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    Return of the Confederate Veteran

    Historians spoke about the return of Confederate veterans across the South after the end of the Civil War. They spoke at “Reconstruction and the Legacy of the War,” the 2016 summer…

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    Freed People's Refugee Camps

    Professor Abigail Cooper talked about what life would have been like in freed people’s refugee camps during and after the Civil War. Professor Cooper spoke at “Reconstruction and the Legacy of…

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    General Grant and the Continuing Civil War

    Professor Brooks Simpson talked about General Ulysses S. Grant’s career after the Civil War. Professor Simpson spoke at “Reconstruction and the Legacy of the War,” the 2016 summer…

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    Reconstruction in the North

    Professor Andrew Slap talked about the process of reconstruction in the North. Professor Slap spoke at “Reconstruction and the Legacy of the War,” the 2016 summer conference hosted by the…

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    Gettysburg College Civil War Institute Conference

    The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania hosted a conference on Reconstruction and the legacy of the Civil War. Authors, historians, and professors discussed topics such as refugee camps…

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    Panel Discussion on Civil War Photography

    Contributors discussed their book, Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War, edited by J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher. The book uses photographs to reveal new insights into the war.…

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    Civil War's End and Aftermath

    James McPherson spoke about his book, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, and the end of the Civil War. He also spoke about how the conflict was still relevant 150 years later. He spoke with Gettysburg…

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    Civil War in 1865

    Aaron Sheehan-Dean spoke on the events of the last months of the Civil War, the participants' experiences, and the post-war world. He discussed the perspectives of the white southerners, the black…

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    Surrender of the Confederacy

    Gary Gallagher talked about General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, the conclusion of the war, and the Confederate army’s perspective on the reasons for their defeat. “Robert E. Lee, the…

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    Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era

    William Blair talked about the response of Northerners to “traitors,” including extra-judicial actions that led to the modification of judicial practices and extended into Reconstruction practices. He is the…

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    Consequences of the Civil War

    Gregory Downs talked about the immediate period after Confederate surrender as an extension of wartime and through the lens of occupation. He is the author of After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of…

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    16th Connecticut Regiment's Final Year of War

    Lesley Gordon talked about the stories of common soldiers coming to terms with non-heroic roles. She is the author of A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War, about a defeated regiment, most of whose members…

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    Book Discussion on Sick from Freedom

    Jim Downs talked about his book Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction. “The Medical Crisis of Emancipation” was a program of the 35th annual…

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    Book Discussion on Lincoln and the Power of the Press

    Harold Holzer talked about his book Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion. “Lincoln and the Press: The Last Full Measure” was a program of the 35th annual summer conference of…

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    Book Discussion on Belligerent Muse

    Stephen Cushman talked about the Civil War writings of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, one of the subjects of his book, Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War.…

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    Book Discussion on U.S. Grant

    Joan Waugh talked about her book U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, concentrating on the aftermath of the Civil War. “'The Rebels Are Our Countrymen Again': U.S. Grant and the Meaning of…

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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 created and maintained,…

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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 with the goal of capturing Atlanta.…

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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 forces blew up a mine…

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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 Wilderness, the…

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