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Liberty to host 2012 Civil War Seminar

September 17, 2012 : Liberty University News Service

Liberty University will present its 16th annual Civil War Seminar, “1862—The Rise of Lee and Grant,” Friday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Sept. 30, at Liberty University School of Law, located in Green Hall.

The following lectures will feature nationally renowned authors:

  •  “Grant’s Mississippi Campaign and the Opening of the Vicksburg Campaign,” Michael Ballard
  •  “Helping Hands: The Beginning of the U.S. Christian Commission,” Alan Farley
  •  “Incidents in the Life of a U.S. Christian Commission Cook,” Sharon Hahnlen
  •  “The Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, Brian Jordan
  •  “The Battle of Fredericksburg, George Rable
  •  “1862: The Rise of General U. S. Grant, Brooks Simpson
  •  “The Battle of Shiloh,” Timothy Smith
  •  “A Clash of Ironclads: The USS Monitor vs. the CSS Virginia,” Greg Starbuck
  •  “Abraham Lincoln and the Beginning of the End of Slavery,” Daniel Stowell
  •  “The Captures of Forts Henry and Donelson,” Spencer Tucker
  •  “1862: The Rise of General R. E. Lee/The Seven Days’ Campaign,” Steven Woodworth

In addition to the lectures, papers will be presented by scholars from around the country. There will also be an online simulation of the Battle of Antietam by teams of high school and college students.

Numerous exhibits of Civil War artifacts and memorabilia will be on display for the public and vendors will have various Civil War items for sale.

Special tours of the National Civil War Chaplains Museum on Liberty’s campus will be conducted in the afternoon each day.

The seminar will conclude with a special period church service at Liberty’s prayer chapel on Sunday, led by the Rev. Alan Farley of Re-enactor’s Missions for Jesus Christ.

The event is free to all middle, high school, college, and home-schooled students.

A special banquet will be held Friday night; admission is $20. The cost for Saturday’s lectures is $15/person or $25/family.

For more information, including times, go to Everyone is encouraged to secure reservations for the seminar by Monday, Sept. 24. Go to or call (434) 582-SEAT (7328).

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