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Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM

The ironclad USS Monitor changed the course of the Civil War and naval combat forever. Historians and scientists, part of an ongoing conservation and research project at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, examine the historic warship’s significance from a variety of perspectives.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Relive crucial events of the Civil War as you explore some of the battles nearest to the Federal District with historian Ed Bearss.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM

When the Union dissolved, Washington, D.C. was transformed—and that change profoundly affected the city’s women. Cokie Roberts discusses their experiences, influence, and contributions during this momentous period in her new book, Capital Dames.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Textile historian Dixie Rettig leads a visit to Fredericksburg that provides a highly personal look at the everyday experiences of the women who resolutely survived three Union occupations, cared for the wounded, and helped rebuild the town after the South’s defeat.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM

The best-selling author examines key actions and decisions of commanders on both sides of Sherman's legendary campaign, a sweep across Georgia that led to the final stroke of the Civil War.


Explore National Parks with Smithsonian