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    1864 Presidential Election

    Meg Thompson talked about the 1864 election between President Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan. She argued that President Lincoln was so unsure about his chances of…

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    Fall of Atlanta

    Steven Davis discusses the Civil War’s 1864 Atlanta Campaign and the roles of the four commanders who had the greatest impact on the Atlanta campaign: Confederates John Bell Hood and…

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    Battle of Trevilian Station

    Eric Wittenberg talked about the Battle of Trevilian Station, which took place in Virginia on June 11 and 12, 1864. Wittenberg explained how Union General Ulyssess S. Grant decided to send…

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    General James B. McPherson and the Army of the Tennessee

    Steven Wordworth, author of Nothing But Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861 - 1865, talked about the life and career of Union Civil War General James B. McPherson, commander of the…

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    Reconstruction and Civil Rights Eras

    Melvin Ely compared the participants, tactics, and lasting changes of the Reconstruction and Civil Rights eras. He spoke about many similarities and differences between the post-Civil…

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    Life of Winnie Davis

    Heath Hardage Lee talked about the life of Varina Anne “Winnie” Davis, daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Mr. Lee described Winnie’s life growing…

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    Battle of the Crater

    Kevin Levin, author of Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, talked about the importance of the U.S. Civil War battle. The Battle of the Crater took place on July 30,…

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    Battle of Fort Stevens 150th Anniversary

    Officials from the National Park Service and Washington, D.C., commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens, and talked about the battles significance and contributions…

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    Battle of the Crater 150th Anniversary

    Speakers at a National Park Service event at Petersburg National Battlefield commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Crater and honored the U.S. Colored Troops' role in the…

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    War Crimes Trial of Henry Wirz

    Paul Finkelman talked about the military trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate commander of Andersonville Prison, where approximately 13,000 Union prisoners died. The concept of war crimes…

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    Confederate General John Bell Hood

    Stephen Hood talks about his book, John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General, in which he looks at the military career, personal life, and legacy of…

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    Justice Holmes and the Civil War

    Panelists at the Supreme Court Historical Society talked about the impact of the Civil War on the life of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.  The 2014 Leon Silverman…

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    Desperate Engagement: Battlefield Tour

    Marc Leepson talked about his book Desperate Engagement: How a Little-Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History, published by Thomas Dunne…

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    1864 Overland Campaign

    Peter Carmichael and Gordon Rhea talked about the tactics of generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant during the 1864 Overland Campaign in Virginia, which included the Battle of the…

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    Civil War Prison Camps and Prisoners of War

    Eric Leonard talked about the rise of prison camps during the Civil War and the harsh life soldiers endured as prisoners of war. Mr. Leonard described how the prison camps were…

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    U.S. Colored Troops and the Battle of the Crater

    Emmanuel Dabney talked about the role of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War Battle of the Crater during the siege of Petersburg. After weeks of tunneling, on July 30, 1864, Union…

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    1864 Atlanta Campaign

    Professor Keith Bohannon talked about General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 1864 Atlanta campaign. In the summer of 1864, General Sherman marched south from Chattanooga into Georgia…

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    John Bell Hood’s Tennessee Campaign

    Professor Brian Craig Miller talked about Confederate General John Bell Hood’s Tennessee Campaign, also known as the Franklin-Nashville Campaign, a series of battles of the U.S. Civil…

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    Conclusion of the Overland Campaign

    Historians and officials from the National Park Service commemorated the conclusion of the Overland Campaign, which took place in Virginia in May and June of 1864. In keynote remarks, Civil…

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    Sand Creek Massacre

    Professor Ari Kelman talked about the Sand Creek Massacre. The attack took place on November 29, 1864 when members of the Colorado Territory militia attacked a Cheyenne and Arapaho…

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