07 May 2007

The Stonewall Procession - Update & Reminder

May 11 - 13, 2007: Please join the Lynchburg Historical Foundation for a weekend of Civil War history packed with events for one and all. We start Friday evening with dinner at Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, Grand Lobby, Liberty University with nationally renowned Civil War artist Mort Kunstler and author Rod Gragg. Mr. Kunstler will unveil his Lynchburg print, Going Home, The Stonewall Procession, Lynchburg Va. May 13, 1863. The evening will start at 6:30 p.m.

, by Mort Kunstler, will be unveiled publicly for the first time and sold via a live auction.
Tickets - $55.00 – Limited Seating. The proceeds from the auction will benefit The National Civil War Chaplains Foundation.

Tickets are available at Dixie Outfitters, Madison Heights, 434-846-3006, The Framery on Memorial Ave. 434-846-2844 and Lynchburg Historical Foundation, 434-528-5353.

History in the Making

Saturday May 12, 2007
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mort Kunstler and Rod Gragg will be at the Depot Plaza for a print and book signing.

A portion of all sales will be donated by Dixie Outfitters and The Framery to the Foundation and the Museum. Can’t attend the signing? Order your print early. Dixie Outfitters and the Framery are taking orders now. Unframed prints are $225.00. Several prints have already been pre-sold.

11:00 a.m. Mayor Joan Foster will read a Proclamation and lay a wreath at the Confederate Monument at the top of Monument Terrace on Court Street.

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. bus tours to Historic Civil War Sites. Pick up station on Jefferson Street. Tour busses will go to the Packet Boat Marshall, Historic Sandusky, Old City Cemetery and Ft. Early. Sandusky will have a Stonewall Jackson Exhibit.

1:30 p.m. The grand finale memorial procession

Uniformed re-enactors, United Daughters of the Confederacy and civilians alike, will gather on Jefferson Street and follow the procession route when General Jackson’s body came through Lynchburg on the way to Lexington on the May 13, 1863. There will be a brief stop on Main Street, at Bailey-Spencer Hardware, the site of the First Presbyterian Church, where the Lynchburg Funeral was held. Excerpts from the funeral sermon will be read. The procession will end at the bottom of 9th Street where there will be a cannon fired and a twenty-one gun salute. If anyone would like to walk in the procession download the application here. There is a $15.00 fee per person to participate in the procession. We would love to see the streets lined with people and many in the procession. There are historic criteria to meet, so please go to our website for all information. Proceeds of this event will go directly to the Foundation.

There will be a Civil War Encampment with Lee’s Lieutenants and Longstreets Corp, Sutlers selling their wares, music. Amazement Square will sponsor children’s activities. Old City Cemetery will have their Antique Rose Festival and Historic Sandusky will sponsor a Jackson exhibit.

11:00 a.m. - Sunday the concluding event will be a church service at the encampment by the Re-enactors Mission for Jesus Christ. This service will be at Riverfront Park.

All in all a very historic and fun-filled weekend.

Be a part of the history. Please join us.


Jerry Fuhrman said...

Was Stonewall taken to Lexington (in part) via flatboat? I didn't know that.

Lawrence Underwood said...

I so wish we could be there.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Jerry: Yes, he was:

"Jackson’s funeral train departed Richmond on May 13 for Lynchburg.
All along the way, grief-stricken Virginians paid their last respects as they tearfully lined the tracks, the train winding its way through the hamlets and villages of Virginia’s war-ravaged countryside. Inside the train, in addition to Jackson’s immediate family, rode Sandie Pendleton, Hunter McGuire, Governor John Letcher, James Power Smith, Senator G. A. Henry of Tennessee, and the ever-present Jim Lewis. Arriving at Lynchburg at six-thirty that same evening, the funeral party met other dignitaries and made their way to the wharf on the James River. Here, Jackson’s casket was loaded onto the packet boat The Marshall, which arrived at
Lexington the next day, Thursday, May 14, as the sun was setting below the Allegheny Mountains."

From "Stonewall Jackson - The Black Man's Friend", page 158.