Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Civil War Weekend at Hotel Roanoke in March

Those of you who are still fighting the Civil War in one way or another have a great opportunity to study up on it March 22 at the Hotel Roanoke.
Here's a press release from Virginia Tech about an event that will be of special interest to you.

During the days of March 22 to 24, 1863, the Civil War was taking a decisive turn as Union troops marched through Mississippi while holding the Confederate army at bay in northern-held Kentucky. Exactly 150 years later to the day, March 22 to 24, 2013, the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and Virginia Tech’s Virginia Center for Civil War Studies will host the 22nd annual Civil War Weekend at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke. 

The two-day event will honor that period of American history and, this year, will celebrate new Confederate writings recently discovered in Roanoke and published in 2012 that detail the final days of the war. The cost per person is $270 and online registration is now open. For more information on Civil War Weekend, contact the conference registrar at 540-231-5182. 

Civil War Weekend will feature presentations from several Civil War historians, including Roanoke College’s John R. Turbyfill Professor of History John Selby. Selby co-edited the new publication “Civil War Talks: Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans,” which contains the personal letters, diaries, and recollections of 42 Civil War veterans. These writings were discovered by a collector at a Roanoke estate sale in 2004, and were published last year. 

Also presenting are:
  • William C. “Jack” Davis, director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and author and editor of more than 50 books on the Civil War and Southern history, as well as on-camera consultant for numerous episodes of the History Channel series “Civil War Journal;” 
  • Virginia Tech Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus, renowned Civil War historian, and Civil War Weekend founder Bud Robertson; 
  • Naval Lt. Adam Jones, currently assigned to Virginia Tech’s NROTC Unit as an assistant professor of naval science; keynote speaker Richard J. Sommers, senior historian at the Army Heritage and Education Center at the Army War College; 
  • former Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Deputy Commandant Lt. Col. William F. Stringer; 
  • and Virginia Tech Professor of History Peter Wallenstein. 

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