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Groups collaborate on Civil War observance

April 11, 2011
The Alpena News

In recognition of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, the Daughters of Union Soldiers of the Civil War, Besser Museum, Alpena County Library Special Collections, Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society, Civil War Guardians and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War have begun a collaborative initiative to recognize this important time in the nation's history.

The four-year recognition effort begins Tuesday, exactly 150 years after the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter near Charleston, S.C., on April 12-13, 1861, that started the Civil War. In conjunction with the sesquicentennial anniversary, this is what the various groups have planned:

From this information other sources can provide the places where veterans served and the battles in which they participated. The public is invited to contribute information. The draft roster will be revised to include public input and reposted for all to view.

The exhibit is expected to highlight the Civil War with a stand-out display of unique items. The exhibit is scheduled to open May 7 and run until Aug. 6.

Through the Special Collections department, people can access, which is an excellent online source for original Civil War documents that are searchable by people's names.

Donaldson previously had an unmarked gravesite for more than 70 years. This ceremony will be held in Lincoln on Sept 10. Following the ceremony there will be a gathering at a local park with Civil War era displays and educational presentations.



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