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 2020 Classes

Unconditional Surrender: The Emergence of U.S. Grant – 1 day (2 hrs.) 

 In February 1862, an obscure brigadier general from Illinois, known only for his business failures and his reputation for hard drinking, captured two strategic Confederate forts in Tennessee to score the first major Union victory of the Civil War.  His demand for “unconditional surrender,” coupled with his fortuitous initials, made Ulysses S. Grant a national celebrity and launched him on a path of further successes and the ultimate victory – at Appomattox – three years later.  

Instructor: Jerry Carrier
Fee: $30
Time: Saturday, Feb 15, at 10:00am – 12:00pm
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card

Politics of the 1850s and the Election of 1860 – 4 hours

This course covers American politics and society from the Constitution through the 1850s, climaxing with the election of 1860, whose results threatened to bring secession and war. The South said that, if Abraham Lincoln were elected, war would come.  Lincoln won the nomination over the Republican Party elite, then faced his old debating opponent, Stephen Douglas. But the Democrats were split and ran two candidates against Lincoln; there was also a third-party entry.  In a fragmented race, Lincoln won with only 40 percent of the popular vote.

Instructors:  Herb Kaufman and Hugh Boyle
Fee:  $55
Time: Thursdays, March 12 and 19, 6:30 p.m-8:30pm
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card

Researching the Civil War – 2 hours – Learn the vocabulary, definitions and meanings of the language of the Civil War, using the Official Records, and gain an understanding of Civil War terms and research in context of its historical background.

Instructor: Herb Kaufman
Fee: $30
Time: Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.-12:00pm
To register: call (215) 884-2218 or register online with a credit card

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!