Date: April 18 and 19, 2015 This event is designed to coordinate with the Civil War Sesquicentennial that is drawing go a close across the country in 2015. Charlotte had a little known but important part in the final days of the war. Our plan is to bring a few of those elements to life.
Scenario: In April 1865 the war has just ended. Charlotte is full of soldiers, transients, civilian residents, prisoners of war and refugees. It is a railroad center and industrial site that has well supported the war effort.
Rosedale’s prominence on N. Tryon Street makes it an inviting location for refugees to stop and camp. Dr. Caldwell, Rosedale’s owner, is deceased. His widow has taken their younger daughters and fled to her family in Rock Hill, S. C. Both of Caldwell’s sons served in the war effort. Younger son Baxter (age 27) is with NC 63rd in Virginia. Richmond has fallen and the whole south is on the move.
The farm has been rented in the absence of the family. Confederate President Jefferson Davis arrived in Charlotte April 18, 1865, and held meetings with his cabinet April 22 through 24. While on Tryon Street in Charlotte, Davis learned by telegram of Lincoln’s assassination. He continues to move south, and Charlotte is in a very unsettled state.
Invited groups: NC 13th, NC 28th, NC 30th, and the NC Militia/Home Guard, 30th NC Civilian Alliance, speakers, authors, medical demonstrations, site docents and local civilian impressionists.
Proposed Rosedale presentations
Tours of the Historic Rosedale home and gardens
General living history-refugees, cooking, laundry, child care, period fashions
General living history-Confederate military field hospital and care
General living history-soldiers returning home, encampment, prisoners and drills and a N.C. Militia/Home Guard presentation
Living history-A home in mourning. Presented in the mansion
Living History-Freed men and slaves in the city
Living History-Charlotte civilians and fashions, kid’s life
Living History- Outfitting Troops: Union vs. Confederate
Living History-Firearms demonstrations
Living History – Kids make “Poor Man’s candles”
Special Activities –
Ms. Nancy B. Brewer, local author, musician, story teller and lecturer will present music and excerpts from her ” Carolina Rain” series of historical fiction.
Michael Hardy, N.C Historian of the Year will speak on and his book “Civil War Charlotte and the Confederate naval Yard in Charlotte. Musicians.
Robert Hayes, Noted S.C. historian and lecturer will present his impression of President Jefferon Davis and will discuss the final Confederate Cabinet meeting in Charlotte after General Lee’s surrender and Davis’ flight south.
Ms. Kelly Hinson, Widely known for her War Between the States impressions and travelling lecture series, will present the life of Charlotte’s Anna Morris Jackson and her life with her husband T.J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
Food will be available for purchase on the grounds
For tickets visit… http://historicrosedale.org/events/36-Civil-War-in-Charlotte-The-End-of-The-Confederacy
And here’s the link to a clip video of last year’s event… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqw3_g4wpK4
Article by Walt Gaylor Photos by Very Allie Images