College Commemorates Civil War Anniversary with Lectures, Battle Reenactment, and More



Whether you’re a Yankee from the North or a Rebel from the South, join the battle march as Lone Star College-Montgomery celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with nine months of Civil War-themed events.

The celebration kicks off on Friday, September 7, at 2 p.m., with an insightful lecture on Colonel Edward E. Cross entitled “Aim High and Fire Low” given by Tracy Derks, professor of history at LSC-Montgomery. The lecture will be held in the Commons Building (Building A), is free, and open to the community.

“The Civil War is too important to go unnoticed,” said Livingston, professor of history at LSC-Montgomery and chair of the college’s recently established Civil War 150th Anniversary Commission. “The war and what it meant to the U.S. needs to be memorialized.”

The Civil War Commission is planning an entire campaign of events scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters, including monthly lectures, toy soldier combats, dinner/movie nights, discussion groups, readings of Abraham Lincoln’s famous speeches, an essay contest, fife lessons, a battle reenactment, and more.

“The lectures and other smaller events are the core of the celebration, but the high point is the reenactment,” said Livingston.

Under the command of Livingston, on Saturday, November 10, at 9 a.m., the Civil War Commission will host a 1/10 scale reenactment of the VI Corps’ forced march into Gettysburg, where according to Livingston, 15,000 men covered 35 miles in 18 hours.

“After our 3.5 mile march around campus, I will film our battle formation on the baseball field,” explained Livingston. “When the order is given, the whole corps will make a grand bayonet—or broomstick—charge!”

Additionally, Livingston and Derks will co-teach a Civil War-themed history course (HIST 2351) that will meet in the spring 2013 semester.

All events have been planned under the direction of the Civil War Commission, which includes Livingston and other LSC-Montgomery professors, advisors, administrators, and staff, as well as Melinda Cagle, Texas Historical Society; Renee Kernan, The Woodlands Civil War Roundtable; and Leonard Lockwood, 13th Regiment, U.S.A.

For more information and to view the entire list of events, visit https://sites.google.com/site/livingstonhomepage/civil-war-150th-anniversary.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

With 75,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.