Civil War Trust is playing the “Long Game,” as they have all through the Sesquicentennial, as they look to 2015. On Friday, October 31, the Trust and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will hold a press conference to announce new preservation efforts at Sailor’s Creek and High Bridge. Efforts to preserve more of those battlefields happens right at the time our 150th-focused attention looks towards the Virginia Southside. (And, oh by the way, the Trust has now passed the 40,000 acres preserved mark… just four years after passing the 30,000 mark.)
April 2015 is not far off. For those of us who’ve taken the time to be “in the moment” for the 150ths, it’s time for some long range planning of our own. Not to overlook the actions at Petersburg and Richmond between now and March … but if I may offer a critique, those events need to get posted on the respective park websites! I know many will look at that first couple of weeks in April as an “anchor” in sesquicentennial plans.
And the trail is blazed well, thanks to long efforts to provide interpretation along the route of Lee’s Retreat. And there are plenty of resources to follow this campaign. So no excuses for this one!
Appomattox Court House NHP already has posted a list of events from April 8 to April 12, 2015. Links there also mention events in the county and the Museum of the Confederacy – Appomattox. I’m glad to see a number of real time events, to include printing paroles, listed. Such will be a bit less “battle” than at other 150th NPS events. But that’s the nuts and bolts history that I like. Walk us through the history, as it happened!
Still there’s a lot of space between Five Forks and Appomattox. I’m sure more events are planned for those opening days of April next year. Certainly a bus tour or two. If nothing else, just a drive through the Southside over those days, with Chris Calkins guide in hand, is attractive. Regardless, I plan to be out there every day I can. Maybe using a hashtag like #apmtx150?
Who’s with me?