Category Conferences

Civil War Institute Day Five

The fifth and final day of this year’s 2022 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College began with the half-day Gettysburg battlefield tours. I took the tour with Professor Peter Carmichael following the 18th Virginia of Richard B. Garnett’s brigade during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge. After following the 18th Virginia’s path to the Angle, we went to […]

The Civil War Institute Day Four

Today was our full day battlefield tour day. I took the South Mountain tour led by Scott Hartwig. Scott gave us an outstanding tour. He’s a font of knowledge and gave us incredible detail, without notes unless he was directly quoting someone.

Civil War Institute Day Three

Our first activity today was a panel discussion on James Longstreet featuring Jeffry Wert, Professor Carol Reardon, and Professor Gary Gallagher, moderated by Professor Peter Carmichael. Professor Reardon made the point that the Civil War generation had little concept of what strategy actually was. The consensus seemed to be Longstreet was an excellent corps commander, […]

Civil War Institute Day Two

Most of today’s activities were filmed by C-SPAN. I’ll post the videos once they air. We began with concurrent sessions. I chose to attend Peter Vermilyea’s presentation on the Pipe Creek Plan. His position is that Meade developed the Pipe Creek Plan as a contingency plan, and he did a very good job with it. […]

Civil War Institute Day One

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College began its summer symposium today. Our first presenter was Jake Wynn of Visit Frederick giving a well received presentation on “The Bloody Work at the Field Hospital.” We learned contrary to popular belief, use of anesthetics in the Civil War was common. In fact, anesthetics were used in […]

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Returns

Today marks the return of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College’s Summer Symposium after a COVID hiatus. It’s the best five days a Civil War student has during the year. Here’s the line-up: Friday, June 10 Time Event 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check-in, College Union Building (CUB) 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Welcome, […]

Civil War Resources – Clothing and Ammunition

Professor Paul Quigley brings together Professor Kurt Luther, Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall, Sarah Weicksel, and Dana Shoaf in this discussion of uniforms and weapons in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Civil War scholars talked about changes in technology during the Civil War including the mass production of uniforms, guns and ammunition. This event was hosted by […]

Civil War News and Correspondence

Professor Paul Quigley moderates this excellent round table that features William C. “Jack” Davis, Professor Hillary Green, Professor Angela Esco Elder, and Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall. The video’s description reads, “Historians addressed ways the American public coped with the Civil War – by seeking information, writing letters and sharing memories. This event was hosted by […]

Civil War Manpower and Horsepower

Here’s a panel from the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies conference, moderated by Professor Paul Quigley. The panel consists of Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall, Emmanual Dabney, and Professor David Gerleman. The video’s description reads, “Historians discussed soldier recruitment, forced labor and the use of horses and mules during the Civil War. The Virginia Center […]

1862, Beyond the Civil War

Professor Manisha Sinha chairs this round table discussion with Professor Hillary Green, Professor Michael Green, Professor Heather Cox Richardson, and Dr. Mycah Conner. The video’s description reads, “Historians discussed the year 1862, examining the state of native nations, public lands, black education, and West coast immigration. This program was part of the Organization of American […]