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 for Fall 2014

The Election of 1864 – NEW
Many believed a presidential election in the midst of a war was irresponsible and that a successful one would be a miracle.  Abraham Lincoln did not think so, and he had the most to lose.  Would Lincoln even get his party’s nomination, and if he did, would he have a chance of gaining a second term? The fate of America would hang on the answer.
Hugh Boyle, instructor.  Thursdays, Nov. 6, 13, 20.  $79.
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Room 41
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

 

Death of an Army: The Franklin-Nashville Campaign
When William T. Sherman marched from Atlanta to the sea in November 1864, his recent opponent, John Bell Hood, marched in the opposite direction.  Hood’s quixotic scheme to recapture Tennessee ended tragically for his army – which was gutted at Franklin, where six Confederate generals died, and disintegrated at Nashville.
Jerry Carrier, instructor. Mondays, Nov. 17, 24; Dec. 1.  $79.
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Room 13
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.


Events of 1865 (NEW)
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
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)
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.