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Sherman's March to the Sea
Anne Sarah Rubin talked about Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea and the concept of “civilized war.” In November and December of 1864, General Sherman marched his troops from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia. According to Rubin, the destruction wrought along the way served as a precedent for the “total war” tactics of later conflicts. However, General Sherman established a code of conduct for his troops, which Professor Rubin argued gave the Union Army “moral cover” for their actions during the march.591 views
This was a portion of the 2014 Civil War Symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.
Constitutionality of the Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation is considered to be one of the most important documents in American history. Paul Finkelman spoke about Abraham Lincoln and the constitutionality of the proclamation. He responded to questions from members of the audience.683 views
“Constitutionalizing Freedom: Lincoln’s Road to Emancipation” was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society annual Spring Symposium “Emancipation During the Civil War,” which was held in the Congressional Auditorium in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.