“Another Era in Our War Life”
When the Home Front Became the Battle Front
Saturday, April 7, 2018
America’s Civil War did not occur in some far off hinterland, but rather in communities, families’ back yards, and farms. In the spring of 2018 Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and an all-star faculty of nationally recognized Civil War historians (Eric Campbell, Allen Guelzo, CWI’s director Jonathan Noyalas, Frank O’Reilly, and Anne Sarah Rubin) will examine the various ways some of the conflict’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 armies and war’s devastating hand.
Draft Schedule of Day’s Activities
8:30-9:15 a.m. Check-in at Hester Auditorium, Henkel Hall, Shenandoah University Campus
9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
9:30-10:30 a.m. Jonathan A. Noyalas (Shenandoah University), “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 (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park), 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 (Gettysburg College), How the Town Shaped the Battle, Gettysburg, 1863
1:45-2:00 p.m.: Break
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Anne Sarah Rubin (University of Maryland), Northern Scout, Southern Civilians: George W. Quimby’s Adventures during Sherman’s March
3:00-3:15 p.m.: Transport/caravan to Sheridan’s Field Hospital Site (across from SU campus)
3:15-4:00 p.m.: Eric Campbell (Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park), Interpretive Program at Sheridan’s Field Hospital Site