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

American Civil War Classes and Seminars:
Washington in the Civil War – 2 hrs
The Union capital had a unique role, especially as it was situated in the midst of Confederate sympathy. Explore life in the city during this tumultous time.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 12 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee: $29
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

The Battle of Antietam – 4 hours
Sept. 17, 1862, saw the bloodiest day in American military history, and one of the most decisive battles of the war.  Federals and Rebels pounded each other through the Cornfield, across the Sunken Road and over Burnside’s Bridge. The narrow Union victory gave President Lincoln the chance to announce the Emancipation Proclamation.
Dates:  Mondays, Jan. 23 and 30, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $55
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

Life of the Common Soldier – 8 hours (Core course)
Who served in the armies of the Blue and the Gray?  What were their living conditions?  What were their thoughts as they marched into battle?  This class describes the soldier’s life, which has been described as “weeks of utter boredom, interrupted by moments of sheer terror.”
Dates: Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23, March 2 and 9, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $105
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

The Role of Horses in the Civil War – 2 hours
Horses and mules played a critical role in the Civil War – as mounts for officers and cavalry, or as motive power for artillery and supplies. This classes also describes some of well-known and less-known horses of the Civil War
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $29
Instructor: Nancy Caldwell
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

Philadelphia in the Civil War –2 hours
The city and its citizens played a major role during the Civil War, particularly as suppliers of war materiel.
Date: Wednesday, April 5. 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $29
Instructor: Herb Kaufman. 
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 


The Battle of Fredericksburg – 4 hours.
On Dec. 13, 1862, the Army of the Potomac, under Ambrose Burnside, suffered its most disastrous defeat. Futile assaults on Confederate positions brought about the slaughter of many Union soldiers. This class will explore why the Union lost, portray the brave men who fought, and the strategies and blunders that made this battle one of the most memorable in the Civil War.
Dates: Wednesdays, April 12 and 19, 2017
Time : 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $55
Instructor: Walt Lafty. 
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

The Irish in the Civil War – 4 hours
Both Blue and Gray had a generous touch of green.  So why did these men fight and die so bravely in a country that was new to them?  And what generals were more gallant then the Union’s Phil Sheridan and the Confederacy’s Pat Cleburne?
Dates: Mondays, May 8 and 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $55
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

 

World War II Seminars:(new)

The Music That Got Us Through World War II – 2 hours 
During the war, radios were filled with new patriotic and sentimental songs.
The music, highlighted by many original 78 rpm records, that has been woven into the fabric of our American culture are presented. Learn about the composers, bands and singers that got us through the war.
Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $29
Instructor: Herb Kaufman. 
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Pearl Harbor: The Surprise Was Complete – 2 hours
The shout of “General Quarters” rang throughout the fleet. Explore the political background, eyewitness accounts and historical analysis of the attack that brought the United States into World War II.
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $29
Instructor: Herb Kaufman. 
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.