Created in 1998 with funding from the Henry R. Luce Foundation, CWES oversees:
The study of the battles, personalities and ideas which shaped our nation during the tumultuous years around the American Civil War extends deep into our college's history. The college's buildings and grounds were witness to one of the largest field hospitals on the battlefield, and its students in November of 1863 witnessed the speech made Abraham Lincoln in the National Cemetery.
Our students are afforded today with an equally rich experience, not only in our own town, but with the myriad research and study opportunities that are a stone's throw away from our campus.
The Civil War Institute uses an interdisciplinary approach to engage diverse audiences in a dialogue about the Civil War.