This year’s Sixteenth Annual Longwood University Civil War Seminar was a three-day event, with Days Two and Three covered by C-SPAN. This year’s theme was “The Closing of the Civil War.” I wasn’t able to make it there for this year’s seminar, so I’m very appreciative that C-SPAN was there to broadcast and archive the events of Days Two and Three.
Chris Calkins of the Sailor’s Creek State Historical Park kicked off the second day with a lecture on the Battles [yes, that’s a plural] of Sailor’s Creek.
Patrick Schroeder of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park next spoke on the Battles of Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House.
Next up was Ron Wilson, former Chief Historian at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, speaking on Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
After the lunch break, Professor Elizabeth Varon of the University of Virginia gave an outstanding lecture on the “Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory.”
The final presentation of the day is Mark Bradley of the US Army Center for Military History speaking on “Fort Fisher to Bennett Place: Closing Operations in North Carolina.” This is another great presentation.