Conference 2005
Remembering America's Civil War

On 27-29 May 2005, the University of Mississippi Department of History sponsored the Conference on the Civil War:  Remembering America’s Civil War.  A diverse group of panelists, including academic historians, public historians, and archivists, addressed American commemoration of the Civil War in both the North and South.

Renowned lecturer and Civil War authority Gabor Boritt, now retired Director of the Civil War Institute and Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College, delivered the keynote address.  Boritt has made a number of TV documentary appearances and authored or co-authored sixteen books on Lincoln and the Civil War, including The Gettysburg Nobody Knows.  In his keynote address, Boritt addressed the evolution of American memory of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.”


Conference Program

Friday, 27 May

First Session

Civil War Monuments as Models of Leadership
            -Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina

Envisioning Suffering and Atrocity:  Andersonville and Civil War Visual Culture in the 1860s North
            -Douglas G. Gardner, Indiana University—Purdue University, Columbus

Escaping into the Prison Civil War Round Table
            -Jackson N. Sasser, Jr., College of William and Mary

Second Session

The Golden Age of Civil War Battlefield Preservation:  The 1890s and the Establishment of America’s First Five Military Parks
            -Timothy B. Smith, Shiloh National Military Park

The Glory of the Vanquished:  Remembering the Battle of Rivers Bridge
            -Daniel J. Bell, Historic Resource Coordinator, South Carolina State             Park Service

Stephen D. Lee and the Making of an American Shrine
            -Terrence J. Winschel, Historian, Vicksburg National Military Park

Third Session

Echoes of the Lost Cause:  Civil War Memory during the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
            -Leigh McWhite, Archives and Special Collections, University of

Saturday, 28 May

Keynote Address

            The Gettysburg Gospel
            -Gabor Boritt, Gettysburg College

Fourth Session

Claiming the Union:  Stories of Loyalty in the Post-Civil War South
            -Susanna Michele Lee, University of Virginia

The Romance of ‘Recollections’:  Elizabeth Avery Meriwether’s Remembered and Reconstructed Civil War
            -Edwin G. Frank, Special Collections, University of Memphis

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Confederate Widows, and the Lost Cause
            -Jennifer L. Gross, Jacksonville State University





  • Keynote Speaker Gabor Borritt