We look forward to welcoming you to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech's 29th annual Civil War Weekend. Combining expert speakers, the comforts of the Inn at Virginia Tech, and the incomparable camaraderie of the Hokie Nation, it’s a marvelous way to learn about fresh perspectives on Civil War history.

The sheer scale of the American Civil War is simply astonishing. Around three million men served—a far cry from the pre-war army of 16,000, and a significant chunk of the total U.S. population of 31 million. A conflict of this magnitude demanded unprecedented resources; hence this year’s theme, "Resources for War."

Nine expert speakers will explore what Americans needed in order to wage war. At the most basic level, warfare demanded a steady supply of men, weapons, and ammunition. Soldiers also required food, clothing, and transportation, including horses and mules in the millions. But those basic physical requirements were only the start. For soldiers and the people they left at home, war was a wrenching emotional trial. We’ll learn how men and women used music to cope with the hardships of war, how they shared information, how they used photographs and letters to stay connected with loved ones—and more besides.

You can also join us for an optional two-night field trip to the Harpers Ferry-Antietam region. In the capable hands of Dennis Frye, a retired National Park Service historian and pioneer in the battlefield preservation movement, we’ll take an in-depth look at the battle of Antietam, a key turning point that paved the way for Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. We’ll also explore the fascinating town of Harpers Ferry, the site of John Brown’s storied assault on slavery in 1859 and a strategic hub during the war itself.

Whether you’re a lifelong Civil War buff or just looking for a fun opportunity to learn more, there’s no better way to spend a few days in March. We look forward to seeing you in Blacksburg.

With best wishes,
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Photo of Paul Quigley Paul Quigley
James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies
Director, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

For More Information Contact:

Leland Shelton
Program Manager, Continuing and Professional Education
(540) 231-9617
Email: leshelt2@vt.edu

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