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  • Soldier Remains at Manassas
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    Soldier Remains at Manassas

    Brandon Bies is the superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. He talked about the recent discovery and excavation of the remains of two Union soldiers and several…

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  • Edward Ayers on the Civil War
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    Edward Ayers on the Civil War

    Historian Edward Ayers analyzed the difference between history and memory and discussed the important role that scholarship plays in public history. He also examined how the American public…

    495 views
  • Recovering the USS Cairo
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    Recovering the USS Cairo

    In 1956, while working as a historian at Vicksburg National Military Park, Edwin Bearss set out to recover and preserve the USS Cairo, a Union warship sunk in 1862 during the Civil War. Mr.…

    481 views
  • Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
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    Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

    Jake Wynn is the director of interpretation at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum in Washington, D.C. He talked about the life of Clara Barton, whose work as a field nurse during the Civil War…

    77 views
  • Women Soldiers in the Civil War
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    Women Soldiers in the Civil War

    Historical interpreters told stories of some of the women who disguised themselves as young men and fought in the Civil War. They outlined how and why these women disguised themselves, the…

    664 views
  • Southern Unionists in the Civil War
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    Southern Unionists in the Civil War

    Elizabeth Varon, author of, Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War, talked about Southern Unionists during the Civil War. She described efforts to aid the Union by Richmond spy…

    550 views
  • Jon Meacham on the Civil War
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    Jon Meacham on the Civil War

    Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham talked about learning from history and how it can provide context for current events. He discussed his book, The Soul of America: The…

    776 views
  • Causes of the Civil War
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    Causes of the Civil War

    Paul Quigley examined the various reasons for the outbreak of the Civil War and showed artifacts from the period that represent some of the causes. Mr. Quigley is the editor of the book, The…

    462 views
  • Military History and the Civil War
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    Military History and the Civil War

    Virginia Commonwealth University professor Kathryn Shively discussed the role of military history in the modern study of the Civil War. She also talked about how analyzing different aspects of…

    437 views
  • African Americans and the Civil War
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    African Americans and the Civil War

    Cassandra Newby-Alexander talked about her book, “Standing on the Precipice of Change: Virginia’s African American Fighters in the Civil War.” She explained the term “contraband” - often used for…

    205 views
  • Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
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    Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

    Jake Wynn talked about the life of Clara Barton, whose work as a field nurse during the Civil War earned her the nickname “Angel of the Battlefield.” Mr. Wynn also discussed Barton’s…

    98 views
  • Photographs of Antietam Battlefield
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    Photographs of Antietam Battlefield

    Stephen Recker is creator of the book, Rare Images of Antietam - And the Photographers Who Took Them. Mr. Recker talked about how he became interested in collecting photographs of the…

    605 views
  • Abraham Lincoln Politics and the Supreme Court
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    Abraham Lincoln, Politics, and the Supreme Court

    Rhodes College Professor Timothy Huebner described how Abraham Lincoln changed the Supreme Court during his presidency. He also analyzed the question of whether Lincoln “packed the court.”…

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  • Creating the Lincoln Memorial
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    Creating the Lincoln Memorial

    The dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., took place in 1922, almost 60 years after Abraham Lincoln’s death. Harold Holzer talked about his book, Monument Man: The Life and Art…

    619 views
  • Women During the Civil War
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    Women During the Civil War

    A group of historians discussed the different ways women experienced the Civil War, depending on class, race and geography. They examined the relationship between Union generals and their…

    214 views
  • 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…

    492 views
  • 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…

    401 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…

    237 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…

    203 views
  • Bleeding Kansas and the Origins of the Civil War
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    Bleeding Kansas and the Origins of the Civil War

    Military history Professor Harry Laver argued that the 1856 battles in Kansas between abolitionists and pro-slavery forces marked the true beginning of the American Civil War. Professor…

    626 views
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