Description: This presentation offers a different perspective on the causes of the American Civil War — a perspective propounded by the ancient Greek general and historian Thucydides in the 5th Century, B.C. Far from being unique to his time and place, his principles endure through the ages, right up to today. They may help us understand the outbreak of our own Civil War.
Appomattox: End and Beginning
Christopher Kolakowski Thursday, 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Description: War's end is also peace's beginning, and how well that transition happens can impact both sides for decades and generations. This talk will examine the Civil War's end in Virginia, discussing the events, their context, and how they ripple into the 20th Century and beyond.
Why is Historical Fiction important as it is related to the Civil War?
Description: Given that ‘historical’ (facts) seems to clash with ‘fiction’ (make believe), it is obligatory to research the history of a story so that the writer has a command of the world in which the story lives. Only through understanding and tracing the effects and implications these true events have on made-up characters can those events ‘come alive’. When a character does and says things that resonate so personally that they drop the reader right into the shoes of those characters, readers live through what the characters do, feel and say. That reader is entertained, has been moved and has also learned something about a world never known before, all at once.
The Civil War and Reconstruction are such rich and dramatic periods of our history, they demand our attention now more than ever. Weaving true events into dramatized stories is a powerful and direct way to connect a new generation of Americans to this penultimate part of our past. The inciting incident of my novel is inspired by one such true event.
Duty, Honor and Country: West Point and the Civil War
Description: Perhaps no other single educational institution had such a profound effect on the course of the American Civil War as West Point. Founded in 1802 and located on the banks of the Hudson River in New York, West Point graduates led the war effort at all levels for both sides. Join historian Wayne E. Motts as he explores the United States Military Academy’s contribution to the war.
Thursday Opening Lunch
Dr. Gary Gallagher Thursday Opening Lunch, 1:00 pm