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.

Completion of 56 course hours, may qualify you for the Civil War Institute Certificate.  Click here for details.

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Courses and/or presentations can be scheduled for your organization, at any time, at YOUR location.

Civil War Institute Classes 

The Hardest Fighting Lay Ahead: Small Battles of the Civil War. This course explores lesser known but significant and dramatic engagements, including many that had a direct impact on the outcome of the war. Emphasis will be placed on the exciting Union and Confederate cavalry raids, pivotal battles in the Trans-Mississippi, and some lesser known generals who led and often died in these battles.
Dates: Mondays, 9/18 & 9/25 (two nights)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $55.00
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

The Sultana Disaster 
 April 27, 1865 – the war is over and they’re going home. They survived battles, and they survived prison camps, and now they are finally going home … on the Sultana. This class will discuss the tragic explosion, why it happened, and why so few Americans know anything about it.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 5
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Fee: $30.00
Instructor: Pat Caldwell
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Lincoln, A Life (core course)
With all the books and folklore surrounding our 16th president, we all know Abraham Lincoln – or think we do. But the more we study him, the more we realize his complexity. Yes, he was folksy and unpretentious, but he was also ambitious, wise and scholarly, despite his lack of formal schooling. If Emerson was right when he said, “All history is biography,” this study of the Civil War’s most pivotal character must be part of any understanding of our nation’s fight for survival.
Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 (four nights).
Time: 6:30-8:30
Cost: $105
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Little Mac Bogs Down: The Peninsula and Shenandoah Campaigns of 1862
George McClellan seemed the beau ideal of a general when he led the Army of the Potomac (slowly, of course) up the James-York Peninsula to the Confederate capital of Richmond. Then, he hit a wall – named Robert E. Lee. Just before that, McClellan’s expected reinforcements 100 miles west hit a wall, too – a Stonewall named Jackson.
Dates: Mondays, Nov. 6 and 13 (two nights)
Times; 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $55
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Ben Butler, the Beast of New Orleans
Benjamin Butler was a brilliant lawyer, Massachusetts politician and Union general who fought for the rights of workers and African-Americans. After a few terms in the state legislature, Butler became an officer in the Union Army. Known more as an administrator than a combat commander, his war years were marked with controversy. At the end of the war, he became a Radical Republican and a leader in the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.
Dates: Thursday, Nov. 9
Times: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Cost: $30
Instructor: Walt Lafty
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

World War II Courses:

The Miracle of Midway. After Pearl Harbor, the Japanese navy had things pretty much their own way in the Pacific – until June 4, 1942. That’s when the U.S. Navy scored a dramatic triumph that was one of World War II’s major turning points.
Dates: Thursday, Nov. 2.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: $30
Instructor: Lance Lacey
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Thirty Seconds over Tokyo: The Doolittle Raids 
On April 18, 1942, legendary aviator Jimmy Doolittle led 16 bombers off the deck of the carrier Hornet. Their target was Tokyo. It was America’s first attack on Japan’s mainland since Pearl Harbor four months before. The boost to American morale was enormous, but the pilots paid a tragic price.
Dates: Wednesday, Nov. 15
Times: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Cost: $30
Instructor: Hugh Boyle
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Secrets and Spies of World War II
The underground warfare of espionage, sabotage, disinformation, spies, codes and code-breakers played a critical role in World War II. The secret war included Moe Berg, a major league catcher who was a spy, and Wild Bill Donovan, who organized the OSS, later to become the CIA. We also meet the greatest female spy, the “Man Who Never Was,” and the man called Intrepid – and examine covert operations, the secret world of Bletchley Park and top-secret codes “Enigma,” “Magic,” and “Purple.”
Dates: Mondays, Dec. 4 and 11 (2 nights)
Times: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Cost: $55
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.