Agenda: August 2020 Events

Library of Congress
Battle of Wilson’s Creek

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in August? Below are some very good options. Keep checking back as we’ll update this list in the coming days.

Facebook Live – Medical Care at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek
Monday, August 10, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT
Facebook National Museum of Civil War Medicine Education Coordinator John Lustrea will lead a virtual talk about his research into medical care at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek on the 159th anniversary of the battle. Learn about how medical departments cared for the wounded and what lessons they took away. Send your questions in advance on Facebook or by email ([email protected]). Free.
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History Happy Hour: Beyond Shackles–The Fight for Freedom
Monday, August 10, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT
The American Civil War Museum virtual event In this virtual talk Wisteria Perry, Manager, Interpretation and Community Outreach, The Mariners’ Museum and Park, will discuss the lives of free African Americans. Some were abolitionists and spies, and some were part of the Underground Railroad. Others became the first African Americans to contribute and serve aboard the US Navy’s first ironclad, USS Monitor. Free.
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Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Mariners’ Museum and Park The Mariners’ Museum and Park will host the American Red Cross, which is facing a critical need for all blood types, especially type O and platelets, but donors of all blood types are always needed for ongoing patient care and emergencies. The need is more urgent than ever as there is no known end date in the fight against coronavirus. Save a life, give blood. Free.
For more information: Call 1-800-RED-CROSS; visit and enter “Mariners” to schedule an appointment; or register here

The Atlanta Campaign and the 1864 Election
Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m. EDT, CWRT Congress The 1864 presidential election was not one that the incumbent, Abraham Lincoln, thought he was going to win. In fact, Lincoln prepared a document to that effect and had his cabinet blindly sign it. War weariness, mounting casualties, and Copperhead fever had just about defeated Lincoln well before November balloting. And then something happened that changed all of that—Atlanta fell. Colonel Ed Lowe details the scene as he compares the downward trend of Lincoln’s fortunes and the retreat strategy employed by Joseph E. Johnston. Free, but donations are accepted.
Registration is required:
For more information: Mike Movius ([email protected])

One Vast Hospital – Civil War Walking Tour in Downtown Frederick
Saturday, August 15, 11 – 11:45 a.m.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Civil War Walking Tour in Downtown Frederick

Join NMCWM docent Brad Stone for a walking tour of Downtown Frederick that focuses on the city’s role as a makeshift hospital in the final months of 1862. In the aftermath of America’s bloodiest day at Antietam on September 17, 1862, over 8,000 wounded soldiers, Union and Confederate, were brought to makeshift hospital wards in Frederick’s churches, schools, hotels, and private homes. Many of those same buildings still make up the historic district today. Masks are required throughout the tour and we request that you practice strict social distancing. $15 per person, which includes walking tour and admission to museum galleries; free for members.
For more information: John Lustrea ([email protected])
Registration required:

2020 Emerging Civil War Virtual Symposium
Saturday, August 15
YouTube Anyone who has registered for the 2020 or 2021 ECW Symposium will receive an email with an exclusive access code to the Emerging Civil War YouTube virtual symposium. Six speakers will give digital presentations on the theme “The War in the East.” The one-day virtual symposium will go live on August 15, but you will have the ability to watch the videos at your leisure. Catch these videos weeks before they are released to the public. Purchase your tickets for the 2021 ECW Symposium before August 14, 2020, to get exclusive access to this virtual event. $155 per person.
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Library of Congress
Dr. Mary Walker

Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War
Thursday, August 27, 7 p.m. EDT, CWRT Congress Theresa Kaminski will virtually present a talk on Dr. Mary Walker, the only female recipient of the Medal of Honor. She received the honor in 1865 in recognition of her incomparable medical service rendered during the Civil War. Yet few people today know anything about the woman so well-known—even notorious—in her own lifetime.

Free, but donations are accepted.
Registration is required:
For more information: Mike Movius ([email protected])
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