Virtual Programs

People in exhibit about Civil War legacies

Walk Through the War: 1861–Preparations to Realities

The United States is now at war and Americans don’t think it’s going to last very long. How are soldiers preparing to go to war? Were the expectations of Americans correct? Join Joseph and Stephanie as the realities of the American Civil War set in.

Walk Through the War: 1861–Choices

Were the options clear cut for people going into the American Civil War? Who were making those decisions and why? Join Joseph Rogers and Stephanie Arduini as they discuss what informed choices for Americans across state lines.

Artifact Investigation

What is an artifact, and what can it tell us about the people who used it? This program invites students to touch, handle, and investigate reproduction artifacts relating to actual and diverse people who lived during the Civil War and to explore their lives through their possessions. Discover a variety of true stories from the Civil War from a different point of view.

The Civil War Soldier: Boredom, Blisters, and Bullets

Soldiers spent the majority of their time not fighting in battles but living in a camp or making long treks across the South. Many men were away from home for the first time, adjusting to life with little food and lots of company. How did they stay busy? Was living in the camp any safer than fighting on the battlefield? Experience some of what filled a soldier’s day from recruitment to drill practice, and witness a demonstration firing of a rifle-musket.

Medicine in the Civil War

Why did more soldiers die in hospitals than in battle? How does modern medical technology compare to that of the Civil War? Despite the terrible challenges facing field surgeons and nurses, there were impressive advancements in military medicine during the War. Join Joseph and Kelly as they delve into some of these advancements as well as the reasons behind the striking death toll.

Content Warning: This program includes descriptions of 19th-century medical practices and diseases that some viewers might consider graphic. Discretion is advised.