Event dates and times are subject to change.

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    150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Columbus
    May 2 - 3

    As the American Civil War Sesquicentennial comes to a close, the National Civil War Naval Museum is hosting a reenactment of the Battle of Columbus, which is widely regarded as the last true battle of the Civil War. 

     

    As a Confederate industrial center second only to Richmond, Virginia in production during the war, Columbus, Georgia was the largest remaining supply center in the South.   On the afternoon of April 16, 1865, one week after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, General James Wilson’s 13,000 men (known as “Wilson’s Raiders”) entered the city of Girard, Alabama (now known as Phenix City), where the 3,500 men (mostly home guard and civilians) under Confederate General Howell Cobb were positioned in defense.  Union forces encountered little resistance at first, but this proved to be a trap. Finding the lower (more southerly) of two bridges into Columbus partially dismantled, they were forced to retreat and turn their focus to the upper bridge.  

     

    At 8 pm, just after nightfall, General Wilson ordered an attack on the upper bridge (the present day 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge).  Tremendous fighting ensued, and some 2 hours later, the Confederates were forced to retreat across the bridge into Columbus.  Attempts to burn the bridge failed and by 11 pm Wilson had made his way across the bridge and established a headquarters at the Mott House.  The next day, he ordered the destruction of all resources that could be used to aid the Confederacy, including the ironclad CSS Jackson.  The gunboat CSS Chattahoochee was scuttled to prevent its capture by the Union (today the remains of both ships are on display at the National Civil War Naval Museum).  By the end of the day, the city of Columbus was largely destroyed.  The number of those who died in the fighting is unknown.

     

    The two-day event will feature a reenactment of the battle, as well as living history encampments and live fire demonstrations.


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    150th Anniversary of the Battle of Columbus
    April 16 - 19, 2015
    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Columbus, the National Civil War Naval Museum is arranging for several special events over a four-day period.
     There will be a commemoration ceremony on the 14th Street Bridge the evening of Thursday, April 16th.  This date is the actual anniversary of the battle. Columbus Mayor Tomlinson  and Mayor Lowe of Phenix City, Alabama, will be present to make remarks, offer proclamations, and lay a wreath.  Author Charles Misulia has written the definitive account of the battle in a book entitled Columbus, Georgia, 1865 – The Last True Battle of the Civil War.  We are excited to announce that he will be on hand to make a few brief remarks.  The ceremony will be at 6:30 in the evening and should last for 30 - 45 minutes.  
     
    On the evening of Friday the 17th, Mr. Misulia will be at the Civil War Naval Museum for an author event.  He will be allotted about 45 minutes to speak about his book and research and then will be available to answer questions from the audience.
     
    We are also holding an Open House on April 17th, 18th, and 19th.  During those three days, admission to the Civil War Naval Museum is FREE!  All are welcome see what we do and get a taste of why Columbus is so historically important.  We will have several things on the docket for Saturday and Sunday, including meet-and-greets with numerous local authors and various programs.  Also during those two days, we will fire our original Civil War Naval cannon and draw names to give a lucky individual the opportunity to fire the gun.
     
    On the weekend of May 2nd & 3rd, there will be a living history encampment, live fire demonstrations, and a  battle reenactment.  

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    Columbus, Georgia Home School Week 2015
    February 9th to 13th, 2015
    Treat your kids to 5 days of education and fun with a dozen attractions and more than 20 educational programs offered! The programs will cover various subjects including history, science, the arts and more.