2020 Schedule

2020 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Summer Conference

June 12-17, 2020

*Subject to change*

Friday, June 12Schedule for Friday

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Check-in

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Welcome, Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College)

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

The Environmental History of the Gettysburg Battlefield, Brian Black (Penn State Altoona)

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

Break

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

The Lincoln Memorial, Harold Holzer (Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Hunter College)

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

Dinner

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

A Conversation With Scott Hartwig, Ashley Whitehead Luskey (Gettysburg College) & Scott Hartwig

8:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social
Mr. G's Ice Cream

Saturday, June 13Schedule for Saturday

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)

 

(1) Gettysburg Generals Out West, Kent Gramm (Gettysburg College)

 

(2) A New Look at Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Little Round Top, Jared Peatman (Four Score Consulting)

 

(3) Meade's Pipe Creek Line, Peter Vermilyea (Housatonic Valley Regional High School)

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

Break

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

Rain, Grain, and the Slain: Environmental Influences on the Civil War, Judkin Browning (Appalachian State University)

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

Break

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

Mary Todd Lincoln, Harold Holzer (Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Hunter College) and Catherine Clinton (University of Texas at San Antonio)

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

Lunch

 

LUNCH-IN DISCUSSIONS (pre-assigned)

(1) The Black Confederate at Arlington National Cemetery, Kevin Levin (Civil War Memory)
(2) Looking at Photographs and Landscapes of War, Megan Kate Nelson
(3) Soldiers & Newspaper Correspondence from the Front, Zachery Fry (U.S. Army Command & General Staff College)
(4) Nutritional Deficiencies: The Role of Food in Confederate Military Failure, Judkin Browning (Appalachian State University)
(5) The McClellan Testimonial, Jennifer Murray (Oklahoma State University)

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)

 

(1) .."the Duty of the Prisoner to Escape..": POWs' Escape Attempts, Plots, and Ideological Flight,
Angela Zombek (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)

 

(2) General George Thomas, Brian Wills (University of Virginia at Wise)

(3) The Lincoln Theme in the 21st-Century: Finally Exhausted?, Gerry Prokopowicz (East Carolina University)

 2:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Active-Track Classroom Discussion and Battlefield Tour, Sharpshooting at Gettysburg, Timothy Orr (Old Dominion University)

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

Coffee, Cookie, and Pastry Social

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

Concurrent Sessions
(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)

 

(1) Debating the Generalship of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Brian Wills (University of Virginia at Wise) and Keith Bohannon (University of West Georgia)

Moderator: Ethan Rafuse (U.S. Army Command & General Staff College)

 

(2) Mapping Civil War Campaigns, Brad Gottfried (Independent Historian)

 

(3) Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac, Zachery Fry (U.S. Army Command & General Staff College)

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Dinner

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

Gettysburg Battlefield & Town Tours

 

(1) A Nation Hangs in the Balance: July 2, 1863, Matt Atkinson (Gettysburg NMP)

 

(2) Twilight of the Blue and Gray: Gettysburg College and the 1938 Reunion, Chris Gwinn (Gettysburg NMP)

 

(3) How Active Was General Robert E. Lee During the Battle?: Following in Lee's Footsteps, July 1-3, Troy Harman, (Gettysburg NMP)

 

(4) Staff Ride: The Defense of the Union Center, Doug Douds (U.S. Army War College)

 

(5) Benning's Georgia Brigade, Keith Bohannon (University of West Georgia)

 

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

Sunday, June 14Schedule for Sunday

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

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

Concurrent Sessions

(Attendees Choose 1; No Reservations Required)

(1) Northern Women at War, Nina Silber (Boston University)

 (2) Behind the Scenes of Licensed Battlefield Guiding at Gettysburg, Chuck Burkell (Licensed Battlefield Guide); Sue Boardman (Licensed Battlefield Guide/Gettysburg Foundation); and Wayne Motts (Licensed Battlefield Guide/National Civil War Museum)
Moderator: Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College)

