Conference Will Explore Civil War On Battlefield And Home Front
17, 1999 -- The Civil War swept across the American
landscape with a fury unmatched in United States history. Millions
of American men and women, free and slave, felt its impact.
College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia will
sponsor a major conference on the Civil War and its complex effects
on 19th century American life April 29-May 1. "The Civil War on
Battlefield and Home Front: Perspectives on Military Affairs, Politics,
and Society" will feature eight noted Civil War history experts
discussing military, social, political and cultural aspects of the
conflict and its era.
main aim of the conference is to show the important interplay between
military and non military dimensions of the war to gain a better
understanding of its full complexity, said Gary W. Gallagher, U.Va.
professor of Civil War history and conference organizer. The conference
is open to the public, but a registration fee is required for non-members
of the U.Va. student body and faculty. (See below for details.)
will include the comparative experience of common people in the
North and South, the myriad connections between the home front and
the battlefield, the centrality of emancipation, and the ways in
which women understood and reacted to the war.
participants and their themes include:
Clinton, the Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History at Wofford
College and an authority on women and the war: "Divided Countrywomen:
Gender and Allegiance During the Civil War"
J. Cooper Jr., the Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State
University who has written widely about the politics of slavery:
"Jefferson Davis and the Politics of Confederate Command"
L. Ayers, the Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History at U.Va. and director
of "The Valley of the Shadow," an award-winning interactive database
project about the war: "The Civil War From the Ground Up: A Northern
and Southern Community in the Great Valley"
T. Glathaar, professor of history at the University of Houston,
a specialist in military history: "Building the Army of Northern
T. Glymph, professor of history at Penn State University, an expert
on emancipation and the postbellum South: "In Abraham's Bosom and
Under the Protection of the Star Spangled Banner: Slave Women and
the Civil War"
J. Hennessy, National Park Service historian who has written widely
about the war: "War Within A War: The Army of the Potomac Debates
Union War Aims"
Shaw Paludan, professor of history at the University of Kansas and
author of the prize-winning book, "The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln."
His topic will be "McClellan, Grant and Sherman: Images of Modernization
in the Civil War Era."
conference will begin Thursday, April 29, with a lecture by Gallagher,
a leading authority on the war's military history and its aftermath
and author of numerous books including "The Confederate War." His
talk will be titled "An Old-Fashioned General in a Modern War?:
Another Look at Robert E. Lee as a Confederate Leader."
opening lecture will be held at Alumni Hall and will be followed
by a reception. Friday and Saturday day-long programs will be in
Newcomb Hall Ballroom.
conference is free to U.Va. students and faculty. For others, registration
is $75 for the entire conference or $50 for one day. For more information
or to register please call (800) 346-3882.
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856.