"Beyond the Battlefield": 2023 Signature Conference

The Nau Civil War Center's 2023 Signature Conference, "Beyond the Battlefield: New Perspectives on Civil War Soldiers," will take place on Friday, April 14, 2023, in UVA's Small Special Collections Library auditorium. The conference will feature presentations by Elizabeth D. Leonard, Judith Giesberg, Hilary N. Green, Megan L. Bever, and Zachery A. Fry, and it will be free and open to the public.

Conference Schedule

9:00am: Doors open

9:45am: Opening remarks from Caroline E. Janney

10am: Megan L. Bever, Missouri Southern State University, "The Problem of Spirits: Soldiers Debate Medicine, Morale, and Masculinity"

11am: Judith Giesberg, Villanova University, "Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of Modern Morality"

noon: Break for lunch

1pm: Zachery A. Fry, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, "Voices of Loyalty: The Army of the Potomac and its War with the Copperheads, 1863"

2pm: Hilary N. Green, Davidson College, "The Won Cause in the Cumberland Valley: African American Memory in the Jesse G. Thompson GAR Post of Carlisle, PA"

3pm: Elizabeth D. Leonard, Colby College, "Reassessing Benjamin 'Beast' Butler"

Friday, April 14, 2023
Time and Location: 
9:30am to 4pm, Small Special Collections Library