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Imagine clearing out your family attic and finding an old wooden box jammed with hundreds of letters written during the Civil War. You soon discover they are written by two brothers serving in the First Vermont Brigade of the Union Army. The letters offer an eye witness description of the battles of the Peninsula Campaign, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek as well as an in-depth account of regular army life. Using the letters, Carleton Young and few other researchers were able to weave together their dramatic war-time narrative into a book entitled Voices From the Attic: The Wiiliamstown boys in the Civil War.Find out more »
The Shenandoah Valley was considered the breadbasket of the Confederacy and was used as the Army of Northern Virginia avenue of invasion as it advanced towards Gettysburg in 1863. Now in the summer of 1864 Union General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant ordered Phil Sheridan sweep the Shenandoah Valley “clean and clear". To lose the valley would mean to lose the state, Stonewall Jackson had once said. That prediction would be put to the test as Sheridan fought with Jubal Early for possession. Historian Phillip Greenwalt will discuss the Shenandoah Valley battles of 1864 and the campaign that ultimately determined the balance of power across the Eastern Theater.Find out more »
Selma was transformed into the Confederacy’s second most important war manufacturing center, outside of Richmond. Essential to the Confederate war effort, especially with the construction of the CSS Tennessee ironclad and the Brooke cannon, Selma provided critical support to Confederate operations in the field, in places including Mobile, Charleston, and Atlanta. An impressive network of ironworks was developed in Alabama to supply the sprawling Selma Arsenal, Ordnance Works, and Navy Yard. A series of well engineered earthworks and fortifications were constructed around Selma to defend this critical industrial center. As a testament to the importance of Selma, it produced “half of the cannon and two thirds of the fixed ammunition” for the Confederacy in 1864-1865. The largest cavalry raid of the Civil War, under the command of Major General James H. Wilson, targeted and destroyed Selma during the final stages of the Civil War.Find out more »
John Potts Slough, a Cincinnati native, was colonel of the 1st Colorado Volunteer Infantry. Richard Miller's talk will focus on Slough's efforts to organize, train, and lead the hard-drinking and free-spirited Colorado volunteers to their victory at Glorieta Pass in March of 1862. Shortly after the battle, Slough abruptly resigned his command, claiming that he feared for his life from his own men. Dick will discuss Slough's disastrous relationship with the 1st Colorado, the relationship’s impact on the Colorado Volunteers’ campaign in New Mexico, and whether his concern about being assassinated was his real reason for resigning his commission.Find out more »
David A. Powell, Chicago, IL: A Tale of Two Corps Commanders: D. H. Hill and A. M. McCook at Chickamauga.
Daniel Harvey Hill and Alexander McD. McCook had their Civil War careers badly tarnished because of their performance at the September 20, 1863 Battle of Chickamauga. McCook, commander the Union XX Corps, was routed off the battlefield, and Confederate corps commander Hill had such a falling out with army commander Braxton Bragg, that Bragg relieved Hill of command a month later. Nevertheless, both men had long and distinguished careers after the war's end. Hill became a writer, editor, and educator and McCook a professional soldier. This talk explores each man's role in the epic battle of Chickamauga and the fascinating story of their postwar lives.Find out more »
In an effort to treat the enormous number of soldiers wounded during the Civil War, rapid advancements were made in American medicine. This presentation will focus on the background, conditions, and personnel that led to these advancements. Dr. D’Onofrio will present this talk in the guise of Ohio Civil War Surgeon General, Robert Nelson Barr, in period uniform. His talk will be reflection of Dr. Barr's thoughts a few months after the Civil War ended. Peter D'Onofrio is the president of The Society of Civil War Surgeons, the largest non-profit, international, educational organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Civil War era medicine and surgery.Find out more »
Union Col. Frank Wolford was a celebrated Civil War cavalier and rival of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan. Wolford, who formed the 1st Ky Cavalry, took part in more than 300 battles and skirmishes, during which he was wounded seven times. In addition to detailing Wolford's military exploits, Blair will detail Wolford's political career including his staunch opposition with President Abraham Lincoln over the use of black soldiers in the Union forces. Ronald Blair is Frank Wolford's great-great-nephew.Find out more »
A hard look at the element itself--water for life, water as an agent of infection, water in military planning, etc. The "etc." is why water can be considered "the forgotten element."
This Danville, Va., native is the author or editor of more than 20 books that include such award-winning studies as Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, General A.P. Hill, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. His massive biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals”. His latest book is After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers, and Civilians Who Changed America. The recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker before Civil War groups than anyone else in the field.Find out more »
In September 1862, Cincinnati was under assault from an enemy whose goal was to pillage and burn the city, leaving destruction and fear in their wake. The assault was a major event that helped define the resolve of the citizens living in the Tristate region. Over 60,000 volunteers poured into the hills of Northern Kentucky to stop the Confederate onslaught that ripped through Kentucky virtually unchallenged, before turning north to threaten the Queen City. This is their story of leadership, patriotism, selflessness and courage.Find out more »
Grounded in the premise that no better resource exists for understanding this unique event than the battlefield itself, Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg is the first battlefield guide of this famous assault. Wayne Motts will take attendees on a march toward the Copse of Trees with Armistead’s Virginians, lead an advance from the Confederate left with Pettigrew’s North Carolinians, and defend the Angle with Alonzo Cushing’s gunners and thousands of Union soldiers. The talk will include dozens of full-color original maps, scores of battlefield and other historic photographs, a unique mix of rare human interest stories, discussions of leadership controversies, a full Order of Battle, and a rare collection of artifacts directly related to the charge.Find out more »