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Lessons in History Presentation with Steve T. Phan

May 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Join us as we welcome Steve T. Phan as he presents: Forgotten Fighters: Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War, May 14, 2022, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm, Education Gallery, first floor.

May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), the National Park Service created handbooks that featured the stories, accounts, and narratives of people largely included from the traditional scholarship related to the conflict. Asian and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War, published in late 2014, highlighted the forgotten service of dozens of soldiers who served in the Union and Confederate armies and navies during the Civil War. Historian Steve T. Phan, who was featured in the publication, will present a lecture on the unknown citizen soldiers of Asian descent who participated in some of the war’s largest battles, and campaigns in nearly every military theatre from Virginia to California. Their fight continued long after the guns fell silent in 1865. The struggle for citizenship and equality endured well into the 20th Century and the vestiges are still keenly felt today.

The 2022 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries. The National Civil War Museum will follow CDC and OSHA/HHS guidance as well as orders and recommendations from federal/state/local governments and our state and local health officials.

About the Speaker:

Steve T. Phan is a historian and public speaker residing in Central Kentucky. A military history scholar of the Civil War era, Phan’s research focuses on military occupation, operational command, African American soldiers and refugees, and fortifications during the Civil War. He is the author of articles about Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Civil War and the Defenses of Washington for numerous publications. He holds a master’s degree in American History from Middle Tennessee State University.


May 14
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The National Civil War Museum