- The Washington Times - Friday, May 18, 2007


Today: The Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will honor “the Christian martyr Capt. Henry Wirz, Confederate States Army” beginning at 11 a.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1300 Bladensburg Road NE. Information: 301/698-1208.

May 30: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in cooperation with the Military District of Columbia holds a re-enactment of Decoration/Memorial Day 1874, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Portico of the Custis-Lee Mansion at Arlington National Cemetery. The Marine Band Brass Quintet will participate. Information: David R. Curfman at 202/244-6302.


Through May 28: “Remembrance and Recovery: Maryland’s Civil War Veterans,” an exhibit highlighting the state’s veterans and the organizations that supported them throughout their lives, with artifacts from the Daniel Toomey collection. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 301/695-1864 or www.civilwarmed.org.

Thursday: The Alpine Station Civil War Round Table will hear historian Jerry Bayer speak on Civil War weapons at 7 p.m. at Hancock Town Hall on High street. The public is invited. Information: 304/258-2563.


Tomorrow: Sons of Confederate Veterans Frank Stringfellow Camp No. 822 will hear Dave Goetz speak on “The Post-War Relationship between Col. John Singleton Mosby, 43rd Virginia Cavalry, and President Grant” at American Legion Post 177, 3939 Oak St., Fairfax. Dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., costs $22; senior citizens, $17. Speaker at 7 p.m. with suggested donation of $5. Information and reservations: 703/250-8705 or www.stringfellowcamp.org.

Thursday: The Gen. Samuel Cooper Chapter No. 105 of the Military Order of Stars and Bars of Alexandria will host a Service of Remembrance for Confederate Memorial Day at Christ Church, at the intersection of North Washington and Cameron streets in Old Town Alexandria. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the service will start soon thereafter, followed by a wreath presentation at the mass grave in the churchyard, with a Confederate Honor Guard salute. A garden party will follow at the Mary Custis Lee United Daughters of the Confederacy House at 806 Prince St., four blocks from the church. Phone Charlie Higginbotham at 703/455-4680 to make a reservation. The dinner costs $25.

May 26-28: The Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will conduct tours and special activities during the Memorial Day weekend at the Ellwood House, a Confederate hospital during the Battle of Chancellorsville, grave site of Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s left arm, and Union headquarters during the Battle of the Wildernesss. The house will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three days. On May 26, a Saturday, special activities are scheduled: “An Archaeological Review of Ellwood Manor and its Outbuildings” by Dale Brown, at 1:30 p.m.; a concert of Civil War period music by John Tole and Anne Howard, at 2:30 p.m.; and National Park Service historian Mac Wyckoff’s talk on “The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson,” at 3:30 p.m. The Wilderness Battlefield and Ellwood are about 15 miles west of Interstate 95 at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 20. Visit the FoWB’s Web site at www.fowb.org for more information.

May 28: The Father William Corby Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold a ceremony to honor Union and Confederate soldiers who fought and died at the Battle of Ox Hill (Chantilly) on Sept. 1, 1862. The event begins at 1 p.m. at Battlefield Park, Monument Drive and West Ox Road, Fairfax. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, and Elizabeth Crowell of the Fairfax County Park Authority will speak. Musical renditions and song will be part of the program.

Information excerpted in part from the Civil War News, Tunbridge, VT 05077, by permission. Information for the calendar may be sent to civilwar@washingtontimes.com or by fax to 202/529-3298.

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