Civil War Classes

Course Offering

The Civil War comes to life with diversified and specialized courses which delve more deeply into historical accounts from this period of time than the average history class. Learn about more than just names, dates and events with our certified and well-versed instructors who are all members of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table.

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Courses and/or presentations can be scheduled for your organization, at any time, at YOUR location.

 

Civil War Institute Classes


Civil War Officers: Heroes and Fools, Patriots and Duels
When we think of the Civil War, we often concentrate on the valorous acts of bravery and leadership among the officers. However, there is much more that rarely is told. This course takes an in-depth look at the lives of Civil War officers, the heroic and brave, as well as the rogues and cowards.
Thursdays, 5/21-6/4
6:30-8:30 pm
$79
Room 13
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

 

Life from the Home Front to the Battlefield
A comprehensive look at the varied and sometimes little-known roles civilians played during the Civil War. The course offers an overview of 19th century life with an emphasis on women in the literary, medicine and nursing worlds, as well as in the military service.
Wednesdays, 6/10-6/24
6:30-8:30 pm
$79

Room 20
Instructors: Paula Gidjunis and Sandy Kaufman
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

 

Gettysburg: The Aftermath
The biggest battle ever fought on American soil obviously had a major impact on the outcome of the war and on the men who fought it. But it also changed the lives of the civilians who lived in the little Pennsylvania crossroads town. When the armies left, the people of Gettysburg had to pick up the pieces.
Mondays, 7/13 – 7/27
6:30-8:30 pm
$79
Room 33
Instructor: Nancy Caldwell
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Opening the War in the West
The first strategic breakthroughs of the war came not in Virginia, but Tennessee, where an obscure Union brigadier became an overnight celebrity as “Unconditional Surrender” Grant, and where the conflict’s first bloodbath – Shiloh – demonstrated war’s human cost. 
Wednesdays, 9/9 - 9/23 (3 nights)
6:30-8:30 pm
$79
Room 21
Instructor: Jerry Carrier

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

First Bull Run
In July 1861, two naïve and inexperienced armies clashed beside a stream known as Bull Run at Manassas Junction, Virginia, a suburb of Washington. The day would signal that “one single battle” would not be enough to settle the conflict.  
Mondays, 9/14 - 9/21 (2 nights)
6:30-8:30 pm
$55
Room 36
Instructor: Pat Caldwell

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Confederate Commerce Raiders
Outnumbered and outgunned armies may turn to guerrilla warfare to even the odds.  The Confederacy, with no navy, turned to the seagoing equivalent – commerce raiding – in an effort to loosen the North’s strangling blockade. 
Wednesdays, 10/7 - 10/14 (2 nights)
6:30-8:30 pm
$55
Room 21
Instructor: Matt Bruce

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Lincoln: A Life
The image of Honest Abe, the rustic railsplitter who saved the Union and freed four million from bondage, is much too simple. Beneath the homespun façade was a brilliant mind, consuming ambition, political shrewdness, and a compassionate heart. 
Thursdays, 10/15 - 11/19 (6 nights, core course)
6:30-8:30 pm
$150
Room 38
Instructor: Hugh Boyle

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Civil War Medicine
The doctors and nurses who treated sick and wounded soldiers faced a daunting task: Antibiotics and the science of bacteriology didn’t exist; crude sanitation and polluted water were deadly.  In the Civil War, more soldiers died of disease than of battle wounds.  Military doctors had to become medical explorers.  And why were there so many amputations?
Mondays, 11/9 - 11/23 (3 nights)
6:30-8:30 pm
$79
Room 36
Instructor: Herb Kaufman

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Abe and Mary
The President and his first lady had an often-troubled marriage, but it was a strong political alliance, as well.  (Sound familiar?)
Thursday, 12/3 (1 night)
6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Room 19
Instructor: Hugh Boyle

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Researching the War
With the right techniques and resources, you too can be a Civil War historian.  You can gain more insight into specific battles – or learn the role your own ancestor played in the conflict. 
Thursday, 12/10 (1 night)
6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Room 19
Instructor: Herb Kaufman

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Philadelphia in the Civil War
More famed for its Revolutionary heritage, Philadelphia was a major Civil War city.  It was a huge hospital and arsenal, and many Philadelphians played prominent roles in the war.    
Thursday, 12/17 (1 night)
6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Room 19
Instructor: Herb Kaufman

To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.