Category Conferences

Ulysses S. Grant and Union Military Leadership

Here’s Professor Steven Woodworth of Texas Christian University giving a very good presentation on the leadership of Ulysses S. Grant. The video’s description reads, “Texas Christian University Professor Steven Woodworth discussed Ulysses S. Grant’s leadership style and how it compares to other Union generals. He argued that characteristics such as Grant’s calmness helped bring the Civil War to […]

George H. Thomas and Nathan Bedford Forrest

Here’s Professor Brian Steel Wills of Kennesaw State University delivering a typically wonderful presentation. This one compares Union General George H. Thomas and confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. The video’s description reads, “Kennesaw State University Civil War Center Director Brian Wills compared the careers and leadership styles ofUnion General George Henry Thomas and Confederate General Nathan Bedford […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Five

All good things, sadly, must come to an end, and the same is true for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Tuesday, June 18 was the final day of the conference. We started the day with local tours. One was a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. I […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Four

Monday, June 17, was the day for our tours at other battlefields. I chose “Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville,” led by Greg Mertz of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. As you might expect, we saw Jackson’s position at Fredericksburg as well as his movements at Chancellorsville and the spot where he was […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Three

Day Three of the best five days a Civil War student has each year was Sunday, June 16, 2019. We began with Dr. Jennifer Murray of Oklahoma State University giving a wonderful presentation on the history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. You can watch it here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?461565-7/gettysburg-national-military-park Next, Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean talked about “Violence […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Two

Saturday, June 15, 2019 was the second day of this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. We started with Concurrent Sessions. C-SPAN 3 televised Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor of the University of Kentucky speaking on “Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War’s Refugee Camps.” You can view that presentation here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?461510-7/slave-refugee-camps Dr. Will Kurtz […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day One

June 14, 2019 was the first day of this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Summer Conference. The CWI conference is the best five days of the year for a Civil War student. Five glorious days in Gettysburg with top historians and tours of the Gettysburg battlefield and a bus ride to tour another […]