Gettysburg College Civil War Intstitute 2011 Conference to Feature First Bull Run

11 07 2010

Gettysburg College Civil War Institute has released details of its 2011 conference, and First Bull Run is featured.

Mobilizing for War – 2011 Gettysburg College Civil War Institute Conference

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College will host its 29th annual summer conference on June 26-July 2, 2011. The week-long conference will enroll approximately 300 participants from all over the U.S. and abroad and will consist of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and battlefield tours.   With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the CWI will explore the mobilization of both armies, the strategies of the high commands, and the opening battles of 1861 with an emphasis on the First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run.
The Institute is now under the leadership of Civil War scholar Peter S. Carmichael, the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College, who recently replaced Dr. Gabor S. Boritt, noted Lincoln scholar and author of The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows (Simon and Schuster, 2006).  Carmichael has published a number of books, most recently a study of Southern college students during the Civil War era, The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2005).  He is currently writing a history of the common soldier for and researching the experience and wartime representation of Confederate slaves, and how the mythical idea of loyal African Americans defending the South animates current cultural wars over “Southern heritage.”

Discussion panels, lectures, and battlefield tours will be led by historians Allen Guelzo, Gary Gallagher, Joseph Glatthaar, A. Wilson Greene, Susannah Ural, Tim Orr, Mary De Credico, Wayne Wei-Sian Hsieh, Ethan Rafuse, Ed Bearss, and others.  Topics to be explored include the training of the armies, the 1861 West Virginia operations, Northern soldiers and Unionism, Fighting for the Confederacy, the Stonewall Jackson Brigade, Balls Bluff, and the Committee on the Conduct of War.  In addition to studying and touring the battlefields of First Manassas, a portion of the program will be dedicated to studying aspects of the Gettysburg Campaign.

Approximately thirty scholarships will be awarded to high school juniors and history teachers from across the country, based on their applications and letters of recommendation. Scholarship recipients attend the conference for free, and benefit from additional programming designed to foster greater learning of history at the high school level.

The CWI sponsors various Civil War and Lincoln related programs throughout the year and is a co-sponsor of the Dedication Day activities commemorating the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on November 19th.    For a complete listing of our upcoming events, conference schedule and information on registration fees, and scholarship opportunities, please visit us online at ,email, phone 717-337-6590, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences.  It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.  The college was founded in 1832.

Go here for a copy of the press release, flyer and registration form.