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 Spring 2021 Classes

Due to the current pandemic, and in hopes of ensuring the safety of all, all sessions in the summer will now be accessible through Zoom. Upon registration, patrons will be sent a link with a password that will enable them to access the course. A reminder email will be sent again within 24 hours of the start of the class. 

Brilliance and Tragedy:  The Saga of H.L. Hunley – NEW – 

On Feb. 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley left Charleston Harbor and sank a blockading Union warship.  Soon after sending the U.S.S. Housatonic to the bottom, the submarine also sank. The wreck’s location was a mystery until 1995, when a team of divers sponsored by writer Clive Cussler discovered the nearly-intact Hunley.  It was raised and carefully excavated. The skeletons of all eight crew members were removed, studied, and reburied at Magnolia Cemetery with full military honors. 

Instructor:  Mike Jesberger
Date: Thursday, Feb. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $30 –click here

Road to Ruin, March to Glory  –  4 hours – 

“It surely was a strange event, two hostile armies marching in opposite directions, each in the full belief if was achieving a final and conclusive result in a great war.” Thus said William Tecumseh Sherman of the 1864 campaigns that followed the fall of Atlanta.  John Bell Hood marched northwest in a quixotic attempt to capture Nashville.  All he managed to do was shatter his own army.  Sherman marched southeast to Savannah in his legendary March to the Sea. The Georgia march was destructive, but the early 1865 march through the Carolinas was even more devastating. 

Instructor:  Jerry Carrier
Special offer – take one or the other session for $30 or both for only $55! 
Dates:  Wednesday, Feb. 24 (Hood’s campaign)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee:  $30 – click here

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Dates:  Saturday, March 6 (Sherman’s campaign)
Time: 10 a.m.-noon.
Fee: $30 – click here

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Both Road to Ruin, March to Glory sessions:

Dates:   Feb. 27 (Hood’s campaign) & March 6 (Sherman’s campaign)
Times: 6:30-8:30 pm & 10am to noon.
Fee:  Special price for combining both classes:  only $55  – click here

POTUS and SCOTUS: Lincoln and the Supreme Court – NEW 2 hours – 

Most Civil War scholars know that Abraham Lincoln had to cope with a major rebellion, a fractious Congress and less-than-competent generals.  Less known are the barriers posed by a pro-Southern Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, author of the infamous Dred Scott decision.  On the plus side, Lincoln made a lasting impact on the court with the justices he appointed during his term.

Instructor:  Hugh Boyle
Date:  Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $30 – click here