President's Day Event Planned At Sailors Creek

Published 2:50 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Abraham Lincoln's role and actions during the Appomattox Campaign in the spring of 1865 will be related and examined in a President's Day Colloquium presented and moderated by Chief Ranger Sam Wilson, Jr. at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park visitor center on Feb. 20, 1-3 p.m.

His presentation, with a follow up discussion period, is one of several venues planned by the park's staff for that afternoon.

Other activities, for school-age children, 6-10, will feature story telling, crafts, games and more-all on the theme of Abraham Lincoln, his life and presidency.

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The public is invited to this free event, and is asked to bring lawn chairs to facilitate seating at the new visitor center.

This event is Number 5 in the 25-event American Civil War history education series program being offered by the park throughout 2012. Participants should bring their program stamp book to authenticate attendance or pick up one up at the visitor center to begin recording participation for end of the year award and recognition.

The purpose of Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park (headquartered at 6541 Saylers Creek Road, Rice) is to preserve the cultural landscape as it was in 1865, and to provide historic setting to tell the story of the last major battle of the Civil War in Virginia, before the surrender of Robert E. Lee's Army at Appomattox Courthouse, and its impact on the citizens of Southside Virginia.

For more information contact the Sailor's Creek Battlefield visitor center at 804-561-7510 or email at