Shepherd University Seminar

3 02 2010

Mark Snell (from GTM Center site)

This past Friday night in Gettysburg I ran into Mark Snell of Shepherd University.  I had met him a few – OK, maybe ten or so – years ago at a Penn State Mont Alto conference, so I’m pretty sure he didn’t remember me.  But it turns out he’s a fan of Bull Runnings; at least, he said he is, so I’ll take him at his word, though there’s always the possibility he was being polite.  Prof. Snell runs the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at the University, as well as the Center’s popular and long running summer seminar.  He filled me in on the upcoming 2010 seminar, and asked if I would let you all know about it upon determination of the itinerary.  I see today on Kevin Levin’s blog that the details have been worked out (Kevin is part of the faculty for the seminar again this year).  You can find them here.

Mark told me that this is the first year that the seminar will be held away from Shepherd University.  Petersburg, VA will be the site for Petersburg: In the Trenches with the Common Soldier, June 24-27, 2010.  As the title implies, the focus here will be on soldier life during the siege of Petersburg.  Faculty will consist of Mark Snell; A. Wilson Greene, director of Pamplin Historical Park, with whom Shepherd U. is conducting the seminar in conjunction; Earl Hess; Kevin Levin; Christopher Stowe of the US Army Command and General Staff College; and Walter Powell of Shepherd University and Mount St. Mary’s College.  Cost runs from $395 to $687 depending on your choice of accommodation.    The prices include all meals, which I’ve heard are outstanding.

As I think I’ve mentioned, my great-grandfather was a member of the 205th PA in 9th Corps, wounded at Petersburg on April 2, 1865.  I’m hoping to attend, but it’s very much up in the air at this point.

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