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Active-Track Tour, Sharpshooting at Gettysburg, Timothy Orr (Old Dominion University)

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

Break

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

The Civil War in the West, Megan Kate Nelson

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Break

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

Concurrent Sessions

(Attendees Choose 1, No Reservations Required)

(1) Irregular Violence, Irregular History: The Civil War Guerilla Experience, Matthew Hulbert (Hampden-Sydney College)

 (2) The Last Confederate Monuments: The Myths and Lies We Tell About Loyal Slaves and Black Confederates, Kevin Levin (Civil War Memory)

 

 (3) Western Officers and Emancipation, Kristopher Teters (Western Governors University)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Soldier of Fortune: A Union Army Recruiter and His Impressment Scandal,
Brian Luskey (West Virginia University)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
(Attendees pick 1, no reservations required)

 

(1) New Views of Old Abe: Unknown Lincoln Treasures from the National Archives, David Gerleman (George Mason University)

 

(2) By the People, For the People: Digitizing and Transcribing Civil War Manuscript Collections at the Library of Congress, Michelle Krowl (Library of Congress)

 

(3) Behind the Scenes of Civil War Times Magazine, Dana Shoaf (Civil War Times)

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

Break

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

The Civil War Letters of the North's Rank and File, John David Smith (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Timothy Roberts (Western Illinois University)

Moderator: Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College)

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

Dinner

 

DINE-IN DISCUSSIONS (pre-assigned)

(1) Louisa May Alcott and Civil War Nursing, Nina Silber (Boston University)
(2) "Lawrence or Hell": Exploring the Civil War's Most Infamous Massacre, Matthew Hulbert (Hampden-Sydney College)
(3) "I Take This Oath Freely & Voluntarily": Confederate Prisoners & the Oath of Allegiance, Angela Zombek (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)
(4) Union Officers Confront Black Freedom (Kristopher Teters (Western Governors University)
(5) "I Need Your Care and Protection Worse Than Old Abe Does": The Civil War's Complex Impact on a Western Illinois Couple, Timothy Roberts (Western Illinois University)

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

Debating McClellan at Antietam, Scott Hartwig (Independent Historian) and Ethan Rafuse (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College)

Moderator: James Broomall (Shepherd University)

Monday, June 15Schedule for Monday

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bus Tours Depart:

 

(1) 2nd Fredericksburg and Salem Church, Eric Mink (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP) and Keith Bohannon (University of West Georgia)

 

(2) Cool Springs Battlefield, Jonathan Noyalas (Shenandoah University)

 

(3) Antietam: A Military Staff Ride, Carol Reardon (Penn State University)

 

(4) Leadership at Manassas: The First Test, 1861, Ethan Rafuse (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College)

 

(5) The Evolution of the Charge in the Civil War: Bristoe Station, Marye's Heights, and the Mule Shoe, Jennifer Murray (Oklahoma State University)

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

Dinner

Tuesday, June 16Schedule for Tuesday

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

Breakfast

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

Tours: Gettysburg

 

(1) The Pennsylvania Reserves & Wheaton's 6th Corps Brigade at Little Round Top, Dana Shoaf (Civil War Times)

 

(2) The West Point Class of 1861 at Gettysburg, Zachery Fry (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College)

 

(3) Bivouac of the Dead: The Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Sue Boardman (Licensed Battlefield Guide and the Gettysburg Foundation)

(4) “The Day Has Been a Most Unfortunate One for Us”: The First Day at Gettysburg, Scott Hartwig (Independent Historian)

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

Lunch

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

Assessing the "Great Partnership" of Lee and Jackson: How Professionalism, Friendship, and Religion Fostered Success, Christian Keller (U.S. Army War College)

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

Break

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

James Longstreet/Debating Longstreet, Jeffry Wert (Independent Historian) and Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College)

Moderator: TBD

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dinner

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Farewell Social – Wine & Cheese Event

 

 

Wednesday, June 17Schedule for Wednesday

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

Breakfast

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

Checkout