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


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.

 

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
This course will help you to understand the factors that led up to America being at war with itself.  In the first session, you will learn about the seeds of independence and slavery. The second session will cover topics about the “nullification crises” and the “manifest destiny”. The third and final session will examine “popular sovereignty” and end with “the gathering storm.” 
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.