Symposium 2022: The Soldier’s Civil War
February 18 @ 5:30 pm – February 19 @ 5:00 pm
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The American Civil War Museum 2022 Symposium, The Soldier’s Civil War, will be held at Historic Tredegar for the first time ever. We’re utilizing the Foundry building on the ACWM Tredegar campus as the lecture hall for this in-person but socially distanced event. The Museum is just a few feet away and special guided tours will be available during Symposium weekend. This is our 17th annual Symposium and we intend to make it memorable.
Friday, February 18th we will be holding our reception with the event speakers in the Museum from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
We hope you will join us on February 19th, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm as we delve into this year’s theme, The Soldier’s Civil War. The impressive slate of speakers will examine how ordinary men, faced with violence, loneliness, fear, death, and for Black men racism, coped during the War and how the impact of war affected their postwar lives. The event, moderated by Caroline E. Janney, Director of the Nau Civil War Center and John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, is presented in partnership with the Nau Civil War Center at the University of Virginia. Sponsored by Americana Corner.
“To Say or Not to Say: What Can We Learn from Confederate Soldiers Who “Spoke” Their Letters?”
The diverse ways in which Southern soldiers with minimal education experienced, perceived, and wrote about military service reveals a distinct cultural outlook from the ranks of Confederate armies. Like all men in the ranks, they struggled to make sense of war, but their letters, written as if spoken around a family table, reveal a condemnation of organized warfare as well as a radicalism unique to such letters.
Peter S. Carmichael, PhD
Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies, Director of the Civil War Institute
“A Badge of Conspicuous Gallantry: A Texas Regiment and Allegations of Cowardice in Combat”
Allegations of cowardice were serious and nearly impossible to clear; but few historians, until very recently, have thoroughly explored this topic. The story of the 2nd Texas, and more broadly the study of cowardice, helps us to better understand the experience of war and its aftermath.
Lesley J. Gordon, PhD
Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History
University of Alabama
“Union Soldiers on the Loose in the Confederacy”
During the last winter of the Civil War, nearly 3,000 Union prisoners escaped from Confederate prisons in the Carolinas, and fled toward Union Army lines. Black and white southerners fed, hid, and guided the fugitives across hundreds of miles of dangerous terrain. The journey of escaped prisoners reveals the experiences of Union soldiers in the final months of the War, and also the transformation of the homefront to battlefront.
Lorien Foote, PhD
Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor of History
Texas A&M University
“The Families’ Cause”
Racism, both in and outside of military service, impacted the economies, family structures and social spaces of African Americans long after the Civil War ended. Counter to the national narrative which championed the patriotic manhood of soldering from the Civil War through the 1930’s, research reveals that African American veterans and their families’ military experience were much more fraught. Economic and social instability introduced by military service resonated for years and even generations after soldiers left the battlefield.
Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr. PhD
Assistant Professor of History
“Civil War Veterans and Opioid Addiction in the Postwar Decades”
In the wake of the American Civil War, many veterans struggled with lingering pain and disabling illnesses. To cope, former soldiers often turned to opioids, and tens of thousands became addicted to the drugs. The opioid addiction crisis sparked by the Civil War affected veterans’ lives and reveals much about the war’s traumatic aftershocks in the postwar decades.
Jonathan Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
Virginia Military Institute
The ACWM 2022 Symposium is presented in partnership with The John L. Nau Center for Civil War Studies at the University of Virginia. Sponsored by Americana Corner