Introduction by Dr. David Coles and Patrick A. Schroeder
Robert “Bert” Dunkerly, Victims of the Brown’s Island Explosion
The April 1863 explosion at the Brown's Island Laboratory in Richmond was the worst industrial accident in the Confederacy during the war. About fifty were killed, mostly teenage girls. While the cause of the accident has been well established, the fate of the victims has not. This talk will explore the details of the explosion and its aftermath, the fate of those who survived, and follow clues to track down the burial sites of the dead.
Elizabeth C. “Betsy” Dinger, “We should never have war like this again.” The Siege of Petersburg – Poplar Grove and the Stories the Cemeteries Tell.
The final resting place for those that died during the Siege of Petersburg and the Appomattox Campaign are in several cemeteries in and around Petersburg. Each one of those graves has a story to tell as does the cemetery itself This presentation will delve into some of those stories and also tell of the recent rehab of the National Cemetery at Poplar Grove.
Charles Johnson, English Artists: Secret Weapons of the Civil War
Two of the famous Civil War combat artists were both born in England. Alfred Waud, being probably the most famous, sketched of the Army of the Potomac throughout the war. The other is Frank Vizetelly who sketched images from across the South. Sketch artists were not only important for war time propaganda, but also captured moments that would have otherwise been lost.
Ronald S. “Ron” Coddington, Faces of Civil War Nurses
Northern and Southern women radiated patriotic fervor equal to their male counterparts during our Civil War. They contributed to the war effort in countless ways: forming charitable societies, becoming nurses, or even marching off to war as vivandières, or unofficial attachés to the regiments. This program will give insight into some of the women of all ages and walks of life who provided care during the war as nurses, aid workers, and vivandières. Their personal narratives are as unique as fingerprints: each provides a distinct entry point into the larger social history of the brutal and bloody conflict. Coddington uncovers the personal histories of each intrepid individual as well as their postwar stories. He also will explain how the bonds they formed continued long after the cessation of hostilities.