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The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

This year is the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, which began at Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia early on the morning of July 21, 1861.

The Smithsonian is honoring the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in numerous ways, some of them listed here:

Our official Civil War 150th web experience is located here and includes several online exhibitions, educational resources, and links to podcasts, events, blogs, and more.

We’ve also honored the occasion with a special Smithsonian Book – The Civil War – A Visual History.

We’re partnering with the Chautauqua Institution to bring you a week of Civil War programming with leading Civil War scholars at the historic campus in western New York State.

On our Journey through Hallowed Ground, follow the Civil War from Charlottesville to Gettysburg with Civil War expert Study Leader A. Wilson Greene, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Civil War Solider.

Join us next June for an exclusive tour of Civil War sites here in the Washington, DC, area on War Comes to Washington – 1862, where you’ll also discover the unique role the Smithsonian played during the War.

On a lighter note, vote for your favorite display of Civil War facial hair and learn more about the historic contestants in our contest.

Smithsonian Journeys on the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
Burnside Bridge runs over Antietam Creek, site of the battle of Antietam.

Burnside Bridge runs over Antietam Creek, site of the battle of Antietam.

This summer and fall, we have two unique Civil War tours to commemorate the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Civil War. Both tours are led by renowned historian and author A. Wilson Greene, who will explore the personalities, controversies and tensions that led to the Civil War. Click here for more details or read on…

From August 20-27 at Chautauqua, N.Y., Smithsonian participants can attend a sweeping survey of the Civil War—one of the most pivotal events in American history. Study Leader Greene will explore many of the core issues of the war: the events leading up to the conflicts, the resulting political and social upheavals, the plight of individual soldiers and the role of the great commanders and their strategies. Plus, he will examine whether the Civil War was an avoidable tragedy or an irrepressible conflict. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians Gordon Wood and Daniel Walker Howe will also be presenting at Chautauqua while we’re there.

Civil War lovers can also join Greene on our fall Journey through Hallowed Ground from September 13 – 18. This tour traces themes of American history along the “Old Carolina Road” from Charlottesville, Va., to Gettysburg, Pa. We’ll visit two presidential homes, including President Thomas Jefferson’s magnificent Monticello and James Madison’s newly restored mansion, Montpelier. Other highlights include Brandy Station Battlefield, site of the Civil War’s largest cavalry campaign,  Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield,  and finally Gettysburg.

Full details on both tours and an interview with the A. Wilson Greene can be found here.  

Bonus Link:

From Smithsonian Magazine – Who had the best Civil War facial hair? Click here to see photos and cast your vote today.