Events: The Civil War and Abraham Lincoln

Monday, June 6: 7:30 p.m.
American Military Forum:  The Civil War and Southern Families

Kirk Jackson gives a presentation on the Southern Jackson family’s role in the Civil War and the war’s impact on their plantation, The Forks at Cypress, in Alabama.
Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
165 Whisconier Road (CT Route 25 & 133), Brookfield

Wednesday, June 15: 7:30 p.m.
The Death of Lincoln
Local author Thomas talks about his book, The Stealing Lincoln’s Body.  This is the true story of an Irish gang of counterfeiters’ hapless attempt to kidnap the body of Lincoln
Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
165 Whisconier Road (CT Route 25 & 133), Brookfield

Wednesday, July 6: 6:30 -8:00 p.m.
“The Gettysburg Chronicle” with Matthew Bartlett:  Author Talk
Matthew Bartlett, a Civil War aficionado and researcher, discusses his book series on the Battle of Gettysburg.  He will speak of the people, places, and incidents involved in this historical event.  Two volumes will be available for purchase and signing.
New Milford Public Library

Friday, July 8: 7:00 p.m.
Simply Lincoln
As our country’s president, Abraham Lincoln was put sorely to the test during the Civil War.  His skills as a consummate communicator is the focus of an historical re-enactment by Howard Wright, a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters.
The Brookfield Library

Sunday, July 10:  4 – 6 p.m.
Family Concert, Picnic and Hike featuring Music from the Civil War Era
The Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Sherman Historical Society, Sherman Library and Naromi Land Trust treat families to a concert featuring music from the Civil War era and a guided hike through adjoining trails.  Bring a picnic and a blanket.  Field opens at 3:30 p.m.
Sherman Town Center, Sherman Historical Society Cobbler Shop Field

Wednesday, July 13:  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Civil War Women:  Their Roles and Legacies
Performing in period costume, Trish Chambers tells the story of the world of Civil War women.  It was far more complex than knitting socks and baking bread.  Reservations suggested.  Call 203-312-5682 beginning June 29.
New Fairfield Free Public Library

Thursday, July 14:  7 – 8 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln, President of the People:  Perspectives from the Mason-Dixon Line
Paula Hopewell, a Brookfield resident and native Northern Kentuckian, discusses Lincoln’s character, the sources of his extraordinary compassion, and the influence that this border region had on him.
The Brookfield Library

Saturday, July 16:  1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Civil War Re-Enactor and Lecturer, Ralph Langham
Outfitted in an authentic Civil War uniform, Langham gives a stirring “conversational lecture.”  He talks of the causes that brought our nation to war and describes in detail his experiences as a re-enactor at the Battle of Manassas.  This is an intergenerational event.
New Fairfield Senior Center
33 CT Route 37 North

Wednesday, July 20: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
The Civil War Soldier:  His Daily Life
Marty Schmidt and Lenny Witrock, local re-enactors from the 11th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Company A, bring the typical day of a Civil War soldier to life:  what he ate, what he wore, where he slept and what his medical options were.
New Milford Public Library