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Calendar Details for 08 Jun 2024

Civil War Institute Summer Conference

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Program for Saturday, June 8

7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)


1) Boy Soldiers in the Civil War, Frances Clarke (The University of Sydney) and Rebecca Jo Plant (University of California, San Diego)


2) The Battle of Bristoe Station, Kevin Pawlak (Prince Henry County Historic Preservation Division)


3) Interpreting Race at Civil War Battlefields & Historic Sites, R. Isabela Morales (Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum), Christopher Gwinn (Gettysburg NMP), Beth Parnicza (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NHP), Christopher Young (Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP), Avery Lentz (Monocacy NB). Moderator: Ashley Luskey (Gettysburg College)

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

The Calculus of Violence, Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State University)

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Hicksford Raid, Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College)

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.



DINE-IN DISCUSSIONS (pre-assigned)


(1) Civil War Newspaper Editors in the Postbellum Era, Bob Baumgartner


(2) “Yours Affectionately, Osgood”: An Abolitionist Soldier’s Letters Home, Ryan Keating (California State University—San Bernardino) & Sarah Tracy Burrows (Historian and Author)


(3) “Loyalty and Service” to Whom?: Unpacking One Enslaved Man’s Service to the Confederacy, Christopher Young (Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park)


(4) Meade’s Pursuit of Lee After Gettysburg, Brad Gottfried (Historian and Author)


(5) Command Decisions at Chancellorsville, Beth Parnicza (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP)

2:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Active Track tour, Part 1
The Union Second Corps on July 2, Timothy Orr (Old Dominion University)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)


1) The Irish in the American Civil War, Ryan Keating (California State University—San Bernardino)


2) The Battle of Fort Pillow, Angela Riotto (Defense Security Cooperation University)


3) The Lumbee and the Civil War, Jaime Martinez (University of North Carolina—Pembroke)

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Lincoln and Race, Jonathan White (Christopher Newport University), Ronald White (Historian and Author), Harold Holzer (Hunter College), Elizabeth Leonard (Colby College), Scott Hancock (Gettysburg College). Moderator: Peter Carmichael

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.


Gettysburg Battlefield & Town Tours: Controversies and Commonly Overlooked Elements of Gettysburg

(1) General Daniel Sickles and his “Commanding Ground”: The Debate and the Legacy, Jim Hessler (Licensed Battlefield Guide)


(2) The “Real” High Water Mark at Gettysburg? Perry’s Florida Brigade and Wright’s Georgia Brigade on July 2 , Lewis Trott (Licensed Battlefield Guide)


(3) Maryland, Whose Maryland?: Opposing “Free Staters” at Gettysburg, Ashley Luskey (Gettysburg College)


(4) On a Great Battlefield: A Photographic Exploration of the Evolution of the Gettysburg Battlefield, Jennifer Murray (Oklahoma State University) and Michael Waricher (Independent Historian)


(5) Benner’s Hill and the Fight for the Union Right Flank, Troy Harman (Gettysburg National Military Park)

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