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Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Strategically located midway between the opposing capitals of Washington and Richmond, Fredericksburg saw a devastating battle early in the war, followed by three years of brutal activity in the surrounding countryside. Civil War historian Gregg Clemmer and special guest Ed Bearss explore the city’s dramatic wartime history.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:45 PM

The Southern-created “Myth of the Lost Cause” has shadowed the historical remembrance of the Civil War, the country's watershed event. Historian Ed Bonekemper critically examines the accuracy of that myth and how it has affected perceptions of slavery, states' rights, and the nature of the conflict itself.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Some of our favorite American cocktails date from the Civil War period and earlier. Sip your way through the era as cocktail historian Phillip Green looks at the popular drinks of the mid-19th century.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Join historian Gregg Clemmer as he explores and explains the most iconic battle of the Civil War in a full-day excursion.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Historian Stephen Engle revisits five pivotal Civil War battles—First Bull Run, Shiloh Antietam, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg—to determine if their historical significance as the war’s turning points over the past 150 years still holds.

 

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