150th Soldiers, Sailors, Slaves and Civilians. Dr. Donald Stoker, Author The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War
Tours of Haunted Port Columbus, sponsored by: The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus
CSU Percussion Ensemble Featuring Crumb's The Winds of Destiny
The Civil War remains one of the most profound defining events in American history. At the cost of over 600,000 lives, the conflict ended slavery, defined the nature of the union and affected on a personal and tangible level every part of American society. As the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the war approaches, Americans have a unique opportunity to learn about, discuss and commemorate this pivotal conflict and its continuing relevance to our nation today. Across the nation over the next few years, a wide variety of governmental agencies, educational institutions, cultural heritage organizations and other private groups are planning a number of special events that will explore this important era in our nation's history.
The Chattahoochee River begins in the mountains of North Georgia and flows southward along the borders of Alabama and Georgia, separating the states. It is the main resource that binds the Chattahoochee Valley together as a region. Once considered a major source of transportation, today the river is valued more as a source of drinking water and recreation. The area referred to as the Chattahoochee Valley stretches from as far north as Atlanta, Georgia to the state of Florida. (Map) It encompasses the cities of Columbus, West Point, Hamilton, Lumpkin, Cusseta and Andersonville, Georgia as well as Phenix City, Eufaula and Opelika, Alabama, just to name a few. The River and the valley itself were of considerable strategic importance during the Atlanta Campaign and the Civil War.
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
The Chattahoochee Valley Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration will
seek to support a regional bi-state observance of the 150th anniversary
of the American Civil War in west central Georgia and east central Alabama
without making judgments about the actions and motivations of the people
who took part in the war; and that stresses the relevance and/or legacy
today by promoting local observances and acknowledging the impact the Civil
War has had on modern Georgia and Alabama. The commemoration shall achieve
this goal by:
~ Promoting a suitable regional* observance of the sesquicentennial of
the Civil War;
~ Promoting the development of programs, projects and activities focusing on the Civil War that have lasting educational value;
~ Sanctioning events within the region (re-enactments, symposia, etc.) that are appropriate observances of the Sesquicentennial;
~ Marketing of the commemoration to the general public;
~ Promoting publications and archival collections connected to the Civil War in west central Georgia and east central Alabama and advocating donations of materials to appropriate repositories;
~ Supporting efforts to teach and research Alabama and Georgia Civil War history in schools and universities; and
~ Supporting efforts to preserve and interpret the regions's Civil War sites and documentary heritage and artifacts.
*The region is defined as those organizations and activities within a 60 mile radius of Muscogee County, Georgia.
"I shall mourn for my country and for the welfare and progress of mankind. If the Union is dissolved and the Government disrupted, I shall return to my native State and share the miseries of my people, and, save in defense will draw my sword on none."
The Commemoration - a cooperative effort between the region's libraries, museums, historical sites, cultural institutions, educational institutions and government agencies - exists to develop and implement events, celebrations, activities and projects it considers most fitting and proper to honor the 150th Commemoration of the American Civil War. It does so by:
~ Promoting a suitable regional observance of the sesquicentennial of the
~ Assisting qualified local organizations with creating programs and activities suitable for the sesquicentennial observance;
~ Assisting in ensuring that any observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War is inclusive and appropriately recognizes the experiences and points of view of all people affected by the Civil War;
~ Promoting the development of programs, projects and activities focusing on the Civil War that has lasting educational value;
~ Planning, developing and executing programs and activities appropriate to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War era and encourage the development of programs that ensure the commemoration results in a positive legacy and has long-term public benefits;
~ Encouraging interdisciplinary examination of the Civil War;
~ Facilitating Civil War-related activities throughout the region;
~ Encouraging civil, historical, educational, economic and other organizations across the region to organize and participate in activities to expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of the Civil War; and
~ Providing, when possible, technical assistance to local organizations and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
"An army to be useful must be a unit, and out of this has grown the saying, attributed to Napoleon, but doubtless spoken before the days of Alexander, that an army with an inefficient commander was better than one with two able heads."
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