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Civil War Lecture Series

Civil War Commemoration Lecture Series, 2014-2015 Academic Year

As the nation marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Angelo State University History Department offers a series of lectures, which explore the many facets of the conflict.  Showcasing the strength of Angelo State University’s faculty from various disciplines, the series also brings in scholars from around the country to share their research and passion for history with students and San Angelo residents. 

For additional information, please contact the History Department at 325-942-2324 or email at

All events, unless otherwise noted, will be held at the C. J. Davidson Center in the Houston Harte University Center at Angelo State University.  Additionally, all events, unless otherwise noted, will begin promptly at 7:00 P.M. and will conclude by 8:30 P.M.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014: “Abraham Lincoln’s Constitution” with Dr. Brian Dirck (Anderson University), renowned Lincoln scholar and author of, among others, Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865 (2001), Lincoln the Lawyer (2007), and Lincoln and the Constitution (2012).  This event will coincide with the American Library Association’s traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” which will be hosted by the West Texas Collection (mid-September through October, 2014). This event is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014: “The U.S. Cavalry and Its Horses in the Post-Civil War Indian-Fighting Army” with Dr. Emmett Essin (East Tennessee State University).  Location: Fort Concho Stables.
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014: “‘The Civil War, College Football, and the American Pursuit of Masculinity” with Dr. Jim Hindman (President Emeritus, Angelo State University).
  • Monday, January 26, 2015: “Religion and the Civil War” with Dr. April Holm (University of Mississippi).
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015: “The Legal History of the Civil War” with Dr. Mark Weitz. Location: Fort Concho Commissary
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015: “More Civil War Music” with Dr. Jeff Womack (Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts) and Kathryn Ostrofsky (Dept. of History)
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015: “Civil War Journalism & Photography” with Mr. Preston Lewis (former director of the Office of Communications and Marketing) and Ms. Tina C. Doyle (Dept. of Communication and Mass Media).
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015: “From Civil War to Civil Rights” with Drs. Christine Lamberson and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (Dept. of History).


Past Events:

Civil War Commemoration Lecture Series, 2011-2012 Academic Year

  • September 7: “The Civil War Comes to Texas”, Fort Concho Commissary; Panelists: Dr. Arnoldo De León (History Dept., ASU) and Mr. Curtis Milbourn (History Dept., ASU)
  • October 11: “Civil War Commanders: Ulysses S. Grant vs. Robert E. Lee,” Oct. 11, C. J. Davidson Center; Panelists: Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (History Dept., ASU), “Ulysses S. Grant,” and Dr. Bill Taylor (Security Studies Dept., ASU), “Robert E. Lee.”
  • November 15: “Guerilla Warfare, Counter-Insurgency and the Lessons of the Civil War,” C. J. Davidson Center; Panelists: Dr. Ken Heineman (History Dept., ASU), “General Thomas Ewing Jr. and the Missouri Borderlands” and Dr. Robert Ehlers (Security Studies Dept., ASU), “Aftermath: The Truisms, Continuities and Discontinuities of Irregular Warfare.”
  • January 24: “Virtual Staff Ride of the Gettysburg Battlefield,” C. J. Davidson Center; Orientation Leader of the Staff Ride: Dr. Bill Taylor (Security Studies Dept., ASU); Discussants: Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (History Dept., ASU), “Day 2 – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain,” and Mr. Preston Lewis (Dir. of Communications and Marketing, ASU), “Day 3 – George Pickett.”
  • February 12: “Emancipation, 1862,” Fort Concho Commissary; Panelists: Dr. David Dewar (History Dept., ASU), “The Moderate Republican View” and Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (History Dept., ASU), “The Abolitionist Stance.”
  • March 20: “Civil War/Total War,” Fort Concho Commissary; Panelists: Cory Robinson (Fort Concho), “Before San Angelo, Benjamin Grierson Dropped by on Mississippi,” and Dr. Ken Heineman (History Dept., ASU): “William Tecumseh Sherman Demonstrated that War is Hell;” Moderator: Dr. Robert Ehlers.
  • “A New Birth of Freedom: The Post-Civil War World,” 7 p.m. April 17, 2012, Davidson Center, Roundtable: Dr. John Klingemann (History Dept., ASU), “Mexico, 1910” and Dr. Rob Nalbandov (Security Studies Dept., ASU), “Georgia, 1989.”

