Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Web Resources for 150th Manassas

To help stay up to date on details and planning for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Manassas / Bull Run, here are a few links to bookmark.

Manassas Visitor's Center

Reneactment General Information

Info for reenactors

150th Manassas Facebook Page

Thursday, November 25, 2010

150th Manassas Registration

As part of the First Volunteer Brigade/First Federal Division, members of Birney's are coordinating with this organization as part of the military structure at Manassas. Please read this IMPORTANT information below.

Good day Gentlemen,

I hope this message finds you and your companies well. For those of you who could make it, thank you for making this past Remembrance Day a great one! I will have notes on the Brigade meeting completed and sent to our website soon.

Looking ahead to our schedule. The 150th Manassas event was discussed at the Brigade meeting and it was decided to make this one of our Brigade events for the year.

The event is being held July 23 and 24, 2011 on the Pageland Farm. From what we are hearing registration could be a problem if you wait too long to register.

No walk-ons will be allowed at this event.

The website states they will take registration until a sell out. If your company is going, please register as early as possible - in December or as early in January if you can.

Please also note, the registration is not considered complete until the event received and cashes your check.

When registering for USA Military Affiliation - use the check box for FIRST FEDERAL DIVISION.

Below is the link to the 150th reenactment of the first battle at Manassas.


I will send any other information as it becomes available.

Thank you all. A very happy Thanksgiving to the FVB.

Your obedient servant,
Doug Snyder
Brigade Clerk

Monday, November 22, 2010

Birney's Division 2011 Schedule of Events

For all of you who didn't make it to Gettysburg this past weekend for Remembrance Day, you probably missed the best weather this event has ever seen. The temperature was comfortable, sky was clear, and the sun made the colors on the battlefield all that more vivid.

The Annual Birney's Division Meeting was held Friday evening on the East side of town. General Baldwin visited with us and gave us the run-down on a special series of events to kick off the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War all during the month of April, 2011. This will conclude with a special event at Gettysburg with camps, activities and skirmishes on part of the actual battlefield.

The rest of the schedule was discussed and several new units were welcomed to the family.

Saturday morning started with our traditional Masonic ceremony at the Friend to a Friend monument near the National Cemetery. Thank you to Brother Captain Bill Andrews for organizing this.

Later in the day was the Gettysburg Remembrance Day parade ending on Cemetery Ridge. Thank you to all of the organization's members who turned out. Excellent job.

From there it was shopping and exploring the battlefield. Capt Van Meter lead a walk across Pickett's Charge so our folks could understand what the southern troops had to go through to reach the Union lines. I encourage all of you who have not done so, to take the time and make the walk at your next visit.

For your correspondent most exploration would be done on Sunday due to a sore foot encountered the day before. As luck would have it, I ran into Mike and Frank from History Channel's "American Pickers" on the streets of Gettysburg. Friendly guys. They are going to have an upcoming program on Civil War memorabilia.

I highly recommend that you try and get to Remembrance Day next November. For those of you who have never been, it is a great way to wrap up the season.

For a complete list of Birney's Division 2011 events, go to http://www.birneysdivision.org and visit the EVENTS SCHEDULE page.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Your Servant,

Christopher Smith, Lt. Col
2d Battalion

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Canton Museum of Art plans collaborative Civil War exhibition in Ohio

By Gary Brown
CantonRep.com staff writer

Think of the Civil War as a form of art.

A war that brought death and discord to a country a century and a half ago could — on its 150th anniversary — breathe life into the Canton-area arts community and foster a spirit of collaboration among those who dwell in it.

At the center of the local celebration of the sesquicentennial of the start of the “War Between the States” in 2011 will be the exhibition “A Nation Divided.” The exhibition at Canton Museum of Art will be part of a broader-based collaboration of several Northeast Ohio cultural agencies: Canton Museum of Art, Kent State University Press, Kent State University Museum and Western Reserve Historical Society.

Museum of Art Executive Director M.J. Albacete hopes the Civil War exhibition will draw in other Stark County cultural and historical groups.

The Civil War themed collaboration was born when Will Underwood of Kent State University Press approached Albacete about putting together an exhibition in conjunction with a collection of Civil War photographs and other graphic materials that KSU Press is publishing with Western Reserve Historical Society.

Read the rest of the story: http://www.cantonrep.com/news/x742803416/Canton-Museum-of-Art-plans-collaborative-Civil-War-exhibition