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    Historian John Bachelder and Gettysburg

    Scott Hartwig talked about John Bachelder, the leading historian of the Battle of Gettysburg in the late-19th century, who worked doggedly to preserve and accurately mark the battlefield…

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    Civil War Battle Tactics

    David Powell talked about Civil War-era military theories, battle tactics, and formations. He described what military manuals were used and what changes were adopted over the course of the war. This…

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    Reconstruction Era and Historic Sites

    Panelists talked about the relationship between historical sites and the Reconstruction. The panel included a history professor, National Park Service historian, and park ranger, each…

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    Military Lessons from the Civil War

    Professors Christian Keller, Jennifer Murray, and Ian Isherwood spoke about military lessons learned from the U.S. Civil War. Professors Keller and Murray both spoke about how the events of…

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    Reconstruction and Southern Women

    Scholars talked about perceptions of women, both white and black, at the end of the Civil War and during the Reconstruction era. Topics included how movies such as Gone with the Wind and…

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    Chatham Manor

    Donald Pfanz spoke about Chatham Manor, the only known house in the U.S. visited by both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Built in 1771 by William Fitzhugh, it was a Union…

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    Emancipation Legacy in Photos

    Professor Barbara Krauthamer talked about using photography to chart the history of American slavery, both before and after emancipation. Professor Krauthamer discussed the “legacy of…

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    Origins of the Lost Cause

    Historians talked about the role of Jubal Early and John B. Gordon in the origins of the “Lost Cause.” They spoke at “Reconstruction and the Legacy of the War,” the 2016 summer conference…

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    Battle Over Reconstruction

    Mark Summers talked about the political battles surrounding Reconstruction and how the era has been understood through history. Mr. Summers used political cartoons, newspaper headlines, and…

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    Confederate Defeat and Southern Honor

    David Silkenat spoke about the Confederate defeat at the end of the Civil War and the idea of Southern “honor.” Mr. Silkenat explained how generals, politicians, and citizens in the North…

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    Return of the Confederate Veteran

    Historians spoke about the return of Confederate veterans across the South after the end of the Civil War. They spoke at “Reconstruction and the Legacy of the War,” the 2016 summer…

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    Battle of Fredericksburg Reenactment

    Following footage of a re-enactment of a river crossing under fire, and urban combat in the city streets, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefield Park Historian Frank O’Reilly talked…

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    1866 Memphis Massacre

    Historians talked about race relations in post-Civil War Memphis and the lives of freed blacks in the city both before and after the 1866 riot that resulted in the massacre of dozens of…

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    1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign

    Jeffry Wert talked about the Confederate and Union generals who engaged in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He spoke about how the commanding generals in the region, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, viewed…

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    General Sherman's March to the Sea

    Todd Groce talked about Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s background, his “March to the Sea” campaign, and how General Sherman is remembered. He described Sherman’s method as “hard war” rather than total…

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    Myth of the Lost Cause

    Edward Bonekemper talked about his book The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, in which he examines post-war arguments made by former…

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    Radicalization of Reconstruction

    Historians talked about the ways society was fundamentally different after the Civil War. They described the importance of community organizing for freed blacks in the South, the role of…

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    Freed People's Refugee Camps

    Professor Abigail Cooper talked about what life would have been like in freed people’s refugee camps during and after the Civil War. Professor Cooper spoke at “Reconstruction and the Legacy of…

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    Land Use During Reconstruction

    Professor Adam Dean talks about plans and proposals for land use and redistribution in the South and West during Reconstruction. He argued that a northern agrarian ideal was imposed on both…

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    Robert E. Lee and Virginia

    James “Bud” Robertson talks about Robert E. Lee’s ties to Virginia and the various military campaigns throughout the state during the Civil War. He also compared General Lee’s life after the war to other generals…

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