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Current Local Civil War Events / News, in Massachusetts

Posted by the Olde Colony Civil War Round Table

This is a public information service on current local (Mass.) event / news, on the American Civil War, in Massachusetts.
The information may be time sensitive.

Though we attempt to post accurate information, we are not responsible or liable for any cancellation or changes of any event due to unforseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for error or misprint of information beyond our control.
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Upcoming events

The Olde Colony Civil War Round Table annual Jubilee Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Detail on the date, time, place, ticket, speaker will be announced below.
Olde Colony Civil War Round Table Jubilee Dinner, October 21, 2010, Thursday, 6.00 p.m., at Lombardo's in Randolph, MA.

The Olde Colony Civil War Round Table Presents:

" An Evening with General U.S. Grant"
By Sam and Julie Grant

The Olde Colony Civil War Round Table of Dedham MA will have their annual  Jubilee Dinner on Thursday October 21, 2010 at Lombardo’s in Randolph, MA.  (Direction: Route 128, merged with Interstate 93, exit 5 south, or route 28 south, turn right on the first light, Lombardo restaurant.)
Local re-enactors and students of the life and times of U.S. Grant, Sam and Julie Grant of Townsend, MA, will entertain the Olde Colony Civil War Round Table at the Dinner. Sam's living history presentation is entitled, "Letters, Cigars and Horses ------- A Living History Presentation of General U.S. Grant." After a brief introduction and survey of the General's life before the Civil War, the engagements, habits, and contributions of the General are explored through the use of lively and often humorous anecdotes, letters and impressions of the times.
The Jubilee Dinner is the main preservation fundraising event for the Olde Colony Civil War Round Table. The cost of a ticket is $35. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, Rich Campagna, 102 Pratt Ave., Dedham, MA 02026. 
Phone: (781) 326-2073    Email: 
Olde Colony Civil War Round Table 
Annual Jubilee Dinner
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Lombardo's in Randolph, MA
Speaker: Sam and Julie Grant
"An Evening with General Grant"
Cost: $35.00 per ticket (Chicken Dinner)
Ticket Order Form
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Please make check payable to: Olde Colony Civil War Round Table
Send ticket requests and check to:
Rich Campagna
102 Pratt Ave
Dedham, MA 02026
Ticket requests must be received by October 12, 2010
*Civil War artifacts exhibits!
*Raffle to benefit the Preservation Fund! 
The Boston Public Library's Civil War Lecture series for 2009.
April 2, 2009. Massachusetts Lecture
"Giants:  The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln," John Stauffer, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston Room, Thursday, April 2, 2009, 6:30 p.m., 617-536-5400.  Booksigning to follow.  Free and open to the public. 
“John Stauffer’s collective biography of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln stands apart from other biographies by focusing on how each man continually remade himself … The result is a path-breaking work that dissolves traditional conceptions of these two seminal figures (Lincoln the ‘redeemer’ president, Douglass the assimilationist). He reveals how Douglass towered over Lincoln as a brilliant orator, writer, agitator, and public figure for most of his life. He shows us how words became potent weapons for both men. And he tells the poignant story of how these preeminent self-made men ultimately converged, despite their vastly different agendas and politics, and helped transform the nation.”

Henry Louis Gates, Jr

JOHN STAUFFER is chair of the History of American Civilization and Professor of English at Harvard University. His first book, The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (Harvard University Press, 2002) was co-winner of the 2002 Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the winner of the Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the runner-up for the Lincoln Prize. He is also the co-author of Meteor of War: The John Brown Story and the editor of the Modern Library edition of Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom. He lives in Cambridge, MA. You can visit his website at

The Boston Public Library's Civil War Lecture series for 2009.
April 23, 2009. Massachusetts Lecture
"Lincoln and the West," James McPherson, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Rabb Lecture Hall. Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6:30 p.m., 617-536-5400.  Booksigning to follow.  Free and open to the public.

Lincoln and the West



Lincoln was a product of the American West and his political career was much concerned with Western issues: the question of the expansion of slavery into the territories; the transcontinental railroad; the Western theater during the Civil War; and Indian-White relations in the West.  This lecture will explore these issues.


