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 Fall 2019 Classes

Philadelphia in the Civil War – 1 day (2 hrs.) – Philadelphia is best known for its connection to the American Revolution, but the city and its residents played a major role during the Civil War, as well – especially as a supplier of war materiel and as home to many military hospitals.  Philadelphia also was a principal station on the Underground Railroad.
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
Fee: $30
Time: Saturday, Sept. 21, 10am-12:00pm
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1864:  The Year of Grant – 1 day (2 hrs.) – Despite successes at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Chattanooga the previous year, Union victory was not assured when 1864 began.  In fact, by September, the two major Union armies were stalemated, and Confederate victory seemed more likely. Union fortunes turned around dramatically in the fall, due largely to U.S. Grant, who had taken overall command and radically changed how the war would be fought.
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
Fee: $30
Time: Saturday, Oct.5, 10:00am-12:00pm
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Lincoln’s Assassins NEW – 1 night (2 hrs.) – Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, but his death was only part of a wider conspiracy to decapitate the U.S. government.  Lincoln, Secretary of State William Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson were all targeted for simultaneous murders that night. This class will look at the men, and one woman, who were to carry out these crimes – who they were, how they became involved with John Wilkes Booth, their roles, arrests, trial and punishment.  
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
Fee: $30
Time:  Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30pm
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The Life of the Common Soldier – Core Course – 4 nights (8 hrs.) – 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.”
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
Postponed until Spring!  


“Vicksburg Is the Key” – 2 nights (4 hrs.) – Those were President Lincoln’s words about the most strategic city in the Confederacy.  Vicksburg was a natural fortress that controlled navigation on the Mississippi River, and Jefferson Davis called it “the nailhead that holds the South’s two halves together.”  U.S. Grant combined persistence and creativity to capture “The Gibraltar of the South” on July 4, 1863.
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
Fee: $55
Time: New: Mondays,  Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 6:30pm
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card


“Riding the Rails to Victory” NEW– 1 night (2 hrs.) – The 1850s had seen enormous growth in the railroad industry, but the Civil War was the first war in which railroads were a major factor. From the Pratt Street riots in Baltimore on April 19, 1861, until the surrenders at Appomattox and Durham Station in April 1865, railroads would play a key role in how both sides conducted their operations, both offensively and defensively. This course will focus on the many major battles and campaigns whose outcomes, without the railroads, could have been drastically altered.
Instructor: Walt Lafty
Fee: $30
Time: Monday Dec. 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card