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  • 1922 Marine Reenactment and Accident at Gettysburg
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    1922 Marine Reenactment and Accident at Gettysburg

    James Rada Jr. talked about his book, The Last to Fall, which chronicles the 1922 march of U.S. Marines from their base in Quantico, Virginia, to Pennsylvania to reenact the Civil War…

  • Union General Winfield Hancock at Gettysburg
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    Union General Winfield Hancock at Gettysburg

    Paul Bretzger talks about his book, Observing Hancock at Gettysburg: The General’s Leadership Through Eyewitness Accounts. Mr. Bretzger argued that General Winfield Scott Hancock was the…

  • Road to Appomattox
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    Road to Appomattox

    Ralph Peters talked about his book, Judgement at Appomattox, and described the last maneuvers of Generals Ulysses S. Grant Grant and Robert E. Lee, leading to the surrender of Lee’s…

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    American Ulysses

    Ronald White talked about his book, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. He spoke at the 17th annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

  • Abolitionists in Lawrence Kansas
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    Abolitionists in Lawrence, Kansas

    Robert Sutton talked about why New England abolitionists moved from New England to Kansas, their efforts to make Kansas a free-state, and their impact on the Civil War. Mr. Sutton is the…

  • Confederate Retreat from Gettysburg
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    Confederate Retreat from Gettysburg

    Joe Mieczkowski talked about how Confederate General Robert E. Lee maneuvered his army after the Battle of Gettysburg and Union General George Meade’s pursuit. He also described the…

  • Gettysburg History
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    Gettysburg History

    Ralph Siegel talked about different aspects of Gettysburg’s Civil War history. He spoke about a cannon on display, the background on some of the color guard monuments on the battlefield,…

  • Gettysburg Natives Who Fought for the South
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    Gettysburg Natives Who Fought for the South

    Tom McMillan talked about Gettysburg natives who fought for the Confederacy. He described the lives of five men who moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined local militias, and later…

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    Be Free or Die

    Cate Lineberry talked about her book Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero, in which she recalls the life of Robert Smalls, a former slave…

  • Researching and Writing Civil War Books
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    Researching and Writing Civil War Books

    Civil War authors talked about how they started writing about their topics, the process of researching, and some of the unexpected information they’ve discovered.

  • Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry
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    Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry

    Steven LaBarre talked about the Fifth Massachusetts Colored Cavalry in the Civil War. He described the background of some of the soldiers, the action they saw, and their lives after the…

  • Controversy over Civil War Monuments and Memorials
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    Controversy over Civil War Monuments and Memorials

    Christy Coleman talked about the controversies over Civil War monuments and memorials. Introductory remarks were made by S. Waite Rawls for the all-day symposium on the past, present, and future of Civil War monuments,…

  • Conversation with Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer
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    Conversation with Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer

    Abraham Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, author or editor of more than 50 books, talked about his career as a historian and his research. He also shared his views on current events linked to…

  • Cultural Heritage and Confederate Monuments
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    Cultural Heritage and Confederate Monuments

    Professor Scott Nesbit talked about historic preservation and the debate over southern cultural heritage sites, such as the tearing down or the relocation of Civil War monuments and markers…

  • Civil Wars Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days Battles
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    Civil War's Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days' Battles

    Professor Judkin Browning talked about the 1862 Civil War Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days' cattles. He reviewed Union General George McClellan’s failed attempt to take the Confederate…

  • Motivations of Civil War Soldiers
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    Motivations of Civil War Soldiers

    Christopher Hamner talked about the factors that motivated Union and Confederate soldiers during different periods of the Civil War. Hamner explained how things like patriotism, money, and ideology factored…

  • Discussion on the Civil Wars End and Aftermath
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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…

  • Civil WarEra Women and Volunteerism
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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…

  • Kentucky Old State Capitol
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    Kentucky Old State Capitol

    Leslie McWhorter gave a tour of the Old Capitol building in Frankfort. The Old State House was constructed from 1827 to 1830 to replace two previous structures on the site that had burned, the first in 1813…

  • Civil War World War I and Total War
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    Civil War, World War I, and "Total War"

    Professor Michael Neiberg talks about the Civil War, World War I, and the concept of “total war.” Professor Neiberg began by defining total war and then described parallels and differences between Civil War and…

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