In 1861, Christmas in Clarke County, Virginia was overshadowed by an increasingly bloody and bitter struggle that would come to be known as the American Civil War. On Saturday evening, over 75 people gathered to celebrate the joy of the holiday season and to remember a conflict that freed over four million enslaved Americans and continues to affect Clarke County even today.
“The American Civil War: A Community at the Crossroads,” written and produced by Clarke County resident Jesse Russell, is the first in a series of County events planned to coincide with a four-year long sesquicentennial recognition of the War-Between-the-States being sponsored state-wide by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Last night’s event included music, dramatic reading, Civil War artifacts and period food.
View video of the event here:
Michael Buckner – “The Agony of Secession” – watch?v=YyNRJMd8Pwg
Clifford Reynolds – “Sixty Two Clarke County Soldiers” – watch?v=MNl9QbrMLHw
Gary McGraw and Jim Buckner – “Ashokan Farewell” – watch?v=0w93n0Diy40
Adeela Al-Khalili – “Heart and Soul – The story of African Americans and America” – watch?v=wZtiw1rissA
Zion Baptist Sanctuary Choir – “Jesus, the Light of the World” – watch?v=ADj0EIgzQTw
Clarke County, Virginia – “Joy to the World” – watch?v=XH4aWy8E9uc