Friday, March 25, 2011

Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture Series

During the next five years, I will be presenting a series of lectures as part of the SAIL program at Collin College's Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture Series.  The eleven class program will cover the events from Lincoln's election to Booth's capture.   The lectures will use PowerPoint slides with personal photographs, internet animations, and videos.

Last Picture of Lincoln
 From Springfield to Fort Sumter
The class will trace the events from Lincoln's election to the Union response to the capture of Fort Sumter. (1 session - Summer 2011)

Battle of Wilson's Creek

The Major Civil War Battles of 1861
The class will discuss the battles at Manassas (First Bull Run), VA on July 21, 1861 and Wilson's Creek, MO on August 10, 1861. (2 session - Fall 2011)

Battle of Fort Donelson
 The Major Civil War Battles in Spring of 1862
The class will discuss the battles at Fort Donelson, TN (February 11-16, 1862), New Madrid/Island No. 10, MO (February 28-April 8, 1862), Shiloh, TN (April 6-7, 1862), Glorieta Pass, NM (March 26-28, 1862), Forts Jackson and St. Philip, LA (April 16-28, 1862), and Pea Ridge, AR (March 7-8, 1862). (5 sessions - Spring 2012)

Stonewall Jackson
Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign
The class will cover Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Campaign from March through May. The battles discussed will include Kernstown I, Winchester I, Cross Keys, Port Republic, and Front Royal. (2 sessions - Spring 2012)

Battle of Malvern Hill
The Peninsular Campaign
The Peninsular Campaign, which includes the Seven Days Battles, was a contest between General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and General George McClellan's Army of the Potomac. The campaign includes Hampton Roads, Gaines' Mill, and Malvern Hill. (3 sessions - Fall 2012)

Battle of Antietam
 The Major Civil War Battles in Fall 1862
The class will discuss the battles at Manassas (Second Bull Run) (August 28-30, 1862), Antietam, MD - September 16-18, 1862, Fredericksburg, VA (December 11-15, 1862) and Stones River, TN (December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863). (4 sessions - Fall 2012)

Battle of Vicksburg

Civil War Battles in Spring 1863
This class will discuss two of the major Union victories in the Civil War: Vicksburg and Gettysburg. The battles covered include Lee's brilliant victory at Chancellorsville, VA (April 27-May 4, 1863), Grant's Vicksburg Campaign, and Port Hudson (May 21-July 9, 1863).  (5 sessions - Spring 2013)

Battles of Chattanooga
 Civil War Battles in Fall 1863
The battles near Chattanooga marked Grant's transition from the Western to Eastern theater of war. The class will cover Chickamauga, GA (September 18-20, 1863) and Chattanooga, TN (November 23-25, 1863).  (2 sessions - Fall 2013)

Battleof the Wilderness
Civil War Battles in Spring/Summer 1864
Grant moves east and engages Lee's Army of Northern Virginia in a series of battles in the Overland Campaign. Among the battles discussed will be the Wilderness, VA (May 5-7, 1864), Spotsylvania Court House, VA (May 8-21, 1864), and Cold Harbor, VA (June 3-12, 1864). (3 sessions - Spring 2014)

Civil War Battles in Fall 1864
This class will focus on Sheridan's Valley Campaign including the battles of Opequon, VA (September 19, 1864) and Cedar Creek, VA (October 19, 1864) and Hood's disastrous Franklin-Nashville Campaign including the battles of Franklin, TN (November 30, 1864) and Nashville, TN (December 15-16, 1864).
(2 sessions - Fall 2014)

April 1865
This class will trace the last days of the Civil War using Jay Winik's book, April 1865. The class will cover each day of the war during that historic month including the collapse of Confederate defenses around Petersburg, the flight of the Confederate government from Richmond, Lee's desperate retreat to and surrender at Appomattox Court House, Lincoln's assassination, and Booth's capture. (2 sessions - Spring 2015)

Copies of the lectures will be available on

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