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  • Union General Ambrose Burnside
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    Union General Ambrose Burnside

    Historian Wilson Greene described Union General Ambrose Burnside’s life and career and argued that his unfavorable reputation is largely undeserved. He acknowledged Burnside’s mistakes during the battles at…

  • Liljenquist Civil War Photographs
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    Liljenquist Civil War Photographs

    Tom Liljenquist and his sons, Jason, Brandon, and Christian began collecting Civil War ambrotype and tintype photographs of ordinary soldiers in the mid-1990s. In 2010, the family donated more than 700…

  • emThe Real Custerem
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    The Real Custer

    James Robbins talked about his book, The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero, in which he recounts the life and military career of General George Custer. In his book, the author…

  • Lincoln Antietam and Emancipation
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    Lincoln, Antietam and Emancipation

    Professor William Harris talked about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War Battle of Antietam, and the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862.

  • Union General Don Carlos Buell
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    Union General Don Carlos Buell

    Author Stephen Engle described the military philosophy of Union General Don Carlos Buell and outlines some of the factors that have shaped his reputation. This talk was part of Pamplin Historical…

  • Union General John Bufords Gettysburg Defense
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    Union General John Buford's Gettysburg Defense

    Eric Wittenberg, author of The Devil’s to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg - A History and Walking Tour, talked about Union General John Buford’s Gettysburg defense. This talk was a part of a symposium…

  • Emerging Civil War Conference
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    Geneneral Stonewall Jackson's Stand at Second Manassas

    Dan Welch, co-author of The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863, talked about General Stonewall Jackson’s stand at the Battle of Second Manassas. This talk was a part of a…

  • Panel Discussion on Controversial Generals of the Civil War
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    Panel Discussion on Controversial Generals of the Civil War

    Historians answered audience questions about Civil War generals, including which ones have been the most loved and hated through history. They also talked about which generals had the best…

  • Symposium Looks at Controversial Generals in Civil War
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    Union General George McClellan

    Professor George Rable talked about Union General George McClellan, who commanded the Union Army of the Potomac in the early stages of the Civil War. Professor Rable talked about McClellan’s military…

  • Union General Benjamin Butler
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    Union General Benjamin Butler

    Professor Brian Matthew Jordan talked about Union General Benjamin Butler, who became known in the South as the “Beast” for his stern actions as military governor after the fall of New Orleans. Professor Jordan…

  • Confederate General John Bell Hood
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    Confederate General John Bell Hood

    Stephen Hood, author of John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General, talked about some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding the general. He discussed his access to John Bell…

  • Union General Joseph Hooker
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    Union General Joseph Hooker

    Historian John Hennessy talked about Union General Joseph Hooker, describing him as ambitious and aggressive on the battlefield, but also as one who tried to get ahead by diminishing the accomplishments of…

  • Confederate General Joseph Johnston
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    Confederate General Joseph Johnston

    Craig Symonds talked about the contemporary allies and enemies of Confederate General Joseph Johnston, highlighting his rocky relationship with Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This talk was part of…

  • Historical Context of Civil War Monuments
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    Historical Context of Civil War Monuments

    Panelists talked about the historical context in which Civil War monuments were constructed and what they came to symbolize.

  • 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…

  • Civil War Defenses Roundtable
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    Civil War Defenses Roundtable

    Historians explored the idea of “Civil War defenses” from a variety of angles. They talked about military defenses, generals who defended their reputations, and the inability of soldiers to defend…

  • Union General Lew Wallaces Monocacy Defense
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    Union General Lew Wallace's Monocacy Defense

    Ryan Quint, author of Determined to Stand and Fight: The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864, talked about Union General Lew Wallace’s Monocacy defense. This talk was a part of a symposium on the…

  • Fort Dakota
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    Fort Dakota

    Bill Hoskins talked about Fort Dakota and what life was like for soldiers at this distant military outpost. Fort Dakota was established by the U.S. Military in 1865 as tensions between American Indians and…

  • Battle of South Mountain
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    Battle of South Mountain

    Brian Matthew Jordan talked about the September 1862 Battle of South Mountain, fought during Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North and in the lead-up to the Battle of Antietam. He described General…

  • Conversation with Historian Allen Guelzo
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    Conversation with Historian Allen Guelzo

    Historian Gary Gallagher talked with Lincoln and Civil War scholar Allen Guelzo about his previous work on President Abraham Lincoln as well as his current project on Confederate General Robert…

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