James M. McPherson is the author of fifteen books and the editor of another ten, mostly dealing with the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction.  His books have won several prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in history (1989) for Battle Cry of Freedom; The Civil War Era; the Lincoln Prize (1998) for For Cause and Comrades; Why Men Fought in the Civil War; and a second Lincoln Prize (2009)  for Tried By War; Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. He has served as president of the American Historical Association and the Society of American Historians.  From 1962 to 2004 he taught at Princeton University, where he is now the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History Emeritus.


All events are free and open to the public.  There will be a book signing following the program.

Information was sent to me by Helen Hannon (2/26/2009)


Abraham LincolnBi
Abraham Lincoln Symposium 

April 24th and 25th, 2009.
Houghton Library, the Lincoln Forum, and the Lincoln Group of Boston to Sponsor Symposium Marking Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial April 24th and 25th, 2009.
The year 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. As part of the Lincoln Bicentennial celebrations, Harvard University’s Houghton Library will co-sponsor with the Lincoln Forum and the Lincoln Group of Boston a symposium on Abraham Lincoln at 200: New Perspectives on His Life and Legacy. The symposium, to be held at Houghton Library and other Harvard University venues on Friday, April 24, through Saturday, April 25, 2009, will coincide with a major exhibition featuring books, manuscripts, ephemera, and artifacts from Houghton Library's Abraham Lincoln Collection.
The symposium will examine or re-examine several aspects of Lincoln’s career, such as his views on race and slavery, his role as Commander-in-Chief, his use of the press to shape public opinion, his relationship with Congress and his influence on the legislative process, and his role as a politician and as a party leader. Several prominent Lincoln and Civil War scholars have agreed to participate, including Michael Beschloss, Gabor Boritt, Brian Dirck, David Herbert Donald, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Drew Gilpin Faust, Richard W. Fox, Harold Holzer, James McPherson, Edna Greene Medford, Matthew Pinsker, Gerald J. Prokopowicz, John Y. Simon, Edward Steers, Craig Symonds, Thomas Turner, Michael Vorenberg, and Frank J. Williams.
Details on the symposium and exhibition will be announced over the next year, so please check this page periodically.
This program has been endorsed by the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission as an official event of Lincoln's 200th year, and will be promoted widely on its Web site. Two of the scheduled conference participants, Professor Boritt and Chief Justice Williams, serve as commissioners of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and Mr. Holzer serves as one of the three co-chairs.
(Posted in November, 2007; sent by Helen Hannon.)
Symposium participants included Drew Gilpin Faust, Jean H. Baker, Brian Direck Michael Beschloss, Gabor Boritt, David Herbert Donald, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard W. Fox, Harold Holzer, John Marszalek, James McPherson, Edna Greene Medford, Matthew Pinsker, Gerald J. Prokopowicz, Barry Schwartz, John Stauffer, Craig Symonds, Thomas Turner, Michael Vorenberg, and Frank J. Williams.  
Registration fee for the symposium is $165.00 per person. Please contact Peter X. Accardo 617-496-4027 in advance.
(Updated on March 16, 2009. Source: occwrt March 2009 Newsletter.)
Medford Historical Society
Of the people: Faces of the Civil War
2/27/09 to 4/20/09
Fifty-five rare Civil War photographs from a remarkable and nearly forgotten collection will be publicly exhibited for the first time by the Medford Historical Society.  Of the People: Faces of the Civil War includes stunning portraits of the men, women, children, freed slaves, immigrants and Native Americans who fought and were profoundly affected by the Civil War.  The exhibit and an accompanying lecture series runs February 27-April 30 at MHS headquarters in Medford, Mass.
Tips For Visitors
Of the People will open at MHS headquarters at 10 Governors Ave in Medford on February 27 from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Through April 30, public exhibition hours will be 12:00-3:00 pm on Saturdays and 12-4:00 pm on Sundays.  Admission is free.
Of the People Lecture Series
In conjunction with the Of the People exhibit, the MHS is offering a series of lectures:
African-American Soldiers in the Civil War
Lecture by Michael Chesson
Friday, March 20, 7:30 pm
At The West Medford Community Center (111 Arlington Street)
Fort Warren in the Civil War
Lecture by Jay Schmidt
Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 pm
At The Royall House (15 George Street)
I'll Pass for your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Lecture by Anita Silvey
Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm
At the Medford Public Library (111 High Street)

