Event Schedule

16th Annual Civil War Symposium

1863: The Tide of War Turns
Saturday, October 5, 2013
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Plan to join us for a combination of historical analysis on the third year of the Civil War combined with living history displays and outdoor activities.

No registration fees will be charged for this year’s Civil War Symposium, however participants still must register for this event. Boxed lunches are not available, although attendees can bring along a lunch, take advantage of Cantigny’s two fine restaurants, or drive off-site for fast food or other restaurant options in the area.

The speakers and presentations include:

Michael Ballard, Mississippi State University
Atrocities at Milliken’s Bend: U.S. Grant, Racism, and the Siege of Vicksburg.

James Downs, Connecticut College
Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War.

Robert Girardi, Independent Scholar
The Union High Command at Chancellorsville.

Stephen Towne, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Fighting Desertion and Disloyalty: The Rise of Army Intelligence Operations in the Midwest in 1863.

During lunch, chat with fellow Symposium participants, tour the Soldiers’ Encampment, watch Civil War soldiers clash, or tour the outstanding museum and grounds at Cantigny. Fun, educational crafts and activities for children and adults alike will be available. Books relating to the Symposium topics and the Civil War in general will be available for purchase.
The Soldiers’ Encampment and outdoor activities are free to the public and continue through Sunday, October 6, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Teachers can earn CPDUs through The First Division Museum for attending this event.

Registration

To register, or for more information, contact the National Archives at Chicago at:
Phone: (773) 948-9001
Fax: (773) 948-9050
E-mail: chicago.archives@nara.gov

Visit our home page at http://www.archives.gov/chicago/public/programs/calendar.html.

Re-Enactment

Saturday, October 5-Sunday, October 6, 2013
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Outside of the presentations, there will be living history displays throughout the grounds. Meet Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and the common civil war soldier. Tour the Soldiers’ Encampment, listen to Civil War era music from the Battlefield Balladeers, watch Union and Confederate soldiers skirmish, or explore the outstanding museum and grounds at Cantigny. Fun, educational crafts and activities for children and adults alike will be available.

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