In recognition of the last year of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Sue Greenhagen (Village of Morrisville Historian), Matthew Urtz (Madison County Historian) and Dot Willsey (23rd Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend committee member) are planning a Madison County Civil War Series of programs that feature New York State’s role in the Civil War with particular attention to Madison County’s connection to the War Between the States.
Called “The Banner County” in the mid-1800s because of its voting support of anti-slavery measures, Madison County was a hot-bed of activities that were critical to the outbreak of the war.
Sue Greenhagen will initiate the Madison County Civil War Series with her PowerPoint program on New York Connections to the Civil War at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 18 at Madison Hall, 100 East Main Street in Morrisville NY. Greenhagen will share interesting and little known facts about New York State’s contributions to the Civil War effort. Also on display will be interpretive panels from the New York State Museum’s eighteen month exhibit The Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War. These retired exhibit pieces are now at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterboro.
In recognition of the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864) Greenhagen will also present the October program in the Madison County Civil War Series. Greenhagen will describe the important role of the 114th New York State Volunteers from Chenango and Madison Counties in one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War. The location and date are to be announced.
A retired librarian from Morrisville State College, Greenhagen is a well-known and popular speaker around the state. Her informative and entertaining programs include PowerPoints, tours, and reenactments on Civil War subjects including military units and soldiers, cemeteries, monuments, the Loomis Gang, and genealogy. Her research and digitizing of Civil War documents are nationally respected through her website on New York State and the Civil War.
Future program planning for the Madison County Civil War Series includes The Role of the Erie Canal in the Civil War by Pamela Vittorio at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum in November, Lincoln’s Funeral Train in NYS in April 2015, Samuel Beckwith of Hamilton: Lincoln’s Telegrapher presented by Matt Urtz in May, Appomattox presented by Patrick Schroeder, Historian at Appomattox Court House, Saturday, June 13th at 7 p.m. in Peterboro, and The Loomis Gang in 1866 presented by Sue Greenhagen in 2016.