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WINCHESTER, Va. – Twenty-nine interested parties gathered Aug. 23 for a second discussion on the proposed 150th Cycle of Civil War events.
The meeting was a follow-up to a March 21 conference coordinated by S. Chris Anders of the Chesapeake Volunteer Guard and attended by hobby leaders representing over 1,700 troops from New England to Ohio to North Carolina. "Each meeting sees the group growing as more organizations step up to the plate and take ownership of their hobby,” Anders said. “The group is quite diverse, but dedicated to make the 150th Cycle the best yet. I look forward to great things."
Topics broached at the August meeting included the updating/revision of the Common Sense Resolution, existing events on the Civil War sesquicentennial schedule, and proposed events for the five-year 150th Cycle being undertaken by this group.
Among the latter were Anders’ own “Return to Manassas” event in August, 2010, as well as tentative plans to revisit “Shenandoah ’62,” stage a civilian militia muster to start the 150th Cycle and then the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 2011, a larger-scale McDowell, the Battle of Antietam/South Mountain in 2012, the Battles of Chancellorsville and Mine Run in 2013, an Overland Campaign event on original ground, the Battles of Third Winchester and Monocacy in 2014 and the Battle of Sayler’s (Sailor’s) Creek in 2015. As plans move forward this list may expand.
Also addressed were the need to compile a manual of event mechanics, the division of responsibilities among the various groups involved in the cycle, and the land available for reenactments.
In the end, it was agreed that a website should be created for the sharing of event information among the group members as they work to solidify the events in the 150th Cycle.
The next 150th Cycle Meeting is scheduled for Nov. 21 (Remembrance Day) in Gettysburg, PA. If you would like to attend this meeting, or need more information, please e-mail Laurel Scott at email@example.com.