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Civil War committee wraps up five years of effort

The Mathews County Sesquicentennial Committee for the American Civil War wrapped up five years of effort Tuesday night with a presentation on its activities to county supervisors.

Committee chair Wallace Sterling said the local group received a coveted Sesquicentennial Leadership Award for its efforts from the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.

The committee also received a Certificate of Commendation from the Virginia General Assembly for its commitment, dedication and partnership with the state commission. Supervisor Jack White presented Sterling with that certificate during Tuesday’s meeting, which was held in the historic courthouse.

Over the past five years, the committee sponsored 35 separate events, said Sterling, including three multi-year events such as “War on the Water,” an exhibit presented to Thomas Hunter Middle School students during the school’s annual Chesapeake Bay Days. Six of the committee’s activities ha...

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