Free Civil War seminar planned at Longwood

Published 11:03 am Thursday, January 28, 2016

On Saturday, Feb. 6, Appomattox Court House National Historical

Park, Eastern National Bookstore, The Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy and the Center for Southside Virginia History at Longwood University will host the 17th annual free Civil War Seminar at Jarman Auditorium on the Longwood University campus in Farmville.

In keeping with sesquicentennial themes of the seminars from 2011 through 2015, this year’s theme will focus on the aftermath of the surrender and the legacies of some of the key figures involved.

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Being 2016, this year’s program is one of many that will help celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. No registration is required and parking is available on campus.

The schedule for the day’s events is: 8:30 a.m. — doors open; 9 a.m. introduction by Dr. David Coles, associate professor and chair, Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy, Longwood University; 9:10 a.m. Ernie Price: “Marching out of Formation: Confederates Going Home after Appomattox;” 10:15 a.m. Patrick Schroeder: “Appomattox: After the Surrender to 1965;” 11:15 a.m. Rick Hatcher: “Return to Fort Sumter;” 12:30 p.m. lunch; 1:45 p.m. Frank O’Reilly: “Uneasy Alliance: Brokering Peace with Grant and Lee;” 2:45 p.m. Eric Wittenberg: “Wade Hampton and Joshua Chamberlain: Parallel Lives Well Lived;” 4 p.m. seminar concludes.

During the seminar, there will be opportunities to buy books by the authors present and have them signed. There will be other books and items for sale by the park’s bookstore, Eastern National.

For more information about the speakers please visit or for questions contact Dr. David Coles at (434) 395-2220 or Patrick Schroeder at (434) 352-8987 ext. 232.