The sesquicentennial anniversary of the end of the Civil War is fast approaching and events throughout April are planned to commemorate the end of the war.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis arrived in Danville 150 years ago, on April 3, 1865. Davis and his party were guests of Maj. William T. Sutherlin while they awaited news about the fate of the Southern armies and wrote what would be his final proclamation on April 4.

On April 10, 1855, reliable word was received that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the previous day, and by 10 p.m., Davis and his party were on a train bound for Greensboro, North Carolina.

Danville officially surrendered to federal troops on April 27, after which, the Sutherins invited Union officers to dine in their home.

“Help us commemorate the end of the Civil War and Danville serving as the Last Capital of the Confederacy,” Cara Burton, executive director of the museum, said.

The Danville Public Library and Sons of Confederate Veterans also have events scheduled for the sesquicentennial celebration

 

Through May 17

Civil War Redux

» Pinhole photographs of Civil War re-enactments by Richmond photographer Willie Anne Wright, focused on camp scenes, historical personalities and war widows.

» Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 965 Main St., Danville.

» For more information, call the museum at (434) 793-5644

 

April 1-30

Civil War exhibit

» A special display on the first floor throughout the month as part of the library’s sesquicentennial events.

» Danville Public Library, 511 Patton St.

 

April 4

The Flight to freedom: The life of Jefferson Davis from a descendant’s viewpoint

» Bertram Hayes-Davis — great-great grandson of Confederate President Jefferson Davis — will present “The Life of Jefferson Davis from a Descendant’s Viewpoint” at Averett University’s Pritchett Auditorium on Mountain View Avenue, Danville.

»  2 p.m.

» Free to the public.

» For more information, call the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, (434) 793-5644

 

National Civil War Cemetery and Green Hill Cemetery tours

» Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 965 Main St., Danville.

» Free, but reservations are required.

» For more information, and to make reservations, call the museum at (434) 793-5644

 

Trolley tours of Danville Civil War sites

» Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 965 Main St., Danville.

» Free, but reservations are required.

» For more information, and to make reservations, call the museum at (434) 793-5644

 

Commemorative Dinner

» The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 965 Main St., Danville.

» From 5 to 8 p.m.

» Cocktails at 5 p.m. followed by dinner catered by Angela Blankenship. Guest of honor Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great grandson of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, will speak briefly.

» Tickets: $100, available at the museum or on its website, www.danvillemuseum.org.

» For more information, call the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, (434) 793-5644

 

Sesquicentennial Old South Ball

» Danville Community Market, hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

» From 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Concert by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, which recreates popular American music of the 1800s, with authentic instruments and period costumes.

» From 8:30 to 11 p.m.: Ball

» Cash bar

» Heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and more.

» Period costume preferred or semi-formal

 

April 7

Book review: “The Good Lord Bird”

» Written by James McBride, reviewed by Fred Motley.

» Noon

» Free

» The Danville Public Library, 511 Patton St.

 

April 8

Movie day at Danville Public Library

» 10 a.m. “Cold Mountain” (R)

» 1 p.m. “Glory” (R)

» 3 p.m. “The General” (silent movie)

» 511 Patton St.

» Free

 

April 9

Lost Confederate gold

» 6 p.m.

» The Danville Public Library, 511 Patton St.

» Guest speaker Larry Aaron will present “Lost Confederate gold.”

» Children can join by searching the library for hidden treasure.

» Free

 

April 11

Civil War-era crafts for children

» 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

» The Danville Public Library, 511 Patton St.

» Children will be introduced to crafts from the 1800s.

» Free

 

April 14

Book review: “A Volcano Beneath the Snow”

» Written by Albert Harrin, reviewed by Jamiah Pridgen.

» Noon

» The Danville Public Library, 511 Patton St.

» Free

 

April 18

Re-enactment of arrival of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Danville

» 1 p.m.

» Line the recreated route from the train station to the Sutherlin Mansion while the procession carrying Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the train station to the Sutherlin Mansion along Craghead, Loyal, South Ridge and Main streets.

» Part of the Danville Museum of Fine Art & History’s “History on the Lawn” series, it will include the carriage procession, with cavalry and re-enactors at the museum playing Davis reading his final proclamation from the steps of the mansion and other demonstrations.

» Free museum admission.

» National Cemetery tours available by reservation.

» For more information and tour reservations, call the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, (434) 793-5644

 

National Civil War Cemetery and Green Hill Cemetery tours

» Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 965 Main St., Danville.

» Free, but reservations are required.

» For more information, and to make reservations, call the museum at (434) 793-5644

 

Trolley tours of Danville Civil War sites

» Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 965 Main St., Danville.

» Free, but reservations are required.

» For more information, and to make reservations, call the museum at (434) 793-5644

 

April 18

Book Review: ‘Jefferson Davis’s Flight from Richmond’

» Noon

» The Danville Public Library, 511 Patton St.

» Written by John Stewart, reviewed by Joe King.

» Free

 

April 28

Book Review: ‘Race and Reunion’

» Noon

» The Danville Public Library, 511 Patton St.

» Review of "Race and Reunion" by David W. Blight. Reviewed by Katie Whitehead.

» Free

 

April 30

Civil War Letters

» 6:30 p.m.

» Presented by the Danville Historical Society at the Danville Public Library, 511 Patton St.

» Dramatic reading of letters Joseph Payne, a Pittsylvania County soldier during the Civil War, wrote home to his wife, Delphia, that reveal his war observations and longing to return home.

» Free

 

May 16-17

Sweet Eveline

» An original play being developed by Fred Motley, dramatizing the life of Civil War women. The vignettes are based on actual letters, bringing the struggles of these war-torn women to the stage.

» For more information, call the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, (434) 793-5644

 

May 22–Aug. 2

Mending of a Nation: Making of a Nation: Freedom and Civil Rights in post-Civil War Danville

» Exhibit at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 965 Main St., Danville, on the effect the 13th, 14th and 15th Constitutional amendments had on Danville — and the effect events in Danville had on Virginia — from the Civil War through the Civil Rights movement. It will include information about the Danville Riot of 1883.

» For more information call the museum at (434) 793-5644

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