Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute Spring Conference--April 2, 2022

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On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute will host its annual spring conference--"Beyond the Mere Routine of Everday Life": Encounters & Experiences during the Civil War. The conference will feature presentations by Jonathan A.  Noyalas (Shenandoah University); Kathryn J. Shively (Virginia Commonwealth University); Lauren K. Thompson (McKendree University); and Jonathan W. White (Christopher Newport University). Additionally, the day will feature a special session showcasing the work of SU students and alumni who have researched the backgrounds of U.S. veterans residing in the Shenandoah Valley at the time of the 1890 census. Registration fee of $30 covers the cost of all sessions and lunch. The conference will be held on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for students--please email for additional details about this opportunity.

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Schedule of Sessions:

8:30-9:15 a.m.: Check-in, Henkel Hall, Shenandoah University (1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA)

9:15-9:30 a.m.: Welcome and unveiling of "A Good Cause": Letters from the Ninth New York Heavy Artillery

9:30-10:30 a.m. "Am Becoming an Abolitionist Fast": Union Soldiers' Encounters with the Shenandoah Valley's Enslaved (Jonathan A. Noyalas, Shenandoah University)

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia (Kathryn J. Shively, Virginia Commonwealth University)

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch in Allen Dining Hall

1-1:35 p.m.: "Outlived the Odium Placed Upon them by the F.F.V.'s": Learning from the 1890 Veterans Census (alumni and student panel)

1:35-1:45 p.m. Break

1:45-2:45 p.m.: "A Cessation of Hostilities": The Uses and Misuses of Civil War Soldier Fraternization (Lauren K. Thompson, McKendree University)

2:45-3 p.m.: Break

3-4 p.m. In a House Built by Slaves: African American Encounters with Abraham Lincoln (Jonathan W. White, Christopher Newport University)