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 

This semester, we will take a comprehensive look at the largest battle ever fought on American soil.  With one exception, every course will relate to Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg Campaign (Core course).  Two mighty armies engaged by chance in the largest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere.  The events leading up to the battle and each day’s activity will be covered.  Did the Army of the Potomac finally get the leadership it deserved?  Did Robert E. Lee blunder in his strategy?  Would he have prevailed if Stonewall Jackson were alive?  Was James Longstreet, Lee’s “War-Horse,” right in his view of the battle?
Mondays, 1/22/18, 1/29/18, 2/5/18, 2/12/18 (four nights)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee: $105
Instructor: Herb Kaufman, M.Ed.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

Gettysburg: Lee’s Retreat and Meade’s Pursuit.  Beginning with July 4, 1863, this class follows the Confederate retreat and combat operations of George G. Meade’s pursuit, the political consequences of the battle, the treatment of the wounded, and the creation of the National Military Park.
Monday, 2/26/18 (one night)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee: $30
Instructor: Herb Kaufman, M.Ed.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card. 

“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.

Learn about our NEW Military History Institute here!