Jim Kiely 617-233-1982 or
Barbara Kerr 781-395-7950
(Posted on 2/17/09, sent by the Medford Historical Society)

Lincoln Birthday Celebration
Sunday  February 8, 2009    from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

The Forbes House Museum has a long standing tradition of celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.


This year they are pleased to announce and honored that their Lincoln Bicentennial activities have been endorsed by both the State and National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commissions. On February 8, 2009 

a Lincoln Day Bicentennial Celebration is planned at the Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams Street.


The day will include  Civil War Re-enactors from the Mass 22nd and 54th regiments, a living history team portraying President Lincoln and Mary Todd, the US Navy Band Northeast, hot chocolate and selections from the Museum’s Lincoln Collection.

Cost: Free for all with a suggested $5 per family donation. Free parking.

(Sent by  The Forbes House Museum)
(Posted in January 2009)


The Rivalry
Newburyport Firehouse Vincent Dowling Theater Company Theater, MA
October 24-26, Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm (2008)
By Norman Corwin
Directed by Vincent Dowling
This play is a perfect combination of a wonderful work of dramatic art and an unforgettable history lesson that echoes from Abraham Lincoln to today. The year 1858 saw a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, and Stephen A. Douglas, a Democrat, for an Illinois seat in the United States Senate. The debates presaged the issues that Lincoln faced in the 1860 Presidential campaign and are remembered partially for the eloquence of both sides. Written in 1958—to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Great Debates—the professional revival of this production is appropriate now—for the 150th Anniversary—as well as for issues facing the United States as the backdrop for the 2008 Presidential election.
This event is co-produced by the Firehouse an Vincent Dowling Theater Company.
$25 Members • $28 Non Members • $20 Students
(Posted in September, 2008)

Olde Colony Civil War Round Table Jubilee Dinner, October 16, 2008.
October 16, 2008, cocktail at 6:00 p.m. (Thursday), Jubilee Dinner. Meeting at Lombardo's Restaurant, Scanlon Drive, Randolph MA. (Route #128, exit 28 South) Featured Guest Speaker, Historian and Author of many Civil War books, Tom and Debra Goodrich Topic: "The Aftermath of the Lincoln Assassination" Jubilee Chair: Co-chair Dana Zaiser and Co-chair Gail Dugan Jubilee Banquet Ticket price: $35.00 per person. Banquet ticketmaster: call Dana Zaiser for tickets. 1-508-286-0060. Request must be received by 9/30/2008. No tickets would be sold at door. Cocktails Hour 6:00 p.m. Seated at 7:00 p.m. Dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Huge Raffle will take place (proceed goes to CW Preservation). Presentation of the Revere Award Exhibits / Artifact collections! And many more!
Posted On August 2008; sent by OCCWRT Jubilee Dinner co-Chair Dana Zaiser.

Civil War reenactment at Borderland State Park in Easton/Sharon, MA, Saturday 9/13/08, Sunday 9/14/08.
On September 13th and 14th The New England Brigade and the Liberty Greys will be hosting a very local reenactment at Borderland State Park in Easton. This reenactment will commemorate the 145th Anniversary of the Bristoe Campaign (The Battle of Bristoe Station on October 14, 1863). the reenactment will feature (2) battle scenarios behind the Ames Mansion area. Also on hand will be sutlers, along with civilians camps, and much more!!!!
Posted on August 2008; sent by OCCWRT Membership Chair, Paula Cunningham. Email:

An operatic production "Our American Cousin" will be showing on
June 20 (at 7:30 p.m.) 2008 and June 22 (at 3.00 p.m.) 2008, at the Acadamy of Music Theater in Northampton MA., featuring the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

The website promoting the production is at:
Our American Cousin Our American Cousin
(Posted in April 2008; sent by Irving Moy, 14th CVI.)

