Newburgh Remembers

Newburgh Museum will host its fourth annual Newburgh Remembers on Friday, July 19, 2019 through Sunday, July 21, 2019. This year’s events focus more on the growth of families and homes of Newburgh as they lived during the era of the American Civil War.

In looking back on history, most of us see the period of the American Civil War as a dark bleak time for families where everything stopped in cities and towns from the impact of the war. While this was true in many areas, Newburgh was growing by leaps and bounds as a vibrant river port with numerous boats and barges delivering supplies and goods on a daily basis. The Town of Newburgh supported a growing population in the 1860’s.

Families were building new homes or adding onto their homes due to the prosperity occurring in this small river port town. Families were expanding and building new stores and warehouses along the Ohio River. Several new churches were established to support the spiritual growth of the citizens of Newburgh. Churches were established to support the spiritual growth of the citizens of Newburgh. Churches held Sunday picnics and ice cream socials to gather and meet the town folks. Families held Cotillions in their homes and Ladies Afternoon Teas were popular.

As families gathered for picnics and ice cream socials while men and boys loved playing the new game of baseball developed in 1839 by a young man from Cooperstown, New York that went onto become a Civil War hero. Baseball became America’s beloved national pastime. For the most part, the Civil War was being fought elsewhere and the day-to-day life for most Newburghians had not changed other than to be cautiously aware of Newburgh’s proximity to a Confederate state.

Newburgh is located in southwest Indiana along the Ohio River and across the river from Henderson, Kentucky. The possibility existed that trouble from the Confederates could arise. Newburgh like the state of Indiana belonged to and supported the Union. The Town of Newburgh stored guns and ammunition in a warehouse along the wharf and had a volunteer “Indiana Legion” which consisted of store owners, farmers and others who lived in and around Newburgh. The Legion could be summoned if the Confederates caused any trouble. As document in history, around lunch time on July 16, 1862 “Stovepipe Johnson’s Raid” occurred based on a ruse of canons aimed at Newburgh. For details read the full narrative of Johnson’s Raid on Newburgh in 1862.

Weekend Activities

Friday, July 19, 2019

Newburgh Museum presents “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”  Exhibit, Preservation Hall, State and Main Street, 11 am-3 pm. Donations appreciated.

Newburgh Remembers Cotillion Ball and Silent Auction, Rolling Hills Country Club, 1666 Old Plank Road

  • 5:00 pm  Social Hour and Introduction Presentation; Cash Bar
  • 6:00 pm  Dinner (Pork Loin) (Vegetarian Meal is Available with RSVP)
  • 7:00-9:00 pm  Dancing to Civil War Period Music

Ticket Cost:  $45 – RSVP by July 15, 2019. Tickets available at the Newburgh Museum 812-853-5045 or 812-598-5500 (Leanna) or purchased through Event Brite (click here)

Sponsored by: Commonwealth Engineering

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Newburgh Museum presents “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Exhibit, Preservation Hall, State and Main Street, 11 am-3 pm Donations appreciated.

Ladies Afternoon Civil War Tea, Preservation Hall, State and Main Street, 1:30 pm

Our special speaker: Elizabeth Van Lew, a Virginia plantation owner during the Civil War and a Union spy.  This event is sold out on Saturday only.

Food Sponsor: Mulberry Jeans

Other Sponsors: The Rug Gallery of Newburgh, Friends of Newburgh, Old National Bank and Newburgh Tax Service.

Ticket Cost: $20 each or $120 for a table of six. Tickets are available by calling Melissa at 812-457-7043 or Suzie at 812-490-4190.

Civil War Homes and Families of Newburgh, LaVeranda (East Water Street along Newburgh’s Riverfront)

  • 5:00 PM  Social Hour and Browse Pictorial Displays for Homes
  • 6:00 PM  Dinner Served  (from Edgewater) includes Lasagna, Salad & Desert
  • 7:00 PM  Presentation by John Dickerson about the properties and families

Ticket Cost:  $30; RSVP by July 16. Tickets are limited through the Museum at 812-853-5045, Leanna at 812-598-5500 or purchased through Event Brite by clicking here)

John Dickerson is a Secretary of the Interior qualified historian. He works as an Archaeologists and Architectural Historian for Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Newburgh Museum presents “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Exhibit, Preservation Hall, State and Main Streets, 11 am-3 pm Donations appreciated.

Ladies Afternoon Civil War Tea, Preservation Hall, State and Main Street, 1:30 pm

Our special speaker: Elizabeth Van Lew, a Virginia plantation owner during the Civil War and a Union spy.  This event is sold out on Saturday only.

Food Sponsor: Mulberry Jeans

Other Sponsors: The Rug Gallery of Newburgh, Friends of Newburgh, Old National Bank,  and Newburgh Tax Service.

Ticket Cost: $20 each or $120 for a table of six. Tickets are available by calling Melissa at 812-457-7043 or Suzie at 812-490-4190.