Shenandoah University McCormick Civil War Institute’s Annual Spring Conference
April 6 @ 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
“A House Divided…”: Dissent, Disagreement & Subversion During the Civil War Era
The Civil War era’s events–John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, the secession crisis, and four years of brutal conflict–divided more than North and South. In the spring of 2019 Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and an all-star faculty of nationally recognized Civil War historians (Dennis Frye; recently retired chief historian from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute; Paul Quigley, director of Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech; and Jennifer Weber, associate professor of history at University of Kansas) will examine the ways the Civil War era’s events strained relations among political officials of the same government, soldiers of the same army, communities, and friends.
Schedule of Day’s Activities
8:30-9:15 a.m. Check-in at Hester Auditorium, Henkel Hall, Shenandoah University (1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA)
9:30-10:30 a.m. Jonathan A. Noyalas, “Take Off Your Badges of Disunion”: Dissent in the Shenandoah Valley
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m. Dennis Frye, John Brown: The Spark that Ignited the Fuse
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch in Allen Dining Hall
12:45-1:45 p.m. Jennifer Weber, Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North
1:45-2:00 p.m. Break
2-3:00 p.m. Paul Quigley, Fire in the Rear: Jefferson Davis’s Confederate Adversaries
3-3:10 p.m. Break
3:10-4:00 p.m. Concluding panel and book-signing with speakers
Registration fee of $50 covers the cost of all presentations and lunch.