Civil War Conversation

  • 159 Horseshoe Road
  • Appomattox, VA 24522

Civil War Conversation- “My Dancing Days Are Over:” The Story of Dorsey Pender

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

 Explore the motivations and mindset of one Confederate officer, Dorsey Pender, through his correspondence with his wife and the first-hand accounts of his actions from the men with whom he fought. Led by Brian Steel Wills, Kennesaw State University.

 Civil War Conversation- Mark Twain and the Civil War

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:30pm

 Samuel Clemens, an unemployed riverboat captain in 1861, joined the Confederate Missouri Militia. How long did he stay and what influence did it have on him and his writings? Led by Don Jones, Volunteer, The American Civil War Museum.

 Civil War Conversation- The Fourth of July and the Civil War

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:30pm

 How did Americans celebrate their national anniversary when the country appeared to be falling apart? Join Virginia Tech’s Paul Quigley, Ph.D., to explore Civil War Americans' varied attitudes toward the Fourth of July. 

 Civil War Conversation- Sectionalism and Secession: The West Virginia Statehood Movement

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

 In 1861, as Virginia deliberated whether or not to secede from the Union, the state’s northwestern counties began debating whether or not to secede from Virginia. Explore the political, economic, and social forces behind western Virginia's secession and eventual admission into the Union as America's thirty-fifth state. Led by Kevin Barksdale, Marshall University.

 Civil War Conversation- Appomattox's Peace Memorial

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:30pm

 In the summer of 1932, though the War Department was moving forward with plans to erect a Peace Monument at Appomattox Court House, the monument was never built. Discover the fierce battle that erupted on the ground where peace had been secured nearly seventy years earlier. Led by Caroline Janney, Purdue University.

**Light refreshments served at 6:30, talk begins at 7:00, and Q&A with speaker to follow each meeting.