Civil War Sesquicentennial

2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War and the beginning of the end of slavery in America.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities joins the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission in commemorating this tumultuous chapter in America’s history.

Here is a compilation of some of the work VFH is engaged in related to the Civil War and its anniversary.

Explore More: Civil War

Image courtesy Library of Congress

Dreams of the Civil War

Jonathan White says you can write a whole history of the Civil War through the dreams of people who lived through it.
Union and Confederate veterans at Gettysburg, 1913 (Library of Congress)

Gettysburg 150th

Brendan Wolfe covers the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a series of blog posts.
Brogan-style shoes worn by private Page Lapham of 2nd Company,
Washington Artillery of New Orleans.
COURTESY OF THE MUSEUM OF THE CONFEDERACY

Stepping into Myth

One of the most persistent legends surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place 150 years ago, is that it was fought over shoes.
The American Civil War at Home

The American Civil War at Home

This conference brings together noted Civil War historians to consider how the Civil War changed Virginia and the nation in the year of the war’s turning point, 1863.
antietam1

Picturing Antietam

Brendan Wolfe reflects on the first photos ever taken of American war dead at the Battle of Antietam.