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Civil War event scheduled for US Army Heritage Education Center Oct. 1 in Carlisle PA

The Association of Mid-Atlantic Civil War Round Tables and the Camp Curtin Historical Society are co-sponsoring a unique Civil War event from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. There are three events in one – a museum exhibit, a living history encampment, and a special Civil War symposium with four nationally known speakers.

AHEC’s Visitor and Education Center is presenting an interesting Civil War exhibit, “A Great Civil War, 1861: The Union Dissolved,” with artifacts, displays, exhibits, and information on the first year of the American Civil War.

The living history encampment is entitled “Civil War 150: Entering Winter Camp.” After the summer and autumn campaigns of 1861, the opposing armies went into winter camps. On the grounds of AHEC will be a Union and Confederate winter campsite for visitors to browse and chat with the reenactors, as well as watch infantry, artillery, and cavalry displays of tactics and drills. There is also a large section with sutlers and exhibits from USAHEC’s collection, a Victorian Dance demonstration, a period baseball game, and much, much more.

The final event is the Civil War Symposium.
8:00-9:00 AM – Registration & Continental Breakfast, with fruit juices, pastry, yogurt, coffee, tea. During this time, the Visitor and Education Center exhibit, “A Great Civil War, 1861: The Union Dissolved,” will be open to AMART attendees (it will not open to the public until 9:00 AM).
9:15-10:15 AM – Dr. Richard J. Sommers, Senior Historian, Army Heritage Center, speaking on South-Central’s Celebrated Soldiers: Civil War Generals from Our Part of Pennsylvania
10:30-11:30 AM – Robert Lee Hodge, Civil War preservationist and historian, speaking on “Remembering The War of the Rebellion.”
11:30AM-1:45 PM – Lunch on your own from the food vendors at the living history encampment and an opportunity to see the demonstrations and special exhibits
1:45-2:45 PM – Scott L. Mingus, Sr., author of seven books on the Civil War, speaking on “Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Confederate Expedition to the Susquehanna River, June 1863.”
3:00-4:00 PM – Jeffry D. Wert, author of nine Civil War books, speaking on “The Army of Northern Virginia From the Seven Days to Gettysburg.”

Speakers will be selling and signing copies /cannonball/wp-admin/post.php?post=1052&action=editof their books!

This special 150th Anniversary of the Civil War symposium costs only $10 per person and includes the autograph session and food. Reservations must be made in advance. Special parking and seating will be available to pre-registered symposium attendees.

For more information or to register, contact James Schmick at 717-732-5115 or
Photos courtesy of Jim Schmick.