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.

Visit the Library for links and resources regarding the Civil War.

Let the Civil War Come To You!

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

Save the date:
Sunday, May 17, 2015 – Civil War Living History Day at Manor College
Experience a re-enactment by the 28th Pennsylvania Regiment, encampments, black powder weapon displays, a first-person narration by Harriet Tubman, strolling generals and much, much more. Bring the family! Call the Continuing Education office at 215-884-2218 for more information.

 

Civil War Institute Classes for Spring 2015


Events of 1865 (NEW)
This new course examines six of the pivotal and thrilling events of the last year of the Civil War: The story of Andersonville Prison; the Sultana explosion; the attack and battle of Fort Fisher; the last Confederate surrender, C.S.S. Shenandoah; the surrender of Joe Johnston’s Army to General Sherman; and the exploits of General JO Shelby and the Missouri Raiders.
Wednesdays, 1/7 - 2/11
6:30-8:30 pm
$150
Room 37
Several instructors

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


Charleston, Cradle of Secession
South Carolina was the first Southern state to secede, and no city in South Carolina was as avidly secessionist as Charleston. Fort Sumter in Charleston’s harbor became the focal point of the secession crisis, and the firing on Sumter launched the Civil War. This course begins with the Sumter crisis, describes the Union’s efforts to subdue the city and concludes with the raising of the Union Flag over Fort Sumter.
Wednesdays, 2/25 - 3/11
6:30-8:30 pm
$79

Room 37
Instructor: Jerry Carrier

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

Assassinated Presidents and Their Medical Treatment (NEW)
“The President has been shot!” Ever since 1835, this shout has echoed through the history of the United States. This new course examines the numerous attempts to assassinate the President from Andrew Jackson to the present; the background & motivation of the assassins; and the wounds and often controversial medical treatment received by the Presidents.
Thursdays, 2/19 - 3/5
6:30-8:30 pm
$79
Room 38
Instructors: Hugh Boyle and Herb Kaufman

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

The Appomattox Campaign
On April 9, 1865 in Wilmer McLean’s parlor in the obscure hamlet of Appomattox Court House, an era came to an end.  Robert E. Lee, last of the great traditional generals, surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, the first of the great modern generals.  This three-session course describes the drama of the event that, for all practical purposes, brought an end to the Civil War, as well as the retreat and pursuit that led to the surrender. 
Mondays, 3/9 - 3/23
6:30-8:30 pm
$79
Room 36
Instructor: Pat Caldwell

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



The Lincoln Assassination
The assassination of our 16th president will be studied as an historical event. The military, social and legal aspects of 1865 will be analyzed. Special emphasis will be given to the conduct of the military commission that tried the alleged conspirators. Guilty or not guilty?  Justice or no justice? 
Thursdays, 4/9 - 5/21 (excluding 5/14)
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
This course will explore the work of doctors and nurses who ministered to the sick and wounded before antibiotics and the science of bacteriology existed, when crude sanitation and ignorance of the dangers of polluted water were deadly.  In the Civil War, more soldiers died of disease than of battle wounds. The course will explain how military doctors became medical explorers in treating disease, and why there were so many amputations. You will see how the medicine of the day met the horror of the battlefield. 
Mondays, 4/13 - 5/4
6:30-8:30 pm
$105
Room 36
Instructor: Herb Kaufman

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