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.