Conference 2007

The experience of combat

On 18-19 May 2007, the University of Mississippi Department of History co-hosted the third annual Conference on the Civil War:  The Experience of Combat.  Panelists addressed a wide-range of combatant experiences of soldiers on both sides, with a specific focus on African-American soldiers, prisoners of war, and battlefield strategy.  Panelists also explored the nature of "total war", emphasizing the importance of the distinction between combatant and noncombatant experiences in the Civil War.

Earl J. Hess, the Stewart McClelland Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, delivered the keynote address.  Dr. Hess is the author of several significant books on Civil War military conflict, including The Union Soldier in Battle:  Enduring the Ordeal of Combat.



Conference Program

Friday, 18 May

First Session

Pubescent Preparation:  Military Cadets and Combat Training in the Confederacy
            -Bradford A. Wineman, US Army Command and General Staff
On the Way to Battle:  Marching in the Civil War and the Mythology of Movement
            -Yael A. Sternhell, Princeton University

Second Session

The Only Union Men We Have Here:  Yankee Soldiers, Contraband Slaves, and the Meaning of Freedom in Eastern North Carolina
           -Janette Thomas Greenwood, Clark University
At the Point of Black Bayonets:  Emancipation and Union Military Policy in Coastal North Carolina
           -Barton A. Myers, University of Georgia

Third Session

The Other Combat:  Union Prisoners of War and the Culture of Resistance
            -Glenn Robins, Georgia Southwestern State University
Enemy Combatants:  African American Soldiers in Confederate Prisons
            -Tom Ward, Rockhurst University

Saturday, 19 May

Keynote Address

            -Earl Hess, Lincoln Memorial University

Fourth Session

After Vicksburg:  The Changing Face of Combat in the Middle Mississippi Valley
            -David Slay, Texas Christian University
Forged in Battle, Secured in Memory:  Hood’s Texas Brigade and the Bonds of Brotherhood
            -Brian Craig Miller, Emporia State University

Fifth Session

 A Day Long to Be Remembered:  The Battle of Champion Hill
            -Brian Risher, University of Mississippi
New Perspectives on the Battle of Shiloh
            -Stacey Allen, NPS Historian, Shiloh National Military Park