Monday May 12, 2008 John Burrows, 6:30, Mezzanine Conf. Room, Free John Burrows is a design historian and owner of J. R. Burrows & Company, Historical-Design Merchants of Rockland, Massachusetts. "Researching the Lincoln Cabinet Office."
Research for recreating historic interiors relies on rare period images, but visual documents sometimes offers conflicting evidence. Lincoln’s cabinet office at the White House was documented in Francis B. Carpenter’s painting of ‘The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.’ An assumption that the painting accurately represents the room is underscored by published guides that emphasize the efforts of the artist to portray the setting exactly. However, other artist’s sketches and a group of photographs by Matthew Brady have come to light showing otherwise. During the process of restoring this room a close study of these documents aided in the recreation of historic design elements for this important interior.
John Burrows is a design historian and owner of J. R. Burrows & Company, Historical-Design Merchants of Rockland, Massachusetts. He holds a BA from Grinnell College, and an MAH from University of Virginia, served as the architectural historian for South Dakota and was the design associate for a reproduction wallpaper firm in California prior to founding his own business in Boston in 1985. Burrows & Co. specializes in reproducing 19th century floorcovering and art wallpaper. Mr. Burrows has supplied period reproduction carpets to Historic New England, seven state capitol buildings, the White House, the National Park Service, and for hundreds of house museums and restoration projects across the country. He has lectured extensively across North America and in England.
(Posted in March 2008; sent by Helen Hannon.)

Tuesday, April 22, Fredric Woodbridge Wilson, 6:30, Free, Mezzanine Conf. Room., Free Fredric Woodbridge Wilson, Curator, Harvard University Theatre Collection, "Theatre in the Civil War: Before, During and After." DETAILS:
April 22, Fredric Woodbridge Wilson, 6:30, Mezzanine Conf. Room., Free
Fredric Woodbridge Wilson has been the curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection in the Houghton Library since 1996. Before that time he was a curator at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. His training was in conducting and musicology, and he has lectured and published widely in the fields of music, opera, and theater. He received a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for research in theatrical publishing, and the history of the theatres in Boston has been one of his special interests.
In his talk he will describe the Boston theaters that were active during the Civil War; and the types of plays and entertainments that were seen during the War. He will also speak about the War-themed plays and attractions that followed the War.
(Posted in March 2008; sent by Helen Hannon.)

April 9, 2008
Dennis Ahern will speak on "The Other April 19th"
Every April we commemorate the march of the Minutemen to the bridge in Concord, where Acton's Capt. Isaac Davis was the first officer killed in the Revolutionary War. In 1861 Acton's militia was again on the march. Calling themselves the Davis Guards, they were on their way to Washington to defend the Capitol after the fall of Fort Sumter when they were beset by a mob in Baltimore. Sticks and stones and bullets flew, and on this day fell the first casualties from hostile fire of the Civil War. And this day was the 19th of April, eighty-six years after the first blood was shed at Lexington and Concord. Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston St., 617-536-5400, 6:30 p.m., Mezzanine Conference Room, Free.
(Posted in September 2007; sent by Helen Hannon.)

Date: February 2, 2008

Hello Mr. Hall and Mr. Kwok,
As a follow up to my phone conversation with Mr. Hall a few weeks back, I’m writing to invite the Olde Colony Civil War Round Table to participate in our Annual Lincoln Day Celebration on February 2, 2008. Being a local organization, your members may already know that Lincoln Day celebrates both the legacy and heritage of Benjamin Lincoln, a Hingham resident, and Abraham Lincoln, whose ancestors first settled in Hingham.

The event is fairly patriotic in flavor with a color guard, firearm salutes by local milita, music from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. The climax is the laying of a wreath at the Abraham Lincoln statue at Fountain Square, then refreshments at Old Derby Academy.

