150th Civil War Anniversary

On November 26, 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman and thousands of troops advanced on the rural town of Sandersville, GA, leaving the devastation and charred ruins of Atlanta and the rural countryside in his wake along the infamous March to the Sea. By Gen. Sherman’s order, his army was permitted to openly and liberally pillage any area in which they met with hostility, burning buildings, and destroying livestock and crops.

Now, history will repeat itself on Nov. 7 County’s Civil War. Union and Confederate forces will once again collide, fighting in the streets along the historical route of the Federal Army, culminating in a skirmish on the Town Square. Gen. Sherman will be issuing orders, taking the town and making his headquarters at Confederate Captain William Gainer Brown’s home, now the Brown House Museum.

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington County Historical Society, and the 39 for a look back in history. A bus tour of Sherman’s March will kick off the events on Saturday, Oct. 25 Cemetery at 7 pm. on Saturday, Nov. 1 during The Great Conflict. The Grand Opening of the Civil War Art Exhibit by local artists begins at 4 pm. on Monday, Nov. 3 exhibit will feature works depicting events that occurred during Sherman’s Occupation in the county. Thursday Nov. 6 the Brown House, listening to Living Historians explain the way of life for both soldier and civilian during the 1860s.

Other activities on Saturday, Nov. 8 Regimental String Band at 9:15 am. on the Square, followed by a clash between Confederate and Union forces at 10 am. Narrations and historic vignettes based on written accounts by local citizens will give insight to the effects of war at home.

The event hosts are pleased to announce an historic first for our area and possibly, for the State of Georgia. Mr. Adam Adolphus will conduct the first Roll Call of Honor for African American Soldiers in Confederate Service from Washington County, based on his research in African­American genealogy studies.

The Brown House Museum will be open for tours from 11 am. to 5 pm. Period craft and military demonstrations will be held on the grounds. Food vendors will also be available. Later in the afternoon, a period style Ladies’ Afternoon Tea will be held at 4 pm. for ladies in authentic dress. Musical entertainment will be provided by the a cappella trio, Three Fold Chord. Mrs. Brenda Dobson will present “Substitutions during the War,” explaining the ingenuity of those impacted by the embargo.

The evening highlight will be the Blue/Gray Ball at Forest Grove Plantation from 8­10 pm. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $10.00 per person, and may be obtained by calling the Chamber of Commerce. Children are welcome and those under 6 years of age are free. Period attire or Sunday to formal attire are appropriate. Sunday morning, an open­air, non­denominational church service will be held at Forest Grove Plantation at 11 am with Rev Joey Young speaking. The Confederate and Union camps will be open for the public to tour. At 2 p.m. in the afternoon, a full complement of both Confederate and Union infantry, artillery and cavalry will meet on the battlefield in a display of 19 children under 6 are free. Gates open at 19 am. Make plans to join us for this historic national event. For more information, you may contact The Brown House Museum at 478­552­1965 or the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at 478­552­3288. Check out our websites at wacohistorical.org or 150thsandersville.org.