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    Antietam National Battlefield Tour

    Historians Brooks Simpson and Mark Grimsley lead a group on a day-long tour of Antietam National Battlefield, the 1862 engagement that is considered the bloodiest single day in American…

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    Pickett's Charge

    Civil War historians talked about Confederate commander Robert E. Lee’s decision to order an assault on the Union center, often referred to as Pickett’s Charge, that took place…

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    Book Discussion on Fighting for the Confederacy

    Panelists discussed Confederate officer Edward Porter Alexander’s memoir, Fighting for the Confederacy, which he wrote in the 1890s about his experiences and observations during the…

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    Images of the Dead at Antietam

    Harvard history professor and author Megan Kate Nelson talked about the battlefield photography and illustrations made in the wake of the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862. Many of…

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    Emancipation and the Civil War

    President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago on September 22nd, 1862. It ordered the emancipation of all slaves in any Confederate state that did…

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    Career of Civil War Historian Bruce Catton

    Civil War author and historian David Blight talks about the career and influence of one of his predecessors in the field, Bruce Catton. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Catton researched…

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    The Battle of Ball's Bluff

    Historian Susannah Ural talked about the legacy of the Union’s loss at the October 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff near Leesburg, Virginia. Colonel Edward Dickinson Baker, the…

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    The Civil War in 1863

    Panelists talked about the state of the Civil War in 1863. They spoke about the cultural, political, and military perspectives on the war, and compared aspects of the conflict with more…

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    The Battle of Bull Run

    Military historian Ethan Rafuse provided an overview of the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861. He described military strategies employed by the North and South and examined how this battle…

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    Manassas Battlefield Tour

    National Park Service historian Ray Brown took a group from the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute conference on a day-long tour of Manassas National Battlefield Park. He gave…

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    Mark Grimsley's The Hard Hand of War

    Panelists discussed Mark Grimsley’s book, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865, which was the featured book of the 2012 Civil War Institute…

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    Overview of the Civil War in 1861

    Peter Carmichael gave an overview of the Civil War in 1861. He touched on the social, political and military components that led to the start of the war. He encouraged scholars to help…

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    West Virginia Campaigns of 1861

    A. Wilson Greene talked about the West Virginia campaigns in the summer and fall of 1861. He responded to questions from members of the audience.
    “The West Virginia Campaigns of…

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    The Confederate High Command After Manassas

    Historian Joseph Glatthaar talked about how the July 21, 1861, battle at Manassas transformed the relationships between members of the high command of the Confederate army. He…

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    Army Doctrine and Waging War in 1861

    Professor Wayne Wei-Sian Hsieh talked about the army doctrine employed by top generals in the Union and Confederate armies, and the resulting course of the war. 
    “Old Army…

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    150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson, and others spoke at an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg…

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    145th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

    Ken Burns was the featured speaker at an annual observation at Soldiers' National Cemetery of President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.” The ceremony marked the…

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    Biographies of Ulysses S. Grant

    The panelists discussed the life of Ulysses S. Grant. They answered questions about Grant from moderator James McPherson, himself a Civil War author, and then answered questions from…

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    Northern Enlistment During the Civil War

    Professor Tim Orr lectured on the enlistment practices of the Union forces, the lives of soldiers as they went off to battle, and the difficulties of communities in transitioning from peace…

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    Images of Generals McClellan and Lee

    Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation Chair Harold Holzer talks about the photographs, prints, and political cartoons featuring two of the war’s leading generals, George B. McClellan and…

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