Join us for the 150th Battle of Selma Re-enactment

April 23 – 26, 2015



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: The April 1865 Society, Inc.
November 12, 2014 Email:
Phone: 334-872-0901

to be erected in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Selma on Tuesday, November 25th.

SELMA, AL – To commemorate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Battle of Selma, the event’s official sponsor, The April 1865 Society, Inc. a [ 501(c) 3 ] charitable organization, will unveil the second in a series of Battle of Selma Historic Markers on Tuesday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m. at The Historic St. James Hotel located at 1200 Water Avenue in downtown Selma.

All April 1865 Society, Inc. members, Society Board, local officials and businesses that support the “Battle” every year are welcome to come to the unveiling.

“Our second marker tells two stories: first of the St. James Hotel serving as the headquarters of General J. H Wilson, whose occupation protected it from arson and looting of downtown that immediately followed the Battle of Selma. The second is of Benjamin Sterling Turner, former slave and self-made businessman, who managed this building, then known as The Gee House Hotel. After the war, Turner became a successful businessman, got involved in politics and later was elected as the first African American U.S. Representative from Alabama” said Chairman of the 1865 Society James Hammonds. “We are excited that the series of markers allows Selma’s history to be accessible to locals and visitors alike at any time, no pre-scheduled tour appointments necessary.”

This second marker shows the flexibility of the design to present many topics in Selma’s history. The QR codes, video, and map continue to be a part of one of the most advanced historic marker designs in the state. The first marker in the series, unveiled in July, is located at the entrance of the annual Battle of Selma Re-enactment site at #1 Satterfield Street in Selma.

The April 1865 Society plans for nine additional markers to be erected by the Battle of Selma Re-enactment event date of April 23-26, 2015.

The series of historic markers comes just in time for spring of 2015, which promises to be a high traffic time for Selma. March brings the 50th anniversary of the 1965 ‘Civil Rights Movement’ annual crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the 150th Anniversary of the 1865 Battle of Selma follows in April.

For those who would like to specifically help this Historic Marker Project, please email info@battleofselma or mail your marker donation to:

The April 1865 Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 807
Selma, Alabama, 36702


 150th Battle of Selma Re-enactment

April 23 – 26, 2015

U.S. Command has been accepted by the Alabama Division,

General Ken Sumner, Commanding

C.S. Command has been accepted by Cleburne’s Division,

General Joe Way, Commanding




The 150th Anniversary Battle of Selma T-Shirt You may contact us at to receive one by mail.





The United states Army, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment was hosted by the April 1865 Society February 28th at the site of the Annual Battle of Selma Re-enactment.  The “Red Knight Battalion” studies battle sites each year comparing tactics and strategies of the past with current practices.  This is the third year the 1st Battalion out of Ft. Benning, Georgia has ask for the expertise of the April 1865 Society in conducting its Staff Ride of the Battle of Selma.  This year they were treated with a Civil War Artillery demonstration by the members of the Jeff Davis Artillery.

Battle of Selma Grand Military Ball

Sponsored by

April 1865 Society, Inc

And its Members

The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Selma will continue to operate under the changes instituted in 2012.  The Ball will not only be open to our Re-enactor guest but will be open to the membership of the April 1865 Society, Inc. Below are some important points to remember about this year’s Ball:

NO BALL TICKETS WILL BE SOLD - In the past Sturdivant Hall sold tickets to the Ball to allow non-re-enactor guests, in period dress to attend the Ball. Sturdivant Hall Board decided in 2012 it could not sell these tickets.

MEMBERSHIP MAY ATTEND AT NO CHARGE – All members of the April 1865 Society, Inc , in good standing, may attend the ‘Ball’ at no extra charge. There will be a membership list at the door. The member must be on it to enter.

PERIOD DRESS IS STILL REQUIRED – Even if you are a current member, in good standing, members will only be allow to enter in ‘civilian period dress’. If someone in your party is not properly dressed they will not be allowed to enter.

Commemorative Glass – Society Members will also receive a commemorative glass at no charge.

Join the membership of April 1865 Society today!  To download a membership form, click here.

NPR at the Battle of Selma

Click on the link to listen to National Public Radio’s visit to the Battle of Selma this year. The story mentions how there are less re-enactors nationally every year, even though there is increased interest from the public during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War to see these events. Who will teach the next generation about the biggest conflict in our nation’s history?  Grab your tents, horse, a friend and come join us at the next Battle of Selma or re-enactment near you.


The artwork was done by Luis Acosta from the Wilkinson School in California after a recent demonstration by the Jeff Davis Artillery at the Battlefield in Selma.


2010 YouTube Video

 To See the “Battle Of Selma 2009″ Promotional Video click on: