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    Robert E. Lee and Battle of Chancellorsville

    Many historians consider the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville to be Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory. Facing a Union Army more than twice the size of his own, Lee divided his forces, sending General…

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    1864 Battle of Fort Harrison

    In September 1864, with his army stalemated in a siege at Petersburg, Virginia, Ulysses S. Grant approved of a plan by Gen. Benjamin Butler to take two Union corps north of the James River for an attack on…

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    Library of Congress Civil War Manuscripts

    Michelle Krowl is a Civil War and Reconstruction specialist with the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. She talked about the library’s collection and shared illustrated letters home…

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    Reflections on Civil War History

    Gary Gallagher has written or edited more than 30 books on Civil War history. His latest, The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis, collects more than 70 essays…

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    Civil War Violence

    Louisiana State University Professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean discussed violence in the Civil War. Mr. Sheehan-Dean is the author of The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War.…

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    Civil War Places

    Historians discussed locations they deemed significant to the story of the Civil War. This panel was part of the annual summer conference hosted by the Gettysburg College Civil War…

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    Lives of Civil War Veterans

    Brian Matthew Jordan and Evan Rothera are the co-editors of The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Civil War Veterans, a collection of essays by 15 scholars which the editors said they…

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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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    Slavery Depictions in Cinema

    Hampden-Sydney College Professor Matthew Hulbert looked at depictions of slavery in Hollywood films ranging from Birth of a Nation and Gone with the Wind to Django Unchained and Free State of…

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    Abraham Lincoln, Congress, and the Cabinet of 1862

    William Harris, author of Lincoln and Congress, talked about Abraham Lincoln, Congress and the Cabinet of 1862 at a day-long symposium on Abraham Lincoln’s life, career & legacy. The Abraham…

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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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    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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    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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