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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Civil War Institute Classes


The Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg
This course designed to explore the Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg, June 3 through July 4, 1863.  The course will focus on the correspondence, communication, orders and memoirs of the citizens, soldiers and politicians of the era.  As well as the Battle of Gettysburg, learn about the Southern viewpoint of the campaign, the response in the North, the biographies and actions of the officers on both sides, controversies of the battle, critical decisions and lesser known actions that affected the outcome of the battle, cavalry actions and controversies.
Wednesdays, 3/23 – 4/27/16 (6 nights)
6:30-8:30pm
$150
Instructor: Herb Kaufman

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

Lee’s Retreat from Gettysburg/Evolution of the Battlefield
The first class tells how a defeated Robert E. Lee overcame sagging morale and violent rainstorms to lead his army back to Virginia, where it would fight for two more years.  The second class explores the fascinating development of the place we know today at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Mondays, 5/9 – 5/16/16 (2 nights)
6:30-8:30pm
$55
Instructor: Herb Kaufman

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

 

The Free State of Jones
In a movie with this title, which opens May 13, a disillusioned rebel soldier, portrayed by Matthew McConaughey, leads residents of Jones County in de factosecession from the state of Mississippi – and the Confederacy.  The film is billed as a true story; this class will explore just how true it is.   
Saturday, 5/14/16 (1 morning)
10:00 am - noon
$29
Instructor: Jerry Carrier

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


Lincoln at Gettysburg
The most celebrated speech in American history was not dashed off by President Abraham Lincoln on the back of an envelope during a train ride from Washington.  The painstaking development of this memorable two and a half minutes is the subject of this course.
Thursdays, 5/26 – 6/2/16  (2 nights)
6:30-8:30pm
$55
Instructor: Hugh Boyle

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

Secrets and Spies
Both sides hated spies and considered their craft less than honorable.  Still, both sides used espionage, with varying degrees of success.
Wednesday, June 8
6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Instructor: Herb Kaufman

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

Murderer, Adulterer, Embezzler and the Yankee King of Spain
Talk about fools and scoundrels!  Dan Sickles was all of the above, and more. Hugh Boyle will outline the 90-plus years of "Devil Dan's" roguish life and checkered career.
Wednesday, June 15
6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Instructor: Hugh Boyle

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

Lincoln’s Boys
Lincoln's three secretaries -- John Nicolay, John Hay and William Stoddard -- had responsibilities seldom entrusted to men so young.  They also forged distinguished careers after the war.
Monday, June 27

6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Instructor: Jerry Carrier

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

Duels, Fools and Scoundrels
The war produced a variety of truly colorful characters, both Northern and Southern.  You couldn't call them successful or, in many cases, even clever, but they were never boring.
Wednesday, July 13

6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Instructor: Herb Kaufman

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

Shattered Lives of the Lincoln Assassination
When John Wilkes Booth fired his derringer, Abraham Lincoln was not the only victim.  Other casualties included Lincoln's family, cabinet and friends, and even Booth's co-conspirators.  Hugh Boyle is the instructor.
Thursday, July 28
Room 34
6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Instructor: Hugh Boyle

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

War is All Hell
No Civil War leader was more complex or quotable than William Tecumseh Sherman, who at various times was called a madman, a genius and (briefly) a traitor.  
Monday, August 8
Room 37
6:30-8:30 pm
$29
Instructor: Jerry Carrier

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