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    Confederate Ambitions

    William Kurtz of the Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia hosted a discussion with authors Ann Tucker and Adrian Brettle about the Confederacy’s domestic and…

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    Cavalry at Gettysburg

    Bradley Gottfried, author of Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg, talked about the position of mounted units during the July 1863 campaign. The Gettysburg Heritage Center hosted this event…

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    Union Soldier John Rankin, Antietam and Gettysburg

    John Rankin joined the Union Army at age 18 and served three years in the Indiana 27th Infantry. After the Civil War, he published memoirs and newspaper columns recounting his experiences, whether about his fear…

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    Lives of Civil War African American Soldiers

    Elizabeth Varon and William Kurtz of the University of Virginia’s Nau Center for Civil War History discussed their digital project “Black Virginians in Blue,” which details the stories of…

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    Generals Grant and Lee Reconsidered

    To mark the 199th anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s birthday, the Grant Monument Association hosted a discussion about Grant and Lee’s legacy. Retired Generals David Petraeus, Dana Pittard…

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    Ulysses S. Grant's Post-Presidency Life and Memoirs

    Chris Mackowski is the author of Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. He talked about his book, which recounts Grant’s life post-presidency, including his…

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    Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation

    Civil War scholar Edna Greene Medford talked about Abraham Lincoln’s approach to abolishing slavery and examined views of emancipation in the North and South. This event was part of the the…

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    Juneteenth and Free Black Marriage

    Author Tera Hunter spoke with the co-editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era about the significance of Juneteenth and her book Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the…

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    Nat Turner's Rebellion

    Author Patrick Breen discussed his book, The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt, at the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute’s annual summer…

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    African Americans and the Union Army

    Oberlin College Professor Tamika Nunley detailed the reasons behind African Americans joining the Union Army during the Civil War and the important role they played in the war effort once they…

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    1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns and Medical Care

    Author Sarah Kay Bierle discussed the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns and Civil War medical care at that time. She noted both the Union and Confederacy had developed improved systems by that point in…

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    U.S. Colored Troops

    Some 180,000 African Americans -- both free and formerly enslaved -- served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. Steward Henderson told the story of these men who by the end of the…

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    Robert E. Lee and Battle of Chancellorsville

    Many historians consider the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville to be Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory. Facing a Union Army more than twice the size of his own, Lee divided his forces, sending General…

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    1864 Battle of Fort Harrison

    In September 1864, with his army stalemated in a siege at Petersburg, Virginia, Ulysses S. Grant approved of a plan by General Benjamin Butler to take two Union corps north of the James River for an attack…

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    Black Prisoners of War in the Confederacy

    Caroline Wood Newhall, a postdoctoral fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, discussed her research on black prisoners of war in the Confederacy. She talked about the…

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    Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War

    The Wisconsin Veterans Museum hosted a conversation with Jeff Kannel, author of Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War. Mr. Kannel described how he researched…

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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…

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    Library of Congress Civil War Manuscripts

    Michelle Krowl is a Civil War and Reconstruction specialist with the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. She talked about the library’s collection and shared illustrated letters home…

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    Civil War Violence

    Louisiana State University Professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean discussed violence in the Civil War. Mr. Sheehan-Dean is the author of The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War.…

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    Civil War Places

    Historians discussed locations they deemed significant to the story of the Civil War. This panel was part of the annual summer conference hosted by the Gettysburg College Civil War…

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