OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE LINCOLN AT THE CROSSROADS ALLIANCE
The Sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac will take place on November 12, 2011. As the original review consisted of 70,000 Soldiers divided into seven marching divisions, the Sesquicentennial will consist of approximately 5,000 Soldiers/Civil War civilians and local citizen organizations divided into five marching divisions. Each marching division will be headed by a ceremonial detachment and marching band representing each of the five uniformed services (Army – Navy – Air Force – Marines – Coast Guard). The Parade will include a large contingent of active personnel from the U.S. Armed Forces.
The placement of the major public art work in the form of a bronze statue of President Lincoln at the Grand Review will be created by the world renowned sculptor of historical monuments, Ron Tunison, of Cairo, New York. You may view a page of images of the model here.
The Alliance will also facilitate the placement of Virginia Civil War Campaign Trail signs along Route 7 (between Alexandria and Falls Church, Virginia) and on Columbia Pike (between the Air Force Memorial and Annandale). The Alliance anticipates coordination with the jurisdictions of Alexandria City, Bailey’s Crossroads, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Annandale in the development and placement of these signs denoting activities directly connected to Lincoln’s Grand Review or other significant Civil War events. This objective would have an expected completion date of 2015 being the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
Bradley Schmehl will create the official painting of the Grand Review of 1861 and five other Civil War paintings by renowned Civil War artists will also be commissioned.
A handsome portfolio of the above six paintings enriched by period illustrations with a written text on each Northern Virginia community will be edited by professional military historian Kim B. Holien.
The Alliance with the sponsorship of BCRC and the Fairfax County History Commission presented An Evening with Mr. Lincoln, a performance by the renowned Lincoln portrayer Mr. James A. Getty, at The Kennedy Center, on June 11, 2009.
On February 5, 2011, the Alliance offered a free musical program entitled Abraham Lincoln’s Life in Music at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church of Northern Virginia’s Community Center, featuring author and pianist Elizabeth Smith Brownstein and violinist SMG Laura Knutson.
On February 11, 2011, with the co-sponsorship of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and in partnership with the Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Alliance held a symposium to commemorate the Washington Peace Convention held at the Willard Hotel in 1861. A commemorative Sesquicentennial bronze plaque was unveiled.
On November 11, 2011 during the day, a Symposium was held at Northern Virginia Community College/Alexandria Campus on the past, present and future of Baileys Crossroads. In the evening, a Grand Concert was held at the Schlesinger Center for the Performing Arts featuring music of the Civil War.
A Grand Ball was held for re-enactors and parade participants on November 11, 2011.
On November 12, 2011, at the Fort McNair Parade field, a reenactment was held to commemorate the 1861 Grand Review of the Union Army. This was the culmination of efforts of the Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance (LATCRA) and all the work that so many volunteers have accomplished to bring the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln's Grand Review to life.
Looking toward 2012
The LATCRA Board of Directors agreed to continue to seek funding for the Lincoln statue to be displayed in Bailey's Crossroads.
Potential programs may include an event in the Spring to coincide with the release of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln.
Additional items discussed at the Board of Directors meeting include creation of public programs, creating and filling a post of Executive Director, and continued fundraising.
Lincoln At The Cross Roads Alliance Newsletter
Progress and Plans
2009 was an exciting year for LATCRA and 2010 looks to be as exciting if not more so.
The year 2009 saw the LATCRA Website up and running (thanks to Dave and Linda Joswick). Our event at the Kennedy Center in June starring Jim Getty as President Lincoln and introducing Ron Tunison’s scale model of the Lincoln Statue was an outstanding success. So much so that a follow-up event is being planned later this year! (more on that in the following paragraph).
The incomparable Ed Bearss (retired Chief Historian of the National Park Service) has agreed to be the Grand Marshall for the Grand Review! Because of his vast knowledge and limitless energy in conducting Civil War tours for the Smithsonian he is sometimes referred to as ‘America’s Last Living Civil War Veteran’.
LATCRA participated in the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign and on April 1, 2010 will receive notice of its fundraising success. Several organizations endorsed LATCRA, first it was the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, followed by the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County History Commission, the Northern Virginia Association of Historians and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
This was followed in December by the announcement of Target Corporation that they would be donating the land along Route 7 for the placement of Ron Tunison’s monument. What wonderful news!!!
LATCRA submitted a grant application, under the sponsorship of Fairfax County to VDOT for the Beautification of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) between South George Mason Drive and Columbia Pike, to include the landscaping around Ron Tunison’s monument. Responses to grantees will be received in April.
In December the LATCRA met with the leadership of the Victorian Society of Falls Church to assist us in organizing a Grand Ball for re-enactors to be held on November 11, 2011, the day before the Grand Review and a Tea on November 19, 2011 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel to commemorate the writing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic the next day.
This is a most critical year for LATCRA! The hard work of the past two years needs to be complimented by the completion of goals as we move closer to November of 2011. This month the website will be updated and hopefully the Bailey’s Cross Roads historical tour will be completed.
We are in need of two more distinguished members for our Board of Directors so please think of people and bring them to Maria Elena’s attention.
Continued support needs to flow to Ron Tunison who along with his wonderful wife, Alice, continue to be big supporters of LATCRA.
As LATCRA looks down the calendar to the November 2011 reenactment of President Lincoln’s Grand Review we need to start to consider our approach to the local school systems and to the local civil and veteran’s associations to have them become partners with us in this grand endeavor. For the schools we will be looking at developing educational kits along the elementary, middle school and high school level. We also want to involve the various civic/service organizations in the greater Bailey’s Cross Roads area as well as all of the various veteran organizations in Northern Virginia and the Metro region. If you have any good ideas or know of persons to contact please send your suggestions to email@example.com.
Dr. Siegbert Schacknies is the inspiration for the Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance. Read more about Dr. Schacknies and his dream.
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”