Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Civil War Sesquicentennial
150 years ago this week the Battle of Fort Sumter (April 12-14) became the opening engagement of the American Civil War. For more information about the Sesquicentennial celebrations go to: http://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary
The West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission website is: http://www.civilwar150.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Preston Williams, WV native, celebrates the state's independence of spirit in this article from the Washington Post will have you yearning for more information on our state's formation.
"West Virginia: The state that said no" by Preston Williams: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/west-virginia-the-state-that-said-no/2011/03/30/AFLxJrQD_story.html
The article by Mr. Williams quotes Joe Geiger, the Director of West Virginia Archives and History. Mr. Geiger presented a lecture at the Culture Center last year titled "A State of Convenience: The Creation of West Virginia." There is an online exhibit by the same name on the WV Culture and History website: http://www.wvculture.org/history/statehood/statehood.html
West Virginia Archives and History has also recently launched another online exhibit, "Child of the Rebellion: An Archives and History Sesquicentennial Project." Check out the "Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood."
Montani Semper Liberi