The Civil War in 1865 and Beyond
Gettysburg National Military Park Mid-Winter Lecture Series 2015
Today's Program: "Martyrs of the Race Course"- The Forgotten Decoration Day, with Dan Welch, Gettysburg Foundation.
On May 1, 1865, Union soldiers- some members of United States Colored Troops regiments, along with thousands of black men and women in Charleston, South Carolina, came together to honor Union dead of the late conflict. Confined in an outdoor racetrack turned prison outside of the city, nearly 300 Union soldiers had perished from illness and disease and were hastily and improperly buried. With the fall of Charleston to Union troops, numerous formerly enslaved peoples came to properly rebury these men and plan a ceremony in their honor to remember their sacrifice. Today, the origins of this first Decoration Day have largely been ignored and forgotten. Join Dan Welch, Gettysburg Foundation, in a look at one of the first and less covered events that were the genesis of today's Memorial Day.
This series of free, one-hour programs begins at 1:30 p.m., in one of the theaters at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Additional lectures will take place on weekends through March 8 and are free of charge. Full schedule available by calling 717-334-1124 x 8023 or by visiting www.nps.gov/gett