Civil War Institute

The Civil War Institute (CWI) brings together Gettysburg College students, general audiences, and scholars in an ongoing dialogue about the history of the Civil War era through public programming, student internship and fellowship programs, digital scholarship, teaching, curriculum management, and academic research. The college’s minors in Civil War Era Studies (CWES) and Public History are administered out of CWI.

Civil War Institute Playlist

Pete Carmichael and his guests in a Zoom chat

Featured programs include “Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality” with Joseph Reidy (Howard University); “Searching for Black Confederates in Lee’s Army,” with Kevin Levin; “Essential Workers: Formerly Enslaved People, Smallpox, and COVID-19,” with Jim Downs (Gettysburg College); and “How Should Americans Remember Appomattox?” with Beth Parnicza (Appomattox Court House NHP).

For over 35 years, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted an annual summer conference bringing leading historians and public audiences together for battlefield tours, small group discussions, lectures, and roundtable conversations about the Civil War era. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the college campus. Learn more about the conference. The 2021 conference, scheduled for the second weekend of June, will focus on the Gettysburg Campaign; more information and registration materials will be available in late August.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Conference, CWI created a robust lineup of special programming through Zoom in its place, including a battlefield tour and a wide range of interviews with leading historians. C-SPAN programming featuring CWI Director Peter Carmichael is also available for viewing at any time.