Walt Whitman thought "The real war will never get in the books." The poet and U.S. Army Nurse felt the suffering during the Civil War too great and passion of the men too strong to reach posterity. In an effort to make the words in history books more vivid--and address some of the limitations of the written word and classroom tutorials--this course brings students to sites crucial to the war: Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and the surrounding towns. It presents students with an opportunity to see where the men fought their enemies, where women and children huddled as cannons roared, and were free African Americans hid as Confederate enslavers marched through their communities. Perhaps Whitman was right, but the combination of lectures from leading scholars, visits to battlefields, and emersion in Civil War history with professionals examining the conflict from various perspectives provides students a chance to get as close as someone in the twenty-first century can to the heroism and humanity of those living through the war.
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Be a high school graduate or above.
- Participants seeking academic credit for the program must be able to read the required text and participate in discussions.
- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
April 17, 2020 (Ogden)
June 12-19, 2020 (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)