If you or any of your members are interested in participating, or even just attending, contact me at 781-749-7721 or

I look forward to hearing from you & I’ll follow up soon with a more official invitation.

Suzanne Buchanan, Director
Hingham Historical Society
P.O. Box 434
Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: 781-749-7721
Fax: 781-749-0091

Posted on December 26, 2007

In Attleboro, MA, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th, 2007.
To honor Private Augustus A. Starkey with the return of his gravestone to the Old Kirk yard Cemetery.
The honors ceremony for the return of the gravestone will take place in the Old Kirk Cemetery of the 2nd Comngressional Church in Attleboro at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th. The cemetery is right behind the church which is on Route 123 in downtown Attleboro. There is a municipal parking lot right next to the property. The church is next to the railroad archway. Our Middleboro Veterans Council will be sending an honor guard detail. The minister of the church will be giving the invocation We hope to replace the GAR marker by having a re-enactor accomplish the task. We hope the local re-enactors will particpate.
(Posted in October 2007; sent by Bob Lessard)

Blue and Gray Education Society

Ed Bearss's Boston, Cradle of the Revolutions - The American Revolution and The Civil War
10/22/07 to 10/25/07
10/22/07 Statue of the "Minuteman" and the Lexington Green
10/23/07 Walking tour of Revolutionary War Boston
10/24/07 Bunker Hill / Breeds Hill, Henry Knox's cannons, Old Ironsides.
10/25/07 Civil War Boston.

The Faculty
Ed Bearss is the nation’s best known and most popular tour leader. This retired historian emeritus of the National Park Service continues to awe people with his energy and seemingly boundless knowledge. Additional faculty to be announced.

Blue and Gray Education For more detail, please refer to the Blue and Gray Education website.
(Posted in June 2007)

You are cordially invited to join the Civil War Round Table of New Hampshire for a cemetery tour!
Our guide will be Dick Adams of the Portsmouth Athenaeum at South Cemetery Portsmouth!
October 21, 2007, 10:30a.m.
The tour will feature many famous Portsmouth residents with a focus on the Civil War. We ask for a small donation to Mr. Adams for his efforts (about $3/each). Also, please give us the courtesy of an RSVP.
978.994.4717 or
(South Cemetery is located at the end of Richards Ave where it meets South St.)
Bill Hallett, President of the Civil War Round Table of New Hampshire
Posted on 10/9/07

(Date changed again!)
Oct. 17, 2007 -- Stephen Fox will speak on his new book, Wolf of the Deep, an account of the naval side of the Civil War. Books will be available for sale and signing. (Originally scheduled for September 13th.) Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston St., 617-536-5400, 6:30 p.m. Free.
(Posted on August 6, 2007; information came from Helen Hannon)

Olde Colony Civil War Round Table 2007 Jubilee Banquet
October 4, 2007
At Lantana, 43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph, Mass.
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Prominent Civil War speaker
Revere Award will be presented to two well-qualified and very well-known recipients
Many CW prizes on raffle (proceed goes to CW preservation)
$35.00 per person. Contact Jubilee Dinner co-chair Dana Zaiser (Email: or for ticket. Phone: 1-508-286-0060.
(Posted in June 2007)

October 3, 2007
Discussion, The Civil War Remembered: Union, Confederate, and African American Perspectives, The Civil War was a cataclysmic event in American history that in many ways continues to affect life in our nation. Professors David Blight, Fitz Brundage and Nina Silber--leading scholars in the field--will present the cause, course, and legacies of the Civil War from Union, Confederate and African American perspectives. Victory and memory and defeat an memory are just two of the themes they will discuss. Closing remarks will be made by historian John McCardell. Presented by the Boston Athenaeum, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, The Boston Public Library and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston St., 617-536-5400, 6:30 p.m. Free
(Posted in September 9, 2007)

Olde Colony Civil War Round Table Election result, for the term from 9/2007 to 8/2009

Elected Officers

President: Bob Hall
Vice President: Gordon Kwok
Editor: Bob Hall
Treasury: Peter McDonough
Secretary: Gail Dugan
(Posted in June 2007)

Blue and Gray Education Society

(Posted on July 16, 2007. "The North in the Civil War" Symposium is cancelled by the Blue and Gray Education Society.)

