Civil War History Day at the Chicago Historical Society
Symposium & Army Encampment Reflect Tumultuous Time
Discover new insights into the War Between the States at the Sixth Annual Civil War History Day on Saturday, September 28, at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark Street and North Avenue.
The Chicago Civil War Symposium on September 28 features a variety of topics beginning with Angela C. Wilson speaking on the topic, Resisting American Imperialism: The U.S. – Dakota War of 1862. Arthur F. Foley focuses on the music of the great conflict in his presentation, The Sounds of Discord: Music from the Civil War.
Dead men do tell tales, and attendees can hear some of them during the presentation including analyzing the remains from the C.S.S. Hunley, Forensic Investigation of Military Burials from the Civil War by the renowned Douglas W. Owsley. John E. Clark will explain the great importance of modern transportation, and how it led to a Union advantage, in Civil War Railroads: A Comparison of Union and Confederate War Management.
Based upon his highly acclaimed new book of the same title, David W. Blight will speak on Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Blight’s talk will focus on how the memory of the Civil War affects our perceptions of the conflict today.
Participants will be among the first to hear author T.J. Stiles’ new views on Jesse James, when Stiles concludes the symposium with a preview of his new book, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War (Knopf). Stiles, who argues the famous outlaw was a product and remnant of the War Between the States, will be available immediately after the final session for his only scheduled Midwest book signing.
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