Shifting Perspectives on the Civil War Experience

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Sponsored by: The Nau Center for Civil War History at UVA


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Historians James J. Broomall (Private Confederacies), William B. Kurtz (co-editor, Soldiers of the Cross), and Thavolia Glymph (The Women’s Fight) share their research and writing from the personal side of the Civil War. These books follow the lives of Southern men, Catholic chaplains and sister nurses, and the role of women to provide new and important perspectives for our understanding of the War. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“By following the private writings of Southern men through secession, civil war, and defeat, James J. Broomall has written a fresh, lively, and rigorous emotional history of the Confederacy. Private Confederacies reveals how Southern men lived through the eras historians typically use to organize the past into tidy epochs. At the same time, Broomall unflinchingly underscores the pernicious cause for which they fought–slavery and white supremacy–and its violent manifestations in postwar vigilante violence.” —Timothy J. Williams, University of Oregon

“This edited work of David Power Conyngham’s unpublished manuscript is a tour-de-force―a much needed history of the significant work of Catholic chaplains and sister nurses during the American Civil War. With clarity and historical sophistication, it is a great addition to scholarship on the Civil War, gender and religious history, and the history of American health care and society. The editors bring alive the many stories of well-known and more ‘hidden’ chaplains and sister nurses from both the North and South who helped change larger societal perceptions of Catholics, all for the positive.” —Barbra Mann Wall, Thomas A. Saunders III Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia

“In prose that is both lyrical and riveting, Glymph, with her usual keen eye for issues of race, class, and section, breaks new ground in this story of how women met, understood, and responded to the exigencies of the Civil War.”—R. J. M. Blackett, author of Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery

“Glymph helps us draw together and make sense of a multitude of female experiences in wartime. By putting the African American experience at the center of her book, she also shifts our perspective on what it means to think about ‘the women’s Civil War.” —Nina Silber, author of This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America

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