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

 

The Real Mercy Street:  Civil War Hospitals
“Mercy Street,” a new PBS series filling the “Downton Abbey” time slot, is set in a fictitious Civil War hospital in Alexandria, VA.  This course will show what life was really like in hospitals north and south – including Philadelphia, which was home to many such institutions, large and small.
Thursdays, 1/21-1/28/16 (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.

Civil War Literature
During the Civil War and the years following, poetry, books, personal narratives and other literature were written to explain the war.  This course will explore various literary personalities who used experience, perception and creativity to help shape the meaning of the war and its time period through different lenses.
Thursdays, 2/18-2/25/16  (2 nights)
6:30-8:30pm
$55
Instructor: Walt Lafty

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 facto secession 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.

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.

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.