The Center’s signature conference for 2016-2017, “The Shenandoah at War: Soldiers and Civilians in Virginia’s Great Valley,” will be held on March 31, 2017. Speakers will include Joseph T. Glatthaar of the University of North Carolina, Stephen B. Cushman of the University of Virginia, Caroline E. Janney of Purdue University, Edward Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond, Kathryn Shively Meier of Virginia Commonwealth University, and John Matsui of the Virginia Military Institute. The lecturers will address military and nonmilitary dimensions of the Valley’s experience during the Civil War, as well as the ways in which the Shenandoah figured in postwar memory.
The event will be held in the auditorium of UVA's Special Collections Library. The conference is free and open to the public.
Here is the conference lineup and schedule:
8:00: Coffee available
8:30: Opening remarks from Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon
8:45-9:30: Stephen B. Cushman, University of Virginia, “Destruction, Reconstruction, and Richard Taylor's Happy Valley”
9:40-10:25: John Matsui, Virginia Military Institute, “Overgrown Sows and Puritans: Religion and Occupation in the Valley, 1862-64”
10:35–11:20: Kathryn Shively Meier, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Duty to My Country and Myself: Jubal Early on His Defeat in the Shenandoah”
11:30-12:00: Question and Answer Session #1
1:15-2:00: Joseph T. Glatthaar, University of North Carolina, “Generalship, Politics, and Personalities: The Union High Command During Jubal Early's Raid on Washington in 1864”
2:10-2:55: Caroline E. Janney, Purdue University, “Going Home: Disbanding the Remnants of Lee’s Army in the Valley”
3:15-4:00: Edward L. Ayers, president emeritus of the University of Richmond, “The War in the Valley as the War in Microcosm”
4:15-4:45: Question and Answer Session #2
4:50-5:00: Farewell remarks from Gary Gallagher and Elizabeth Varon