Held in the last year of the national commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, leading historians offer fresh perspectives on the turbulent conclusion of the conflict. Speakers discuss prominent political and military leaders, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, and other episodes that helped bring peace but also foreshadowed a troubled reunion for the nation.
Welcoming Remarks by Steve Hindle
Steve Hindle welcomes participants and attendees to the “Ending a Mighty Conflict: The Civil War in 1864–65 and Beyond” conference, held at the Huntington Library on September 19–20, 2015. Hindle is the W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington.
Joan Waugh and Gary W. Gallagher give their opening remarks to the conference. Waugh is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.
Lincoln, Davis, and the End of the War
James M. McPherson discusses “Lincoln, Davis, and the End of the War”. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus at Princeton University.
Appomattox and Lincoln’s Assassination: Popular Readings at Home and Abroad
Richard Carwardine discusses “Appomattox and Lincoln’s Assassination: Popular Readings at Home and Abroad”. Carwardine is the President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Revisiting the Election of 1864
J. Matthew Gallman discusses “Revisiting the Election of 1864”. Gallman is Professor of History at the University of Florida.
Sherman’s March and Destructive War
John F. Marszalek discusses “Sherman’s March and Destructive War”. Marszalek is the Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University.