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Meade Society Symposium

16th Annual Meade Society Symposium: “Meade & Grant – The Virginia Campaigns of 1864”

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 12 Noon – 5PM

Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Featuring noted historians Ralph Peters and Tom Huntington, other speakers, and authors on General Meade and the Civil War, as well as books, prints and raffles. Cost: $40 per person including registration; luncheon & refreshments.

Contact: Jerry McCormick, 215-848-7753,

Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony

Annual Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony, Saturday, February 22, 2014

Corner of 6th & Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA at 11 AM

Honoring the great Black civil rights and military leader. Wreath-Laying ceremony. All military units, period civilians, veterans, and heritage groups are encouraged to participate. Colors, wreaths, and music encouraged.

Pennsylvania National Guard Award Ceremony to follow at 1:00pm in the Union League for the Major Catto Medal Awards Ceremony

Temple University Black History Conference

Annual Temple University Black History Conference: Equal Rights, War and Emancipation, Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Civil War & Emancipation Studies at Temple University (CWEST) sponsors the annual Black History Conference at 3:00pm in Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall, on 12th St & Cecil B. Moore Ave on Main Campus of Temple University.

Free & Open to the public. Speakers; books; discussion; displays.

Lincoln Symposium

Abraham Lincoln Institute and Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C. Present the Seventeenth Annual Symposium – March 22, 2014: “The Latest in Lincoln Scholarship”

Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Institute of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc.

The 2014 Symposium will be held at the National Archives II, College Park, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C.

March 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
8601 Adelphi Rd
Adelphi, Maryland 20783

Registration Opens February 1, 2014.

Presenters Include
• Fred Martin
• Rich Lowry
• John David Smith
• John Fabian Witt
• Joshua Zeitz

Neshaminy Civil War Reenactment

25th Annual Neshaminy Civil War Reenactment, April 5-6, 2014

The Wilderness Campaign – 1864: Living History and Battle Reenactment

Neshaminy State Park, Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Camps open 9AM. Battles at 2:00pm on Saturday and 1:30pm on Sunday

  • Many authentic military and civilian participants are expected
  • Visit both Union and Confederate camps where troops demonstrate military and camp scenes and discuss aspects of Civil War history
  • See troops drilling, mounted cavalry, artillery
  • Living history presentations, period music
  • Sutlers’ tent village selling period items, jewelry, crafts, military items, souvenirs etc.
  • Food vendors plus picnic facilities
  • Parking lots close to all of the action
  • Fun and educational for every member of the family
  • Free Admission and Free Parking!

Near Street Road Exit of I-95
For directions and information about the park:


Co-sponsored by: The 28th PA Regiment, First Division, Army of Northern Virginia, The Historical Society of Bensalem Township, The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library, the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table, Neshaminy State Park, and Waste Management, Inc.

Information: call (267) 968-4809; or e-mail:


Memorial Day at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Memorial Day Observed at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Sunday, May 25, 2014

Special Event: Dedication of the Silent Sentry Soldiers’ Home Monument

Recreating Original G.A.R. Decoration Day Service of 1868: The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend and participate in the ceremony.

Laurel Hill is the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia on this date in 1868.

Special bronze veterans’ markers will be dedicated at the graves of veterans. Speakers, ceremonies and pageant will highlight this special ceremony. Afterwards the entourage will gather at the grave of General Meade, hero of Gettysburg to perform the traditional service to honor all veterans who fell defending the Nation. Wreath-laying, speeches, music and honor guards will enhance the ceremony.

Historical groups, veterans, and citizens are urged to participate. Wreaths, military contingents, color guards, music and period civilians are encouraged to participate.

Refreshments served after the ceremony. Tours of the historic cemetery available.

Co-sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia; Friends of Laurel Hill; American Legion Post #405; Post #1 Society, Union League; Anna M. Ross Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans. For information, call: 215-228-8200

General Hancock Fundraiser

Winfield Scott Hancock (Wikipedia)

We’re writing to ask your support in a critical local historical preservation effort. The Old Baldy Civil War Round Table is supporting the Historical Society of Montgomery County in their effort to preserve the General Winfield Scott Hancock Mausoleum at the Montgomery Cemetery in West Norriton, Pennsylvania. The mausoleum is in dire need of granite roof repairs. The Historical Society has budgeted $34,000 for the repairs but contractor quotes require an additional $7,000 to complete the project. We are seeking monetary donations to raise the needed funds and have asked our Vice President, Bob Russo to oversee this endeavor. Please click the Gen Hancock Fundraiser link below for additional details and a donation form. If you have questions about the project you can contact the Historical Society directly at 610-272-0297 or Bob Russo at 856-424-2155.

Gen Hancock Fundraiser

Roebling Museum Event, June 22-23

There will be a new exhibit and Civil War history demonstration at the Roebling Museum, “Steadfast under Fire,” in honor of the Gettysburg sesquicentennial, June 22-23, 2013.

Roebling museum