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

Redemption:  The Battles for Chattanooga – 1 night (2 hours).  In the fall of 1863, a demoralized and half-starved Union army was trapped in the city of Chattanooga. Bolstered by fresh leadership and re-enforcements from East and West, the Army of the Cumberland spit out the bitter taste of defeat with a succession of triumphs – the Cracker Line, the Charge of the Mule Brigade, the Battle Above the Clouds, and the climactic Miracle of Missionary Ridge.
Instructor: Jerry Carrier
Fee:  $30
Time: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

1862 Overview – 1 night (2 hours). The fortunes of the Union cause reached a low ebb in 1862 – especially in the East, where the military fortunes of George B. McClellan rose and fell.  Things went better in the West, where an obscure general named U.S. Grant became a national celebrity at Fort Donelson and Shiloh.  But December was marked with Union disasters in both theaters, leading President Lincoln to exclaim, “What will the people say?”
Instructor: Herb Kaufman, M.Ed.
Fee:  $30
Time: Monday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

The City Lincoln Couldn’t Win:  New York in the Civil War – 1 night (2 hours).  What was life like in the Union’s largest and richest city? The reaction to Lincoln’s election, pro-Southern sentiment, politics, immigrants, African-Americans, high society, poverty – all impacted the lives of New Yorkers. This class investigates how New Yorkers responded to the war, showcases some unusual and influential residents, discusses the draft riots and how New York even then was the target of terrorists, and finally, Lincoln’s lasting image with the city.
Instructor: Pat Caldwell
Fee: $30
Time: Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Weapons and Tactics: The Tools of the Soldier’s Trade, and How He Used Them – 1 night (2 hours).  Examine the weapons of the Civil War and how they were utilized in combat.  Learn about the weapons and tactics of infantry, cavalry and artillery.  Utilize historical scenarios and Civil War artifacts to gain a greater understanding of the weapons and their impact on the war.
Instructor: Herb Kaufman, M.Ed.
Fee: $30
Time: Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or click here to register online with a credit card.

Beyond the Battlefield of Stones River NEW – 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 NEW – 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 NEW –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.