topics and the enjoyment of social camaraderie of fellow Civil War folk! 

We ask new and previous members to fill out membership forms completely to ensure we have correct info. Forms may be downloaded in PDF form in our home page.

For those new to our group, we are a bunch of men and women interested in the American Civil War. We have been around for 27 years and feature various topics within the realm of the war, from regiments, personalities, technology, battles, etc.

We have our schedule posted through June 2019. 

We wish everyone a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving, a holiday officially declared during the Civil War.

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