Historic Blakeley Park, Spanish Fort, AL, will host a symposium on the Civil War, offering a wide-ranging program with a special focus on the 1864-1865 campaign to capture Mobile, Alabama. Papers, presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits will cover the home front and memory/commemoration, as well as military operations in the Western Theater/Lower Seaboard and Gulf Approach. The program will consider related matters, including methods of research, interpretation, and preservation. Faculty at all levels, public historians, independent scholars, and upper-division undergraduate or graduate students are encouraged to present. Besides historians, presenters will include archeologists, archivists, conservationists, and reenactors. Expected attendees include members of the armed forces, ROTC cadets, and the general public, as well as scholars and specialists. The last day will be on the ground, discussing specific points in the Battle of Blakely, battlefield interpretation and preservation, with related demonstrations. The symposium intends to publish a proceedings. Any royalties or profits from proceedings will go to the Historic Blakeley Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity. Participants must register for the symposium. Submit inquiries and proposals electronically. *Note: The correct spelling of the military fortifications is Fort Blakely with one e. The correct name of the park, named for Josiah Blakeley, is Blakeley with two e’s.
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