American Civil War Museum Annual Symposium Historians gather in Richmond, Virginia to present talks on the lives of ordinary Americans during the Civil War.

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    9:30 AM EST

    American Civil War Museum Annual Symposium, Opening Remarks

    Historians gathered in Richmond, Virginia, to present talks on the lives of ordinary Americans during the Civil War.

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    9:41 AM EST

    Civil War's Impact on Ordinary Americans

    Virginia Tech History Professor Emeritus James Robertson talked about the Civil War’s impact on ordinary civilians and soldiers. He is the author of Civil War Echoes: Voices from Virginia, 1860-1891 and many other award winning Civil War books. The Library of Virginia in Richmond, the American Civil War Museum, and the University of Virginia Center for Civil War History co-hosted this talk as part of their annual Civil War symposium.

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    10:52 AM EST

    Children and the Civil War

    University of Richmond professor Lauranett Lee discussed how children were affected during the Civil War era and compared this history to the continuing twenty-first century problem of war, children and refugees. This talk was part of the American Civil War Museum’s annual symposium co-hosted by the Library of Virginia in Richmond, the American Civil War Museum and the University of Virginia Center for Civil War History.

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    12:43 PM EST

    Divided Families in the Civil War

    Amy Murrell Taylor discussed how families coped with divided loyalties between the Union and Confederacy before, during and after the Civil War. She is the author of The Divided Family in Civil War America. The Library of Virginia in Richmond, the American Civil War Museum and the University of Virginia Center for Civil War History co-hosted this hour-long talk.

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    1:50 PM EST

    Hospital Workers in Civil War America

    Historian and author Jane Schultz discussed women who were Civil War hospital workers. She is the author of Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America.. The Library of Virginia in Richmond, the American Civil War Museum and the University of Virginia Center for Civil War History co-hosted this talk as part of an annual Civil War symposium.

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    3:00 PM EST

    Common Civil War Soldiers

    Historian and director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Peter Carmichael presented a talk titled, “Will the Real Common Civil War Soldier Please Stand Up.” The Library of Virginia in Richmond, the American Civil War Museum and the University of Virginia Center for Civil War History co-hosted this talk as part of their annual Civil War symposium.