23 January 2008

Liberty University's 12th Annual CW Seminar

“The Day is Ours”
by Dale Gallon

Image courtesy of Gallon Historical Art, Gettysburg, PA

Reaping the Whirlwind:
The Battle of Gettysburg

2008 Liberty University Civil War Seminar

March 28 – 30, 2008

On March 28-30, 2008 Liberty University will present its 12th annual Civil War Seminar. This year's program is titled Reaping the Whirlwind: The Battle of Gettysburg. Featured speakers and performers include:

Dr. Brenda Ayres is a Professor of English at Liberty University who founded its Victorian Society and whose publications include Dissenting Women in Dickens' Novels; Miss Gusta, or, the Victorian Mobilian; The Life and Works of Augusta Jane Evans Wilson; Silence Voices: Forgotten Novels by Victorian Women Writers; and The Social Problem Novels of Frances Trollope.

Kent Masterson Brown is a practicing attorney with law offices in Lexington, KY, and Washington, DC, whose books include Retreat From Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign, Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander, and The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State.

Dr. Tom Desjardin served as the historical advisor for Jeff Daniels who portrayed Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the motion picture Gettysburg. His books include Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign, Joshua L. Chamberlain: A Handbook, and These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory.

Reverend Alan Farley is a co-founder and the director of Reenactor’s Mission for Jesus Christ and appears all over the nation portraying a CSA chaplain at Civil War reenactments and living histories and is the co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the National Civil War Chaplains Research Center and Museum.

Dr. Brad Gottfried has had a long career in higher education, beginning as a faculty member and is the current president of The College of Southern Maryland. His books include The Maps of Gettysburg, Brigades to Gettysburg, The Roads to Gettysburg, and The Battle of Gettysburg: A Guided Tour. He has also published numerous magazine articles on the battle.

Drs. Darlene and Michael Graves are Professors of Communication at Liberty University. In addition to their teaching in the M. A. program at Liberty, they have respectively written for and co-edited Precious Memories: The Rhetoric of Southern Gospel Music. For the 2006 LU Civil War Seminar they produced a dramatic reading of excerpts from Rod Gregg’s From Fields of Fire and Glory: Letters of the Civil War.

Troy Harman has been a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1989 and has served at numerous national parks such as Appomattox Court House National Historic Park and Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. His works include Lee’s Real Plan at Gettysburg and Cemetery Hill: The General Plan was Unchanged.

Jerry Markham is a veteran Civil War reenactor who is the captain of the 11th VA, Company G, The Lynchburg Home Guard reenacting group, and is a historian whose works include The Botetourt Artillery, Confederate Veterans Buried in Hollywood Cemetery from Camp Lee Soldiers Home 1894-1946, and the Diuguid Records 1861–1865 and Biographical Sketches.

Ben Maryniak is a Civil War artifacts collector and authority on Union chaplains during the Civil War who lives in Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Brian Melton is an Assistant Professor of History at Liberty University and the author of Sherman’s Forgotten General: Henry W. Slocum and a number of scholarly articles and reviews that have appeared in professional journals and magazines. He has presented his research at various conferences, including the prestigious Southern Historical Association.

Dr. Ethan Rafuse is a member of the Department of Military History at the US Army Command and General Staff College whose works include McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union, George Gordon Meade and the War in the East, and A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas. He is also the author of two books that will appear later this year:

Antietam: A Battlefield Guide and Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865.

David Rider is a veteran Civil War reenactor who is the secretary of Company C 2nd Regiment U.S. Sharpshooters, based out of Gettysburg, PA, and is also captain of Huckstep's 1st Fluvanna artillery of the

Longstreet’s Corps reenacting organization. In addition to doing volunteer work for the NPS at Gettysburg, he is also involved in the business side of his unit and maintains the Company’s Website at www.BerdanSharpshooters.com.

Delanie Stephenson is a veteran reenactor and a history teacher at Hopewell High School who wrote “Robert E. Lee Behind Closed Doors for The Citizen’s Companion.” In addition to these accomplishments, she has spoken to UDC, SCV, and community organizations on the life of Mildred Childe Lee.

The 2nd South Carolina String Band is a nationally renowned Civil War era musical group which uses authentic instruments and has appeared in Gods and Generals and on the soundtracks of Ken Burns’ PBS productions Jazz and Mark Twain. The band’s CD’s include Dulcem Melodies, High Cotton, and The Southern Soldier.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. is an author and a regular contributor to the Washington Times’ Civil War column whose works include Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man’s Friend, The Maxims of Robert E. Lee for Young Gentlemen, and Christian Business Legends. He is also a co-producer of the recently released video Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story and hosts the Old Virginia Blog.

Eric Wittenberg is a practicing attorney from Columbus, Ohio, and a prolific author whose works include Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, Protecting the Flanks: The Battles for Brinkerhoff's Ridge and East Cavalry Field, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863 , Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg, and Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions.

Dr. Steven Woodworth, a two-time winner of the prestigious Fletcher Pratt Award, is Professor of History at Texas Christian University who specializes in the Civil War and Reconstruction. His books include Davis and Lee at War, Leadership and Command in the American Civil War, and Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign.

In addition the Friday night banquet and the Saturday luncheon, both which will feature antebellum menus and entertainment, will be special door prizes and an exhibit of paintings depicting scenes from the Battle of Gettysburg.

On Saturday there will be a period ball, featuring the music of the 2nd South Carolina String Band, in the Grand Lobby of DeMoss Hall, and on Sunday morning there will be a period church service held in the Whorley Prayer Chapel.

The event will be held in Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Everyone is encouraged to secure reservations for this seminar by Wednesday, March 26. Admission to the seminar is $55 (which includes all of the seminar sessions, the Friday night banquet, and Saturday’s luncheon). After March 26, 2008, the price for both days is $65. Admission to the Seminar for Friday only is $25; admission for Saturday only is $30.

Admission to the ball is $25/couple and $15/single. (Please note that boots or shoes with heel plates will not be permitted. This will be checked at the door. Please plan accordingly.)

Make out checks to The 2008 Liberty University Civil War Seminar and mail to the following address:

The Liberty University Civil War Seminar

c/o Dr. Cline Hall

History Department

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA 24502

Special lodging rates at the Days Inn of Lynchburg are available for those who will be attending the seminar. For pricing and location of lodging, call 434-847-8655. For special group pricing for the seminar or more information, call 434-592-4366 or email or klburdeaux@liberty.edu. See full schedule of events here: www.liberty.edu/civilwar.

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