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Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: 717.337.6590

2019 Schedule

2019 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Summer Conference

June 14-19, 2019


Friday, June 14

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Welcome, Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College)

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion: The Political Crisis of the 1850s?,
Rachel Shelden (University of Oklahoma), Michael Woods (Marshall University), Nicole Etcheson (Ball State University)
Moderator: Michael Birkner (Gettysburg College)

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion: Internationalizing the War,
David Thomson (Sacred Heart University), Andre Fleche (Castleton College), Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University)
Moderator: Brian Schoen (Ohio University)

5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.


6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

A Conversation With Gary Gallagher,
Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College) & Gary Gallagher

8:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social
Mr. G's Ice Cream


Saturday, June 15


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)


(1) The Augusta Powderworks, Keith Bohannon (University of West Georgia)


(2) “Let Us Hear No More Nativism”: Catholics in the Civil War, Will Kurtz (University of Virginia)


(3) Jubal Early and the Unionist Cause, Katy Shively (Virginia Commonwealth University)

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


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

Nat Turner’s Rebellion, Patrick Breen (Providence College)

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Combat Experience of Civil War Soldiers, Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College)

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.



(1) Katy Shively (Virginia Commonwealth University)
(2) Brian Luskey (West Virginia University
(3) David Thomson (Sacred Heart University)
(4) Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College)
(5) Steve Berry (University of Georgia)
(6) Cecily Zander (Penn State University)

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)


(1) Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War’s Refugee Camps, Amy Murrell Taylor (University of Kentucky)


(2) Artifacts of the Civil War, Joan Cashin (Ohio State University), Earl Hess (Lincoln Memorial University), Jason Phillips (West Virginia University), Michael Woods (Marshall University)
Moderator: Brian Luskey (West Virginia University)

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)


(1) John Brown’s Pikes, Jason Phillips (West Virginia University)


(2)The Copperhead Movement in the Midwest, Nicole Etcheson (Ball State University)

(3) The Dred Scott Decision, Rachel Shelden (University of Oklahoma)

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.


5:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Gettysburg Battlefield & Town Tours


(1) The Brickyard Fight, the Coster Avenue Mural, and the Humiston Family Story, Mark Dunkelman


(2) Barnes's Division and the Fight for Rose's Wheatfield, Tim Orr (Old Dominion University)


(3) The Attack and Defense of Little Round Top: A Military Staff Ride, Col. Doug Douds


(4) The Shriver House Under Siege: Confederate Sharpshooters on South Baltimore Hill, Nancie Gudmestad and the Shriver House Staff (one-hour lecture and Q&A followed by house tour)


(5) Honor, Cowardice, and Lore on Oak Ridge: Iverson's July 1 Assault, Ashley Whitehead Luskey (Gettysburg College)


(6) Youth Tour & Group Discussion: Soldiers’ Letters and the Battlefield, Peter Carmichael (Civil War Institute)
*For children and teens under 18 years of age and their families


Sunday, June 16

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, Jennifer Murray (Oklahoma State University)

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


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

Violence in the Civil War, Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State University)

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Private Voices: The Corpus of American Civil War Letters, Steve Berry (University of Georgia)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Thin Line of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America, Ed Ayers (University of Richmond)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)

(1) Tactics, Terrain, and Trenches in the Atlanta Campaign, Earl Hess (Lincoln Memorial University)

(2) The Emotional History of Civil War Soldiers, Jim Broomall (Shepherd University)

(3) Editing the Lee Papers, Colin Woodward (Stratford Hall)

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Panel From Civil War Places: Historians Reflect on Where They Visit and What They See, Gary Gallagher, Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College), Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State University), Ed Ayers (University of Richmond), Steve Berry (University of Georgia)

5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.



DINE-IN DISCUSSIONS (pre-assigned)

(1) Amy Murrell Taylor (University of Kentucky)
(2) Tim Orr (Old Dominion University)
(3) Jason Phillips (West Virginia University)
(4) Jim Broomall (Shepherd University)
(5) Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State University)

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Edward Porter Alexander, Gary Gallagher


Monday, June 17

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bus Tours Depart:


(1) Gettysburg Introductory Tour, Joe Mieczkowski (Licensed Battlefield Guide)


(2) Staff Ride: Gettysburg, Carol Reardon (Independent Historian)


(3) Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Greg Mertz (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park)


(4) Mosby’s Confederacy, Part II, Dennis Frye (Independent Historian)


(5) Voices of Antietam, Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College), Jim Broomall (Shepherd University), and Keith Bohannon (West Georgia University)

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.



Tuesday, June 18

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tours: Gettysburg


(1) The 16th Maine and the Battle for Oak Ridge, John Hoptak (Gettysburg National Military Park)


(2) Why We Fought: How Union Veterans Remembered Gettysburg, Chris Gwinn (Gettysburg National Military Park)


(3) Treasures of the National Civil War Museum: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Wayne Motts (National Civil War Museum)

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Tours In the Footsteps of Soldiers and Civilians
(1-hour classroom discussion of primary source documents followed by a focused battlefield tour)


(4) Crisis on the Union Right: The 137th New York and the Fight for Culp's Hill, Jen Murray (Oklahoma State University)

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

An Army Divided: Party Politics Inside the Army of the Potomac, Tim Orr (Old Dominion University)

12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.


1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Why They Came to Gettysburg and Why We Follow, Kent Gramm (Gettysburg College)

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: New Scholarship on the Civil War Era
Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State University), Jennifer Murray (Oklahoma State University), TBD

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.



Wednesday, June 19

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.


7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.




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