“Revealing the Face of War: Confederates’ Experiences at the Battle of Gettysburg” with Dr. James J. Broomall
Please join us for a special lecture with Dr. James J. Broomall, PhD as he presents "Revealing the Face of War: Confederates' Experiences at the Battle of Gettysburg". Following the discussion, there will be a book signing with Dr. Broomall kicking off his new book entitled "Private Confederacies" - The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers.
How did the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction shape the masculinity of white Confederate veterans? As James J. Broomall shows, the crisis of the war forced a reconfiguration of the emotional worlds of the men who took up arms for the South. Raised in an antebellum culture that demanded restraint and shaped white men to embrace self-reliant masculinity, Confederate soldiers lived and fought within military units where they experienced the traumatic strain of combat and its privations together--all the while being separated from suffering families. Military service provoked changes that escalated with the end of slavery and the Confederacy's military defeat. Returning to civilian life, Southern veterans questioned themselves as never before, sometimes suffering from terrible self-doubt.
Drawing on personal letters and diaries, Broomall argues that the crisis of defeat ultimately necessitated new forms of expression between veterans and among men and women. On the one hand, war led men to express levels of emotionality and vulnerability previously assumed the domain of women. On the other hand, these men also embraced a virulent, martial masculinity that they wielded during Reconstruction and beyond to suppress freed peoples and restore white rule through paramilitary organizations and the Ku Klux Klan.
Dr. James J. Broomall, PhD is the Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War and the Assistant Professor of History at Shepherd University located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
This special lecture is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.
Jeffry Wert will present on his book "Civil War Barons." This presentation is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the Galleries.
Following the presentation, the new exhibit “The Business of War" will be unveiled. The Business of War exhibit will discuss how private businesses adapted to a war economy and contributed to or detracted from the war effort in their Union or Confederate sphere of influence. The exhibit will focus on businesses that worked with their respective governments and how that relationship helped or hurt both parties. Special attention will be paid to companies that have stood the test of time and continue to operate to this day. The Business of War exhibit will remain open through December 31, 2019.
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Camp 15, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is proud to host this lecture on Civil War Medicine with Dr. Richard Schroeder and CRNA Fran Feyock .
Cost to attend the lecture is free of charge, Regular admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.
“The Fate of a Confederate Deserter after Gettysburg” On August 20, 1863, thirteen veteran soldiers from the 3rd North Carolina decided that they’d had enough of war. That evening, in the blackness of night, they picked up their rifles, slung on their cartridge belts, and escaped into the woods. From that point on there was no turning back.
Join Professor Pete Carmichael of Gettysburg College and learn why these soldiers deserted and what happened to them during their journey. This lecture will focus on the words of John Futch, one of the thirteen deserters. Though he was illiterate, Futch left a remarkable set of letters that he dictated to his comrades. Futch’s powerful story puts us in the shoes of a deserter, enabling us to see his world after the devastating defeat in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This speech is part of Dr. Carmichael’s newest book entitled, The War for The Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought and Survived in Civil War Armies. Dr. Carmichael will be on hand to sign books after his presentation.
Admission to this special program is FREE to the public.