Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Upcoming events

Tuesday Dec 6, 2022. 7:00 p.m. ET. Virtual Book Group: The Untold Civil War. VCCWS director Paul Quigley will lead an online discussion of The Untold Civil War, authored by our founding director James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr. The event is sponsored by Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Register by November 9 to ensure your copy of the book arrives in time. For full details and registration link: Book Discussion with Paul Quigley: ‘The Untold War’ by James I. Robertson | College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences | Virginia Tech (

Thurs Dec 8, 2022. 7:00 – 8:15 ET. “Spectacle of Grief: Public Funerals and Memory in the Civil War Era.” An online lecture by Dr. Sarah Purcell about her new book. Spectacle of Grief examines how the public funerals of major figures from the Civil War era shaped public memories of the war and allowed a diverse set of people to contribute to changing American national identities. Public mourning for military heroes, reformers, and politicians distilled political and social anxieties as the country coped with the aftermath of mass death and casualties. Large-scale funerals for figures as diverse as Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson  and Frederick Douglass fostered public debate about the meanings of the war, Reconstruction, race, and other issues. Advance registration is required:

March 24-26, 2023. Virginia Tech’s Annual Civil War Weekend. With the theme “Civil War Journeys,” this year’s speakers include Caroline E. Janney, Garry Adelman, Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Ted Widmer, and Lorien Foote. Immediately following the weekend, there is an optional two-night field trip to Washington D.C., where we will explore sites such as Ford’s Theater and Fort Ward. For full details and registration, go to

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