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  • ExConfederates and PostCivil War Pardons
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    Ex-Confederates and Post-Civil War Pardons

    Author and former jurist Frank Williams looked at the question facing Union leaders in the post-war era: Should ex-Confederates receive pardons? He discussed President Andrew Johnson’s lenient…

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    Rise to Greatness

    Author David Von Drehle talked about his book, Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year, in which he presents a history of the United States in 1862, the second…

    1,074 views
  • Civil War Era and Native Americans in the West
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    Civil War Era and Native Americans in the West

    A panel of historians discussed the treatment of Native Americans in the West during the Civil War Era. Topics included the Dakota War of 1862 and the mass hanging of 38 Dakota men, land…

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  • emA Fierce Gloryem
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    A Fierce Glory

    Justin Martin recounted the Battle of Antietam, which took place on September 17, 1862. It was the first Civil War conflict to take place in Union territory and resulted in the deaths of…

    332 views
  • Shermans March and American Memory
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    Sherman's March and American Memory

    Author Anne Sarah Rubin talked about her book, Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory. She described the path of Union General Sherman’s march through part of the…

    322 views
  • Women and African Americans at Gettysburg
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    Women and African Americans at Gettysburg

    Author Margaret Creighton talked about women and African Americans at Battle of Gettysburg and how their contributions are often overlooked in the memorial landscape. She described women…

    180 views
  • Women During the Civil War
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    Women During the Civil War

    Historian Catherine Clinton talked about the wide range of roles women took on during the Civil War. She also addressed what aspects of women’s lives during this era have been researched by…

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  • Fugitive Slave Act and Immigration
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    Fugitive Slave Act and Immigration

    Dickinson College History Professor Matthew Pinsker moderated a discussion on the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, which required free states to return runaway slaves. Panelists drew parallels between…

    333 views
  • Female Civil War Soldiers
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    Female Civil War Soldiers

    Public historians Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart explored the stories of women who defied cultural norms to fight in the Civil War. They also described women’s wartime work as nurses,…

    208 views
  • Myths About the Battle of Antietam
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    Myths About the Battle of Antietam

    Author Dennis Frye talked about his book, Antietam Shadows: Mystery, Myth & Machination. He described his research approach and gave examples of famous quotes about the battle that might…

    745 views
  • Soldiers Views of the Battle of Antietam
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    Soldiers' Views of the Battle of Antietam

    Keith Snyder from the Antietam National Battlefield shared personal accounts of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. Through letters, photographs and diary…

    327 views
  • Violence in Congress and the Civil War
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    Violence in Congress and the Civil War

    Joanne Freeman talked about her book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. She described the process of researching the topic and said she found that while…

    437 views
  • Veteran Reunions and Monuments at Antietam
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    Veteran Reunions and Monuments at Antietam

    Historian Caroline Janney talked about the monuments and dedication ceremonies at Antietam battlefield during the 1880s through the early 1900s. She argued that Union and Confederate…

    385 views
  • Debate Over Confederate Monuments
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    Debate Over Confederate Monuments

    Virginia Tech History Professor Emeritus James Robertson talked about the history of Confederate monuments. His talk was a part of a Civil War conference hosted by the Shenandoah Valley…

    4,846 views
  • Competing Memories of the Civil War
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    Competing Memories of the Civil War

    Caroline Janney is the author of Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation. She talked about the competing memories of the Civil War held by Unionists and…

    1,471 views
  • Confederate Monument Controversies
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    Confederate Monument Controversies

    American Civil War Museum CEO Christy Coleman looked at the controversies surrounding Confederate monuments. Her talk was a part of a Civil War conference hosted by the Shenandoah Valley…

    1,560 views
  • Confederate Battle Flag Debates
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    Confederate Battle Flag Debates

    John Coski is the author of The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem. He talked about debates over the battle flag as part of a Civil War conference hosted by the…

    1,196 views
  • Depictions of Violence at Antietam
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    Depictions of Violence at Antietam

    Historian Peter Carmichael talked about the various ways violence at the 1862 Battle of Antietam was depicted in photos, illustrations and letters. He describes the public reaction to…

    613 views
  • Ulysses S Grants Memoirs
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    Ulysses S. Grant's Memoirs

    A panel of scholars discusses the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. Their conversation is part of the annual summer conference hosted by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.

    1,081 views
  • Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham
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    Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham

    Janet Croon talked about the book The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham. Gresham was a 12-year-old boy from a wealthy slave-holding family in Georgia when he…

    961 views
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