Civil War conference on Saturday

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute will host its annual spring conference, “Another Era in Our War Life: When the Home Front Became the Battle Front” on Saturday in Hester Auditorium, Henkel Hall.

The conference will examine the various ways some of the Civil War’s most significants battles/campaigns — Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Sheridan’s 1864 Shenandoah Campaign — impacted communities and individuals who found themselves in the path of the armies.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This is going to be one of the largest events in the 26-year history of the McCormick Civil War Institute,” said Director Jonathan Noyalas, who has lined up an impressive cadre of historians to present at the conference.

The schedule includes:

8:30-9:15 a.m. Check-in at Hester Auditorium, Mary M. Henkel Hall

9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:30-10:30 a.m. Jonathan A. Noyalas, “Prisoners in Our Own Houses”: Civilians and Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign

10:30-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45-11:45 a.m. Frank A. O’Reilly, “The Sacking of Fredericksburg”

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch in Allen Dining Hall

12:45-1:45 p.m. Allen Guelzo, “How the Town Shaped the Battle: Gettysburg, 1863”

1:45-2:00 p.m. Break

2 to 3 p.m. Anne Sarah Rubin, “Northern Scout, Southern Civilians: George W. Quimby’s Adventures during Sherman’s March”

3 to 3:15 p.m. Transport/Caravan to Sheridan’s Field Hospital Site

3:15 to 4 p.m.: Eric Campbell, Interpretive Program at Sheridan’s Field Hospital Site

A handful of tickets are still available. The registration fee is $50 ($20 for students with valid student ID) and covers all presentations and lunch. Participants are advised that they will need to drive to the Sheridan’s Field Hospital Site located across from the Shenandoah University campus.

Anyone interested in attending should email Noyalas at jnoyalas01@su.edu no later than 5 p.m. today and then pay the registration fee upon arrival Saturday morning.

The McCormick Civil War Institute was made possible by a gift from Hugh and Virginia McCormick. Mr. McCormick, a direct descendant of a Civil War veteran, held a lifelong interest in promoting, preservation and education in this field.

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