In just one month, Wilderness Road State Park will host a special Civil War Sesquicentennial event on Saturday, September 24, utilizing a partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, and the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (in association with Eastern National) headquartered in Kentucky. Highlighting this extraordinary event is first-person impersonations by Dennis Boggs, who will portray Abraham Lincoln and Phil McGourty as Jefferson Davis.
A Civil War 150 Legacy Project event will be held at the Karlan Mansion. The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia are partnering in the project to identify and locate original source materials in Virginia that are related to the Civil War and emancipation.
Materials may include letters, memoirs, pension materials, military passes, discharge papers, diaries, hand-drawn maps, and selected memorabilia and other Civil War era manuscripts. Of particular interest to the project are global and pacifist perspectives and the viewpoints of individual African Americans and women. Items must be owned by the individual presenting the materials for digitization.
The Library of Virginia is sending a team of archivists to scan privately-held manuscript material for inclusion on both the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission websites.
Also, living history encampments representing both the Union and Confederate soldiers will be presented at the Karlan Mansion, along with several noted Civil War book authors who will sign copies of their work.
The third, and final component of the Commemoration, will be the appearance of Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Boggs, and Jefferson Davis, portrayed by McGourty. These two opposing Civil War leaders will speak to the audience about their philosophy on war and enumerate reasons why the Civil War was fought. This format will consist of separate speaking times for each President, followed by a question and discussion segment and should prove to be unique, informative and enlightening.
For more information, please call the park office at (276) 445-3065.