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  • 1850s Political Crisis
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    1850s Political Crisis

    The decade before the Civil War was a time of upheaval, comprise and sectional differences. A panel of historians looked at the political crisis of the 1850s and discussed the politicians…

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  • International Aspects of the Civil War
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    International Aspects of the Civil War

    While the Civil War was fought within the United States, the conflict had a global impact. A panel of historians talked about the international affairs of the federal government and the…

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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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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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  • Roundtable on Theaters of War
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    Roundtable on Theaters of War

    William Kurtz of the University of Virginia talked about General William Rosecrans' career, reputation and his clashes with superiors such as General Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of War Edwin…

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  • Civil War and Western Theater Tactics
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    Civil War and Western Theater Tactics

    University of Cincinnati Professor Christopher Phillips talked about the way tactics and ideologies from the Western Theater, such as guerrilla fighting, influenced other theaters of the…

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  • Union General William Rosecrans
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    Union General William Rosecrans

    William Kurtz of the University of Virginia talked about General William Rosecrans' career, reputation, and clashes with superiors such as General Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of War Edwin…

    570 views
  • Mark Twain and Civil War Memory
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    Mark Twain and Civil War Memory

    University of Virginia Professor Stephen Cushman described how the Civil War affected the life of Mark Twain. He analyzed some of Twain’s writings to look at how the author interpreted the…

    644 views
  • African Americans and the Union Army
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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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  • Comparing Civil War Theaters
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    Comparing Civil War Theaters

    Author and historian Gary Gallagher analyzed the differences between the three major Civil War theaters. He argued that the battles held in the Eastern Theater had the greatest political and…

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  • Jefferson Davis Confederate Adversaries
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    Jefferson Davis' Confederate Adversaries

    Virginia Tech Professor Paul Quigley talked about Jefferson Davis' political opponents in the South, including many governors who resented that he prioritized the Confederacy over the states.…

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  • Civil War Places
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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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  • 1864 Atlanta Campaign
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    1864 Atlanta Campaign

    Lincoln Memorial University Professor Earl Hess talked about the tactics, terrain, and trenches in the 1864 Atlanta campaign. This talk was part of the annual summer conference hosted by…

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  • Civil War and Emancipation
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    Civil War and Emancipation

    Historian Edward Ayers talked about his latest book, The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America. This talk was part of the annual summer conference…

    253 views
  • Civil War Letters
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    Civil War Letters

    University of Georgia Professor Stephen Berry discussed his work on the digital history project, “Private Voices,” which gathers, transcribes, and digitizes letters written during the Civil…

    222 views
  • Civil War Violence
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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.…

    321 views
  • Gettysburg National Military Park
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    Gettysburg National Military Park

    Oklahoma State University Professor Jennifer Murray talked about the historical evolution of the Gettysburg battlefield. Professor Murray is the author of On A Great Battlefield: The…

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  • John Browns Pikes
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    John Brown's Pikes

    West Virginia University Professor Jason Phillips talked about abolitionist John Brown and the pikes he had made for use in a planned slave insurrection. The talk was part of the Gettysburg…

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  • Civil War Artifacts
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    Civil War Artifacts

    Historians talked about artifacts of the Civil War at the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute’s annual summer conference.

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