"The North in the Civil War" Symposium

Saturday, October 20th, 2007
9 AM-5:30 PM Optional Program, The 6th Annual North in the Civil War Symposium: 1857: The Nation in Crisis, at Hilton Garden Inn, Burlington MA.

Sunday, October 21st, 2007
11 AM-5 PM Optional Program, The 6th Annual North in the Civil War Symposium: 1857: The Nation in Crisis, at Hilton Garden Inn, Burlington MA.

This program is the BGES’ second official Sesquicentennial Program and it will present two days of lectures and discussion about the subjects such as The Mormon Expedition, Bleeding Kansas, The Caning of Charles Sumner, The Banking Crisis of 1857, The Inauguration of James Buchanan as the 15th President of the United States and the impact of the Dred Scott Decision. This 6th annual lecture series is one of the great undiscovered academic exercises of the Civil War circuit.
(Posted in June 2007)

Massachusetts School of Law at Andover

Massachusetts School of Law Civil War Conference

A Day With James McPherson: Interpretations Old and New- based on This Mighty Scourge. August 25, 2007.
$25.00 General Registration
(Posted in June 2007)

Helen C. Hannon, former President of the Civil War Discussion Group of the Boston Athenaeum will receive a Preservation Award on her preservation work of Civil War Monument. The 2007 Preservation Award is given by the Victorian Society in America / New England Chapter to Helen's work on the restoration of the Charles Russell Lowell Post No. 7 Grand Army of the Republic Monument, Mount Hope Cemetery, Mattapan, (Boston) Massachusetts.

Other recipients of the Victorian Society in America / New England Chapter, 2007 Awards included
Trinity Episcopal Church, restoration
The Gardens at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts
Sally Pierce, Curator of Prints at the Boston Athenæum: Lifetime Achievement Award in Historic Preservation Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston
June 26, 2007, 5:30 p.m., Reception
6:30 p.m. Awards Program
$15.00 Members, $20.00 Non-members. Please RSVP to 617-789-3927.
(Posted in May 2007)

The Exhibit: The Society's summer 2007 major exhibition, Sacrifice of Self: Nahant and the Civil War brings this era to life, including rare images and artifacts, many never on public view before, as well as poetry and music.
Tickets are $35 per person in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The exhibit will be opening June 23, 2007
Special exhibit hours start after the gala opening on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. until the end of August, except holidays.
SACRIFICE OF SELF; Nahant and the Civil War. The Book is available now
Nahant Historical Society
41 Valley Road
Nahant Massachusetts 01908
(781) 581-2727
(Posted in June 2007)

Olde Colony Civil War Round Table picnic
June Picnic ---- Saturday, June 16, 2007 at noon.
Picnic Chair: Jack McDonough
Site: Ft. Revere in Hull, Massachusetts
Featured speaker: John Galluzzo of the military history museum. Topic: History of Hull
Mini-bit speaker: Gordon Kwok. Topic: Meeting 3 Great Granddaughters of a Chinese Union Civil War Veteran
Election of Olde Colony CWRT officers will be held there.
Bring your own lunch.
(Posted in May 2007)

Olde Colony CWRT member Bill Hickey will participate re-enactment of his 5th Mass Artillery Regiment in the Borderland State Park in Sharon/Easton, June 16 and 17, 2007, with other re-enactors. Camp opens up to public at 9:00 a.m. on both days.
(Posted in May 2007)

Webmaster's note: I attended the event and visited Bill's camp site, talked to the soldiers and watched the fighting re-enactment.

Martha Morgan Pierce Gravesite Marker Dedication
She is the widow of Joseph Pierce, a Chinese who served in the American Civil War.
Martha, was buried next to Joseph Pierce in an unmarked gravesite. The ladies of the 14th CVI regiment (re-enactment group) took it upon themselves to raise monies for the marker. Thanks to family and member contributions we raised enough money to purchase and install a marker.
The 14th CVI regiment will dedicate this marker on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden, Connecticut. There will be a military honor guard in Union uniform, as the ladies will lead us in a period service. We will be honored to have three of Joseph and Martha's great granddaughters attending the ceremony.

