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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Civil War Institute Classes 

This semester, we will take a comprehensive look at the largest battle ever

“Vicksburg Is the Key.”  With this quote, President Lincoln himself recognized that the fortress city on the Mississippi River was the South’s most strategically important site.  U.S. Grant’s campaign to approach, besiege and finally capture Vicksburg and its defenders had more impact on the war’s outcome than even the “high water mark” at Gettysburg.
Wednesdays, 3/14/18 & 3/21/18 (two nights – rescheduled from January due to weather)
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. 

Gettysburg:  A Town in Turmoil.   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.
Monday, 3/19/18 (one night)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee: $30
Instructor: Nancy Caldwell
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address (New).  On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave his greatest speech. It is remembered, recited and memorized more than any speech in history, but what is behind these words? How did the President on short notice come up with these everlasting words? Lincoln was facing the difficulties of war, family problems and sickness – and still was able to focus on the central issue of the day. Find out how the speech came about and its impact on the United States in 1863 – and its impact today.
Monday, 4/9/18 (one night)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee: $30
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Save the Date:  If these Gettysburg classes leave you hungry for even more knowledge about the iconic battle, come to Manor College on Saturday, May 19, for an all-day event that will feature four distinguished speakers.  Each speaker will focus on a different aspect of the battle and its aftermath.

Closing the Last Rebel Port:  The Battles for Fort Fisher.  This class will cover the two campaigns to capture Fort Fisher, recognized as the Confederacy’s most powerful seacoast fortification. It protected Wilmington, North Carolina, the South’s last major Atlantic port. The class will also encompass the personalities involved and their effect on the successes and failures of the campaigns.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Instructor:  Paula Gidjunis
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

“Old Fuss and Feathers”: America’s Greatest General. During his 53 years of service, Virginia native Winfield Scott was the hero of the War of 1812, the guiding genius behind America’s victory over Mexico, and the Army’s general-in-chief for 20 years!  By the time of the Civil War, the 75-year-old Scott was too frail – and overweight – to lead troops in the field, but before his retirement in 1861, he devised the strategy that ultimately won the war.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Instructor:  Jerry Carrier
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Congressman Lincoln.  Abraham Lincoln spent two years in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1847 to 1849.  It was a true learning experience for young Abe.  His stance against the Mexican War and President James K. Polk were his outstanding moments. His time in the Capitol and the friends he made were stepping stones for his return to Washington in 1861 as President.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Instructor:  Hugh Boyle
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

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