• 70°

Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium set for April 12-14

SALISBURY — The Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78, United Daughters of the Confederacy, has announced the slate of speakers for its 22nd annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium, to be held April 12-14.

Friday events will begin with a reception starting at 4 p.m. at Landmark Church, followed by lectures at 5 p.m. Historians Ed and Sue Curtis of Salisbury will present a slide presentation on the history of the prison, featuring images of the stockade buildings and some of the guards and prisoners.

Larry Hines of Raleigh, a descendant of Capt. Braxton Craven, the first prison commandant, will speak on Craven’s life and military career.

Dane Hartgrove of Salisbury, who is retired from the National Archives, will be the keynote speaker for the evening Friendship Banquet and will discuss the dedication of the Pennsylvania Monument at Salisbury National Cemetery in 1910.

Saturday’s lectures will begin at 10 a.m. in the Stanback Room of Rowan Public Library. Prisoner-of-war descendant Mike DuMont of South Carolina will talk about the daily life of prisoners and how it changed over the course of the prison’s existence.

Author Dan Barefoot of Lincolnton will speak about Col. John Hoke, who brought 700 N.C. Senior Reserves to the prison in October 1864 to serve as guards.

Author Martin Husk of Wake County will remember soldiers from the 111th New York Voluntary Infantry who were captured and sent to Salisbury. Virginia author Tom Perry’s  lecture will be on Col. William Palmer, who was an officer under Gen. George Stoneman when his troops occupied Salisbury in April 1865.

Sunday morning memorial services will be conducted for the Union and Confederate dead buried in the historic Salisbury National Cemetery at 10 a.m. and in the Old Lutheran Cemetery at 11 a.m. These services will be open to the public.

An afternoon tour of the prison site will be conducted for symposium registrants.

The symposium is open to anyone interested in Civil War history in general and the 1861-65 Salisbury military prison in particular.

The registration fee is $70 per person by Friday and $80 afterward. This includes seven historical lectures, plus the banquet meal on Friday evening, a light lunch on Saturday, and a short tour on Sunday.

Checks should be made to the Robert F. Hoke Chapter 78 UDC and mailed to P.O. Box 83, Salisbury, NC 28145-0083.

For more information, contact symposium chairperson Sue Curtis at 704-637-6411 or southpawsagain@gmail.com.

Comments

Health

Salisbury City Council will return to virtual meetings, require face masks in city buildings

Landis

Landis goes big with two helicopters for National Night Out

Local

Spencer and East Spencer join forces for National Night Out

Local

City Council approves Grants Landing development on Rowan Mill Road

Education

In lighter-than-usual year, RSS nutrition staff serve more than 100,000 summer meals

Nation/World

CDC issues new eviction ban for most of US through Oct. 3

Nation/World

Pushback challenges vaccination requirements at US colleges

News

More North Carolinians getting COVID shot amid Delta variant

Crime

Appeals court tosses China Grove man’s murder conviction, citing lack of evidence

Crime

Two men charged with robbing, killing Gold Hill woman

David Freeze

Day 8 for Freeze brings trooper, tunnel and more climbing

Education

Back to School: A message from RSS Superintendent Tony Watlington

Education

Salisbury’s colleges take different approaches to COVID-19 vaccinations

Coronavirus

Back to school: COVID-19 in RSS, K-12 schools

Local

Rowan County commissioners approve agreement for millions in opioid settlement funding

High School

Fall sports: Official practice begins

News

Nancy Stanback remembered for compassion, philanthropy

News

David Freeze: Finally a day that met expectations

Education

Back to School: Getting to know RSS schools

Education

Back to school: From public to charter, Faith Elementary won’t miss a beat

News

Threat of rising evictions looms in North Carolina

Nation/World

US hits 70% vaccination rate — a month late, amid a surge

Education

Turbyfill remembered for years working to help students

Local

Blotter: Shots fired when motorcycle club tries to kick member out