16th Annual Civil War Seminar at Longwood University: Three days in March!

This year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Appomattox Campaign, which brought the Civil War through Farmville, Virginia and eventually to Appomattox.  So it is fitting that Appomattox Court House National Historic Place and Longwood University pull out all the stops for their 16th Annual Civil War Seminar – three days of top speakers along with a battlefield tour.  From the Appomattox Court House NHP website:

Friday, March 13

5:30 p.m. Doors open

5:50 p.m. Introduction by Dr. David Coles, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy, Longwood University

6:00 p.m.Tracy Chernault, The Fall of Petersburg

7:00 p.m. Michael Gorman, Photo Forensics: Richmond, 1865

8:00 p.m. Chris Calkins, The Appomattox Campaign: Nine April Days

Saturday, March 14

8:30 a.m. Doors open

9:00 a.m. Introduction by Dr. David Coles

9:10 a.m. Chris Calkins, Black Thursday: The Battles of Sailor’s Creek, April 6, 1865

10:15 a.m. Patrick Schroeder, The Battles of Appomattox: Final Fury and the Last to Die

11:15 a.m. Ron Wilson, Surrender at Appomattox

12:30 Lunch

1:45 p.m. Elizabeth Varon, Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory

2:45 p.m. Mark Bradley, Fort Fisher to the Bennett Place: Closing Operations in North Carolina

4:30-6:00 Sailor’s Creek State Historical Park Special on Site Visit with Chris Calkins and Park Staff

Sunday, March 15

8:30 a.m. Doors open

9:00 a.m. Introduction by Dr. David Coles

9:10 a.m. Bert Dunkerly, The Forgotten Surrenders: Alabama, the Trans-Mississippi, and Indian Territory

10:15 a.m. Casey Clabough, Confederadoes

11:15 a.m. John Hennessy, Freedom, the Civil War and its Legacies

Except for the battlefield tour, the location is Longwood University, Jarman Auditorium, Farmville, Va.   And the “price” is easy on your pocket book – FREE. 

The seminar is sponsored by the Department of History, Political Science, & Philosophy at Longwood University; Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, and Eastern National Bookstore.

As with the last few years, I consider the seminar somewhat a “prep” for the sesquicentennial season ahead.  I plan to attend, blogging and tweeting while there.  Hope to see you there!