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    Confederate Boat Burners on the Mississippi

    Southern Utah University Professor Laura June Davis talked about Confederate boat burners and naval guerrilla action on the lower Mississippi River during the last years of the Civil War. She…

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    African Americans and Citizenship in the 19th Century

    Christopher Bonner spoke with the co-editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era about the his book Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship. He…

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    Union Veterans and 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign

    McCormick Civil War Institute director Jonathan Noyalas talked about how Union veterans of the 1864 Shenandoah campaign attempted to burnish their regimental legacies through writing…

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    Fort Monroe Casemate Museum

    Fort Monroe Casemate Museum director Robin Reed gave a tour showcasing the coastal Virginia fort’s history from the colonial era through its completion in 1834, and its role in the Civil…

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    A Worse Place Than Hell

    Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer John Matteson looked at how the Civil War’s 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg impacted the lives of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman,…

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    The Crooked Path to Abolition

    Civil War historian James Oakes examined how Abraham Lincoln thoughout his political career used the Constitution to abolish slavery. This was a virtual event hosted by the Massachusetts…

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    Process of Emancipation

    Author Joseph Reidy discussed how during the Civil War the emancipation process was often messy and nonlinear, rather than occurring at one moment or neatly tied to Lincoln’s proclamation. Among…

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    Sheridan's Ride in Art, Literature and Memory

    On October 19, 1864, General Philip Sheridan’s timely arrival at the Cedar Creek battlefield helped turn a Union retreat into a resounding victory, effectively ending Confederate resistance in the Shenandoah…

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    Paper Money in Antebellum America

    Joshua Greenberg discussed his book, Bank Notes and Shinplasters: The Rage for Paper Money in the Early Republic, which examines the design and use of paper money in the antebellum era. He…

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    Sex and Marriage During the Civil War

    At the annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment, C-SPAN visited a camp brothel in the living history village and spoke to reenactors about Victorian-era marriage expectations and…

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    Civil War Veterans and Opiate Addiction

    Jonathan Jones of Penn State University talked about widespread opiate addiction among Civil War veterans. He explained how prescribing opium and morphine -- common treatments used for wartime…

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    Civil War Soldiers' Nutrition and Hygiene

    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine hosted an online discussion with John Heckman, known as “The Tattooed Historian,” about Civil War soldiers' nutrition and hygiene. He described…

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    Role of Civil War Animals

    During the Civil War, animals served in a variety of roles, from transporting supplies to acting as regimental mascots. Brad Stone talked about General Lee’s hen, Jeff Davis the marching…

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    Confederate Cavalryman Thomas Wallace Colley

    Historian Michael Shaffer looked at the life of Thomas Wallace Colley, who served in the Confederate 1st Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. Using Colley’s voluminous journal entries and letters,…

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    Illinois Civil War Soldiers' Letters

    Mark Flotow’s book, In Their Letters, in Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home, features the writings of 165 troops from Abraham Lincoln’s home state and covers the war from…

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    Rebecca Wright - Union Spy in the Shenandoah

    In the fall of 1864, Union General Philip Sheridan sought information on the position and strength of Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley. Rebecca Wright, with the help of enslaved man…

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    Civil War-Era Women and Volunteerism

    Professor Judith Giesberg talked about the ways northern middle-class women volunteered during the Civil War. She focused on Louisa May Alcott’s time as Civil War nurse chronicled in her…

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    Teaching Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

    The Lincoln Forum hosted a discussion among current and former college professors on their approaches to teaching Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. Speakers included Craig Symonds of…

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    Abraham Lincoln and 1860-61 Presidential Transition

    Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election over three challengers with less than 40 percent of the popular vote and without a single electoral vote from a slave state. His transition to…

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    John Brown and Abraham Lincoln

    In October 1859 -- just 18 months before the first shots of the Civil War -- militant abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, hoping to arm the area’s…

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