2015 Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Conference


Saturday, April 18, 2015, I attended the 2015 Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Conference at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I saw no flaggers there, and didn’t expect to see any since if there’s ever any danger of actually learning something, the flaggers usually avoid the situation.

The conference was terrific, and it’s a tribute to Virginia, to the historians involved, and especially to the Executive Director of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Cheryl Jackson, and her amazing team.  They are awesome.  It’s always terrific to be back in Virginia, and this was no exception.  Thanks to the University of Virginia for hosting the conference.  It was also great to see Prof. Robertson [aka “Dr. Bud”] again.


The conference was aired live on C-SPAN III.

The first panel session dealt with confederate surrender and Lincoln’s assassination.  Conference co-chair Elizabeth Varon of the University of Virginia moderated, and the panelists included Harold Holzer, Elizabeth Leonard of Colby College, and co-chair Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia.


You can see the welcoming remarks and the first panel here:


The second panel dealt with the lost cause myth.  Moderated by Gary Gallagher, it consisted of John Coski of the American Civil War Museum, Caroline Janney of Purdue University, and Edward Ayers of the University of Richmond.  Unfortunately, C-SPAN had some difficulties during this panel.


You can view the panel here:


The morning Q&A is here:


The third panel covered the Union Cause.  Gary Gallagher moderated this one as well, and the panelists were Matt Gallman of the University of Florida, John Neff of the University of Mississippi, and Joan Waugh of UCLA.


Here’s the third panel discussion:


The final panel discussed African-American memory of the war.  Elizabeth Varon moderated the panel, and the members were W. Fitzhugh Brundage of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barbara Gannon of the University of Central Florida, and Thavolia Glymph of Duke University.


You can see that discussion here:


And here’s the afternoon Q&A session:



It was really great to be at the conference


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