Webmaster's note: I have been corresponding with Joseph Pierce's great granddaughters for quite a while, and it will be a great great honor to meet them. I will be meeting the link to history. Even though it is not a Massachusetts event, it is an important New England Civil War event. That's why I list this event here.
(Posted in May 2007)

Webmaster's note: June 10, 2007--- I went to the Martha Morgan Pierce Gravesite Marker Dedication event, and met Joseph and Martha Pierce's 3 great granddaughters. Even though this is the first time we met, it seems that we are long lost old friends. We talk and talk about the old times, the happy times. They are so happy to meet me, and I feel exactly the same way. We talk more and more after the Dedication. It is a very happy time together. Many thanks to the host, Irving and Julie Moy, and the 14th CVI regiment re-enacting group.

Dyer Memorial Library in Abington. MA ---- Olde Colony Civil War Round Table member and researcher Jack Zeletsky donated 3 missing volumes plus the index volume of the Southern Historical Society Papers to Dyer, so that the Library would have a complete set of the Southern Historical Society Papers.
(Posted in May 2007)

Boston Public Library
Civil War Series of Lectures – 2007
Copley Square - Mezzanine Conference Room – 6:30 pm

Monday, May 14, 2007
A Family Divided: The Abolitionist Wrights and the Slaveholding Pelhams.

Speakers: Sherry H. Penney Professor of Leadership at UMass Boston, and Jim Livingston, Senior Lecturer at MIT, are authors of A Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Women's Rights.

Martha Pelham Wright saw her son Willy Wright and her nephew John Pelham off to war, Willy to join the Army of the Potomac and John to join the Army of Northern Virginia. Each an artillery officer, Willy and John faced each other across several bloody battlefields. This talk will cover the actions of Willy and John and other family members in the war, and the activities of Martha Wright in the abolition and women's rights movements. Martha, along with her sister Lucretia Mott, attended the first meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833 and planned the world's first women's rights convention, held in Seneca Falls in 1848. Martha, elected this year to the National Women's Hall of Fame, was born in Boston on Christmas Day 1806.

Monday, May 21, 2007
Ball's Bluff and Malvern Hill: Two Massachusetts Battles in the Civil War.

Speaker: Professor Robert J. Allison teaches history at Suffolk University, is an author and editor of numerous books, is a life member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Ball’s Bluff (21 October 1861) was a small battle by the standards of the Civil War, but had ramifications far beyond its size. Malvern Hill (1 July 1862) was the culminating event of the Seven Day’s battles on the Virginia peninsula. This talk will include the impact by and on the Massachusetts regiments involved in these battles.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Longfellow’s Civil War

Speaker: Charles C. Calhoun is author of "Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life" (Beacon Press, 2004) and of a history of Longfellow’s alma mater, Bowdoin College. A resident of Dorchester, he is co-chair of the Longfellow Bicentennial Committee, helping plan commemorations around the country of the poet’s birth in 1807. Educated at the University of Virginia and at Oxford, he also serves as Scholar in Residence at the Maine Humanities Council, in Portland, Me.

Still in deep mourning after his wife Fanny’s death in 1861, Longfellow followed the early course of the American Civil War from the peaceful refuge of his Cambridge study. But the war suddenly came home to him when his elder son Charley ran off and joined the Union Army. How Longfellow dealt with these great personal crises – including Charley’s near-death in battle -- in the midst of a great national catastrophe is the focus of this talk.

All events are FREE and open to the public
700 Boylston Street / Boston, MA / 617-859-2261
(Posted in May 1, 2007)

Credit: Information on the Boston Public Library Civil War Lectures, and some other events, were provided to me by Helen Hannon, former President of the Civil War Discussion Group of the Boston Athenaeum. Many thanks.

Webmaster : Gordon Kwok
Email address:
May 1, 2007
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