“A House Divided…”: Dissent, Disagreement & Subversion During the Civil War Era
Saturday, April 6, 2019
The Civil War era’s events–John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, the secession crisis, and four years of brutal conflict–divided more than North and South. In the spring of 2019 Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and an all-star faculty of nationally recognized Civil War historians (Dennis Frye; recently retired chief historian from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute; Paul Quigley, director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech; and Jennifer Weber, associate professor of history at University of Kansas) will examine the ways the Civil War era’s events strained relations among political officials of the same government, soldiers of the same army, communities, and friends.
Finalized Schedule of Sessions
8:30-9:15 a.m. Check-in at Hester Auditorium, Henkel Hall, Shenandoah University (1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA)
9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome by Dr. Jeff Coker, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
9:30-10:30 a.m. Jonathan A. Noyalas, “Are We Traitors & Cowards”: Dissent in the Shenandoah Valley
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m. Dennis Frye, John Brown: The Spark that Ignited the Fuse
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch in Allen Dining Hall and opportunity to view virtual reality recreation of John Brown’s Trial
1:00-1:35 p.m. “Whether I Write to the Dead or the Living”: Learning from Cool Spring’s Veterans (alumni and student panel with Jake Gabriele ’18 (chair), Antoni Blanco, Kelly Evans, Jessica Kronenwetter, Sarah Powell, Shelby Shrader ’17, and Shelby Sprague)
1:35-1:45 p.m. Break
1:45-2:45 p.m. Jennifer Weber, Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North
3:45-3:00 p.m. Break
3-4:00 p.m. Paul Quigley, Fire in the Rear: Jefferson Davis’s Confederate Adversaries
Registration fee of $50 covers the cost of all presentations and lunch. For students with a valid id registration is $25. For Shenandoah University students registration is FREE, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Shenandoah University employees may register for the conference at a reduced rate of $25. Please use the registration form on the MCWI website to register. Space is limited so register early! Questions about registration can be directed to Stephanie Swaim in the College of Arts and Sciences at email@example.com or phone 540-545-7293. Other questions about the seminar can be directed to Prof. Noyalas at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 540-665-4501.