Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Upcoming events

Tues Oct 12, 2021. 7:00 PM ET. “Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee’s Army after Appomattox.” A free online lecture and discussion with Dr. Caroline Janney (University of Virginia), about Dr. Janney’s new book. In this dramatic new history of the weeks and months after Appomattox, Janney reveals that Lee’s surrender to Grant was less an ending than the start of a period marked by military and political uncertainty, legal and logistical confusion, and continued outbursts of violence. Following the story of Confederate soldiers, Union officers, and both white and Black civilians, she explores the messy birth narrative of the Lost Cause. Click here for free zoom registration.

Sat Nov 6, 2021. “Lies and Truths of the African American Soldiers in the United States Colored Troops of the Civil War.” The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies is helping sponsor a panel discussion at Historic Smithfield in Blacksburg, featuring panelists Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, Kevin Levin, and Dr. Caroline Newhall. The panel is part of “A Day of Honor: Sergeant Thomas Fraction,” commemorating this Civil War soldier who escaped from slavery in Blacksburg. More information is available at Smithfield’s website.

Tues Nov 16, 2021. 7:00 PM ET. “Choctaw Confederates: The American Civil War in Indian Country.” A free online lecture and discussion with Dr. Fay Yarbrough (Rice University) about Dr. Yarbrough’s new book. The Choctaw Nation officially sided with the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Choctaw legal authorities even deemed any criticism of the Confederacy or of the Confederate army to be a form of treason against the Choctaw Nation and punishable by death. What accounts for this level of commitment to the Confederate cause among the Choctaws? Click here for free zoom registration.

March 25-27, 2022. Civil War Weekend: A Tribute to Dr. Bud. Join us in Blacksburg as we celebrate the remarkable life and career of our founding director, Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr. (1930-2019). Registration details will be available later in the fall.

April 21-23, 2022. The Great Strike: Slavery During the American Civil War. The center will sponsor an academic conference in Blacksburg exploring the history of slavery and enslaved people during the war years. Professors Crystal Feimster (Yale University) and Jaime A. Martinez (UNC-Pembroke) will deliver keynote presentations. For more information, check out the conference page here.

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