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Published on September 12th, 2013 | by TLV News


Ole Miss to host “Conference on the Civil War” October 3-5, 2013

UNIVERSITY, Miss. (CCWR) — The Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi invites you to attend the 2013 Conference on the Civil War, October 3-5.  This year’s conference begins with a keynote address on “The Emancipation of Abraham Lincoln,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner (Columbia University).  Professor Foner’s address will begin at 6 pm in Nutt Auditorium (350 University Ave). Eric Foner, Columbia University

Eric Foner is a prominent historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.  He is the author of the influential Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution.  His most recent book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010), received, among other awards, the Bancroft Prize, the Pulitzer Prize for History, and the Lincoln Prize.

The conference, entitled “This Terrible War,” will continue October 4 and 5 with panels both days from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm in Butler Auditorium in the Triplett Alumni Center (651 Grove Loop).  Speakers include Nina Silber (Boston University), Wendy Hamand Venet (Georgia State University), Jim Downs (Connecticut College), and J. David Hacker (SUNY Binghampton).  All events are free and open to the public.

The 2013 Conference is the Center’s seventh Conference on the Civil War.  It is presented in conjunction with the History Department’s Porter Fortune Jr. Symposium.  The conference is free and open to the public.  For more information about the event, visit: ___________________________________________________

Thursday, October 3 – Nutt Auditorium


Columbia University professor Eric Foner will give the keynote address on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the University of Mississippi’s “Conference on the Civil War.” Foner is the author of the award winning book, “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.”

Keynote Address, 6:00 The Emancipation of Abraham Lincoln Eric Foner, Columbia University

Friday, October 4 – Butler Auditorium: Panel Sessions

First Panel, 8:30-10:00: Contrabands of War
Jim Downs, Connecticut College
Abigail Cooper, Brandeis University

Second Panel, 10:30-12:00: International Response to War
Was “This Terrible War” This Terrible?  A Global Comparative Perspective 
Niels Eichhorn, Middle Georgia State College

An Act of Colonization: Danish American Negotiations Concerning “Laborers of African Extraction” and the Virgin Islands between 1860 and 1867
Anders Bo Rasmussen, University of Southern Denmark

The Lawrence Massacre of 1863, General Ewing’s Order No. 11, and European Press Opinion on Guerilla Violence and Reprisals in the American Civil War
Christopher D. Wilkins, William Jewell College


Wendy Hamand Venet, Georgia State University.

Third Panel, 2:00-3:30: Northern and Southern Women at War
Nina Silber, Boston University

“Enlisted for the War”?: Divided Loyalties among Atlanta’s White Women during the Civil War 
Wendy Hamand Venet, Georgia State University

Fourth Panel, 4:00-5:30: Southern Civilians and Slavery in War
“These Negroes Are All the Property She Has:” White Slaveowning Women and the Pecuniary Destruction of Civil War
Stephanie Jones-Rogers, University of Iowa

The Politics of Slavery and Southern Nationalism Among the Yeoman Soldiers of Western Tennessee
Gary T. Edwards, Arkansas State University

Saturday, October 5 – Butler Auditorium: Panel Sessions

First Panel, 8:30-10:00: New Insights into the Military Conduct of War
“This is the Last Time I Shall Ever Leave My Family”: The Burdens of Soldiering on Union and Confederate Fathers
John Patrick Riley, Binghamton University, SUNY

“Justice Mingled With Kindness:” Missouri and the Union Army’s Hard and Humane War
D. H. Dilbeck, University of Virginia

Spurring on Victory: The United States Cavalry Bureau, 1863-1866
David J. Gerleman, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln

Second Panel, 10:30-12:00: Quantifying War
“Notorious and Palatable”: Francis Amasa Walker and the Demographic Impact of the American Civil War
J. David Hacker, University of Minnesota

The Sacred Debt: The Meaning and Significance of Wartime Popular Loans in the Civil War North
Franklin Noll, Noll Historical Consulting


Third Panel, 2:00-3:30: Interpretations of the War Presidents
“We Have No Need For Men, We Have Principles:” Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Cabinet
Geoffrey Cunningham, Louisiana State University

Triumph of a Railsplitter: Northern Masculinity in Lincoln’s White House
David Demaree, Kent State University

Fourth Panel, 4:00-5:30: Loyalty and Dissent in War
Northern Alabama Unionists and the Price of Dissent
Susan Deily-Swearingen, University of New Hampshire

Copperheads and Black Republicans: The Twin Snakes of Loyalty in Eastern Pennsylvania
Charles R. Welsko, III, West Virginia University

2013 history conference poster

Meridian, Mississippi Commemorates Civil War History
150 years ago today: the 11th Mississippi at the Battle of Gettysburg

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