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 2019 Classes

Beyond the Battlefield of Stones River – 1 night (2 hours).  With a casualty rate among the highest of the war, Stones River, near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was the last battle of 1862 and the first of 1863.  But the political landscape in Kentucky, Tennessee – and Washington – that led up to the battle was as portentous as the combat itself.
Instructor: Walt Lafty
Fee:  $30
Time: Thursday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
To Register: Call (215) 884-2218 click here to register online with a credit card.

 Lincoln’s Humor – 1 night (2 hours).  Abraham Lincoln’s stories  are legendary. He seemed to have one for each occasion, no matter how serious. Where did they come from, and had he always had this gift of humor? We will look at how this wonderful gift developed and how he used it to cope with difficult situations. Not everyone appreciated this style; even his own Cabinet members at times were frustrated with his tales and stories. Let’s explore Lincoln and his special gift of humor.
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
Fee: $30
Time: Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

The Legends of Stonewall Jackson –1 night (2 hours).  Religious fanatic. Inept professor nicknamed “Tom Fool” by his students.  Tender, loving husband and father.  Ruthless warrior on the battlefield.  Secretive general who was the despair of his subordinates he kept in the dark.  Incurable hypochondriac. Military genius who kept three Union armies at bay in the Shenandoah Valley. True stories and fanciful myths about Thomas Jonathan Jackson abound.  And where did he get all those lemons?
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
Fee: $30
Time: Monday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

1864: America’s Most Crucial Election – NEW– 1 night (2 hours).  The outcome of this election, held in the middle of the Civil War, would determine the future of the United States. Abraham Lincoln would face not just a Democrat challenger but election interference from the Confederate government, the Copperhead movement in the North and Radicals in his own Republican Party. There would be attacks from the Confederate Secret Service in Canada, bank robberies, the burning of New York, even biological warfare – all to intimidate and influence the election. Lincoln also faced unpopularity because of the war’s casualties. How Lincoln overcame these obstacles was vital to America’s future. Without his victory, the Union would have been dissolved. The Election of 1864 saved America.
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
Fee: $30
Time: Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card.

1863:  Year of Decision –NEW– 1 night (2 hours).  The country had weathered nearly two years of bloody war by Jan. 1, 1863.  Although the Union had suffered a devastating loss at Fredericksburg, President Lincoln felt confident enough to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, in hopes of keeping England and France from throwing their support to the Confederacy. The Confederate victory at Chancellorsville came with a terrible price, Lee’s attempt to bring the war to the North was costly, and the North gained control of the entire Mississippi River with the fall of Vicksburg. The war would drag on for another 16 months, but neither side would be the same as 1863 drew to an end.
Instructor: Steven Wright
Fee: $30
Time: Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card.

“Be Free or Die”: The Saga of Robert Smalls – NEW– 1 night (2 hours). Of the thousands of escaped slaves who entered Union lines, only one brought a Confederate ship with him.  On May 12, 1862, in a feat both daring and brilliant, Robert Smalls, with 15 others, piloted the CSS Planter out of Charleston Harbor and into the custody of the U.S. Navy.  Afterward, he served in both the U.S. Navy and Army and earned an officer’s commission.  Postwar, Smalls became the first African-American member of the U.S. Congress.
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
Fee: $30
Time: Monday, Aug. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card.


The Civil War Institute of Manor College and the Delaware Valley Civil War Round table present:

“Victory has no charms for men when purchased at such cost.”

Perspectives on the Battle of Gettysburg.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Location: Manor College
FREE ADMISSION: per car parking donation requested
10:00 a.m.

“Little Round Top, A Reexamination of Its Importance at the Battle of Gettysburg”
Presented by Herb Kaufman, Faculty of the Civil War & History Institutes of Manor College
For years historians have made the assumption that had the Confederate troops managed to seize Little Round Top, the entire battle would have changed dramatically. Herb will take a contrarian view and reexamine these assumptions based on the comparison of Little Round Top on the Federal left, versus the Battle for Culp’s Hill on the Federal right flank.

11:00 a.m.
“Longstreet’s Famous Countermarch, July 2, 1863”
Presented by Matt Atkinson, Park Ranger and historian, Gettysburg National Military Park
Join Matt as we explore one of the most controversial exploits of the Battle of Gettysburg; – Longstreet’s movement to get into attack positon. This presentation dispels the myths and takes a honest look at what actually happened on that fateful morning.

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Cafeteria:  Lunch, book signings, discount book sales, and an opportunity to explore the displays and exhibits.

1:00 p.m.
“General Sickles at Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard”
Presented by Jim Hessler, author, historian & Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide
Jim will discuss the colorful life of Major General Daniel E. Sickles based on his classic and award winning biography.  He will examine Sickles infamous forward movement, his command decisions, and the impact of his decision on both the Union defense and Confederate attack.

2:00 p.m.
“Maine Roads to Gettysburg: How Joshua Chamberlain, Oliver Howard, and 4,000 Men from the Pine Tree State Helped Win the Civil War’s Bloodiest Battle”
Presented by Tom Huntington, author and historian
Based on his new book, Tom will tell the heroic history of the soldiers from Maine during the Battle of Gettysburg: the famous 20th Maine; the furious stand of the 17th Maine; the exploits of Col. Freeman McGilvery as he cobbled together a defensive line of artillery; and the battle of the 19th Maine in Pickett’s Charge.