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.

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The Civil War in World History

Documents Compass Assistant Editor William B. Kurtz recently attended The American Civil War in a Global Context conference and brought back this report.
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.

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.

Picturing Antietam

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