Civil War coming to the Morristown & Township Library

The odds are good that eventually it will stop snowing. And when that happens, the Morristown & Township Library will reopen its doors.

Civil War soldier stands as a sentinel over the Morristown Green, December 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Civil War soldier performs sentinel duty over the Morristown Green, December 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

And then the Civil War can get its due.

Their Memory Shall Never Fade: Morris County and the Civil War is a series of programs and an exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war between the states.

The presentation includes free lectures on Jan. 30 and Feb. 13, 2014, and an exhibition reception on March 13. See the war through the eyes of a stretcher-bearer and Paul Revere’s swashbuckling grandson.

The library is at One Miller Road in Morristown.

Here are more details.

FROM THE MORRISTOWN & TOWNSHIP LIBRARY:

MORRISTOWN, NJ—The History & Genealogy Center of the Morristown & Morris Township Library is putting on a series of lectures and an exhibit tied into the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The exhibition is titled “Their Memory Shall Never Fade: Morris County and the Civil War” and will be on display in the second level F.M. Kirby Gallery from March 10-May 11, 2014. The exhibit showcases items from the History Center’s collection of papers, photographs and other primary sources tied into the American conflict as well as items borrowed from collectors and enthusiasts. In conjunction, the History Center is hosting two lectures on Civil War history on Thursday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Feb. 13. An exhibition reception, including a meet and greet with the exhibition’s curators, will be held on Thursday, March 13. Special previews of the exhibit will be available on the program dates.

Refreshments will be served. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

Series Schedule:

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

“The Firsthand Account of Heyward Emmell: Witness to Battles and Treachery”

Featuring Jim Malcom

Heyward Emmell had a close-up view of the Civil War: As a stretcher-bearer.

Heyward Emmell had a close-up view of the Civil War: As a stretcher-bearer.

On October 1, 1861, nineteen-year-old Heyward Emmell joined the Civil War where he became an infantryman and later a stretcher bearer in the Ambulance Corps, where he witnessed and recorded virtually all the major events and battles of the Army of the Potomac from the Peninsula Campaign to Gettysburg to the Siege of Petersburg. Emmell’s account often documents aspects that are not reported in other Civil War diaries. He describes events such as attempts by Southern sympathizers to poison Union solders with arsenic laden cake, technologies employed such as observation balloons and trip-wire mines, and the wedding of a young lady to her Captain in the woods of northern Virginia.

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

“General Joseph Warren Revere: The Gothic Saga of Paul Revere’s Grandson”

Featuring William Chemerka

SAILOR, SWASHBUCKLER, SCOUNDREL?  Joseph Warren Revere, grandson of Paul Revere.

SAILOR. SWASHBUCKLER. SCOUNDREL? Joseph Warren Revere, grandson of Paul Revere.

Joseph Warren Revere, a grandson of the legendary Paul Revere, served in the U.S. Navy; circumnavigated the globe; raised the first American flag in Sonoma, California during the Mexican War; battled pirates, sharks, and Indians; searched for gold; had a scandalous affair; joined the Union Army and received a court-martial for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the Civil War. And then he began the fight of his life.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition Reception

Meet and greet with the exhibition curators

 

 

 



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