Spend an evening with a Rebel soldier

Museum lecture will recognize end of Civil War

The Museum on Main will acknowledge the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War in "An Evening with A Rebel Soldier" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, at the Firehouse Arts Center.

The event is part of its Ed Kinney Lecture Series.

The Rebel soldier will be portrayed by Fred Rutledge in this one-man stage performance.

This spring is the sesquicentennial of the close of the Civil War in 1865. Also of note, the date of the performance of the "Rebel Soldier" will fall on April 21, 150 years to the day since rebel leader John Singleton Mosby disbanded his rangers, also known as Mosby's Men, in Salem, Va.

Rutledge will discuss the uniform, weaponry, training, medical care and daily life as a Confederate soldier at that time. Rutledge, a former history teacher, became interested in the Civil War while working at the Presidio in San Francisco and assisting in a military history class.

All Museum on Main lectures in the "An Evening with ..." series are general seating at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $10, general admission; $7, seniors 65 and older, and students; $5, museum members. Purchase tickets at, at the museum, or by calling 462-2766.

The Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St., open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Will he talk about why he chose to fight to keep slavery?

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

@ Truth - this does sound a little weird to do in this day and age what with the Fergusson MO protests and general mood of the country right now. The stars and bars flag has long been banished as a symbol of racism and that whole era is still sore spot for many.
I wonder how this would be received in East or West Oakland?

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