Civil War Commemoration Lecture Series, 2012-2013 Academic Year

  • Sept. 17, “Reading the Civil War:  Favorite Civil War Books,” by campus and community speakers, Porter Henderson Library.
  • Oct. 16, “Civil War Literature,” by ASU English faculty, C. J. Davidson Conference Center, Houston Harte University Center. 
  • Nov. 13, “Mules, the Civil War and the Texas Frontier,” Dr. Emmett Essin, professor of history, East Tennessee State University, Fort Concho Stables. 
  • Jan. 29, “Soldier Motivation and Life,” Drs. Bill Taylor (Dept. of Security Studies, ASU) and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (Dept. of History, ASU), C. J. Davidson Center. 
  • Feb. 8, “The Problem of Slavery in Early Texas,” Dr. Andrew Torget, assistant professor of history, University of North Texas, Fort Concho. 
  • March 26, “An Evening of Civil War Music,” Dr. John Irish (Department of Visual and Performing Arts) and the Ice House Brass, 7 p.m., Davidson Center. (With special guest, Dr. John Carroll, principle trumpet of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.)
  • April 16-17, “My Beloved Companion:  A Dramatic Reading of the Civil War Letters of James and Frances Catherine Wood,” ASU Auditorium, Mayer Administration Building.  (Written by Harriet & Preston Lewis and directed by Dr. Bill Doll of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.)

Civil War Commemoration Lecture Series, 2013-2014 Academic Year

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2013: Screening of “Prince Among Slaves” and discussion of the trans-Atlantic slave trade with Drs. John Klingemann and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (Department of History, ASU).  Screening begins at 6 P.M. and discussion begins at 7:30 p.m.

This first event has been created in collaboration with the Muslim Journeys program (Bridging Cultures Bookshelf)—the result of a grant to ASU’s Porter Henderson Library from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Library Association).

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association, the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Oxford University Press, and Twin Cities Public Television. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.)

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013: “Lincoln, His Party, and Civil War Era Politics,” with Drs. Tony Bartl, Matthew Gritter, and Deanna J. Watts (Department of Political Science & Philosophy, ASU).
  • Thursday, November 14, 2013: “Trails of Blood: Escaping the Confederacy” with Dr. Lorien Foote (Department of History, Texas A&M) 

This event is being co-sponsored by the Gender Studies Program at ASU.  The organizers wish to thank Dr. Paul K. Swets, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, for funding.

  • Friday, November 15, 2013: A discussion with Dr. Lorien Foote about her book The Gentlemen and the Roughs.  Location: Nasworthy Suite, Houston Hart University Center.  Time: 8:00-9:30 A.M.
  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014: “‘With High Hope for the Future’: Western Expansion and Conservation in a New Nation” with Drs. Kenna Archer and Jason Pierce (Department of History, ASU).
  • Monday, February 17, 2014: “Memory and Meaning:  Civil War Memorials and Their Artistic Antecedents” with Dr. Kimberly Busby (Department of Visual and Performing Arts, ASU).
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2014: “The Texas Historical Commission’s Sesquicentennial Activities” with William McWhorter, (Program Coordinator, Military Sites Program, History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission).

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) established its Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Initiative in 2010 with the goal of increasing public knowledge of agency programs and state historic sites that interpret and preserve Civil War sites and topics across the state. The initiative’s three primary projects are associated with interpretive efforts at Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark (Cameron County), the Texas Civil War Monument series, and by 2014, the new digital update of the Texas in the Civil War theme brochure. Mr. McWhorter will provide attendees with a presentation on the THC’s efforts to date, and our planned projects in 2015 at Palmito Ranch Battlefield and Galveston.

  • Thursday, March 27, 2014: “Baseball and the Civil War” with Bob Bluthardt (Site Manager, Fort Concho) and Dr. David Dewar (Department of History, ASU).  This event will feature a nineteenth-century style baseball game prior to lectures on the parade grounds at Fort Concho featuring the Fort Concho Enterprise Baseball Club and the San Angelo Kids Baseball Club.  The baseball game will begin at 6 P.M. and the lectures (in the Fort Concho Stables) will start at 7:00 P.M.  This event is being supported by the Fort Concho Foundation.
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014: “Medicine and the Civil War” with Dr. Robert Hicks (Measey Chair for the History of Medicine and Director of the Mutter Museum & Historical Medical Library at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia).  This event is being sponsored by the Fort Concho Foundation, Shannon Medical Center and Shannon Clinic.  Additional gracious support has been provided by a grant to the West Texas Collection (ASU) by the Civil War 150 program, presented by the Library of America in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Department of History graciously thanks, aside from all the presenters, Fort Concho, Dr. Paul K. Swets, the Gender Studies Program at ASU, the West Texas Collection, the Porter Henderson Library, Shannon Medical Center and Shannon Clinic, the Texas Historical Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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