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The Civil War witnessed a number of critical turning points. Major battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, the election of 1864, and the New York City draft riots represent the kinds of military, political, and social events that could signal a profound shift in the conflict's direction or momentum. Speakers address the range, and potential for disagreement, inherent in any search for historical turning points.

Turning Points in the Civil War The Huntington

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The Civil War witnessed a number of critical turning points. Major battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, the election of 1864, and the New York City draft riots represent the kinds of military, political, and social events that could signal a profound shift in the conflict's direction or momentum. Speakers address the range, and potential for disagreement, inherent in any search for historical turning points.

    What About Gettysburg?

    What About Gettysburg?

    Gary Gallagher, professor of History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia, and Joan Waugh, professor of history at UCLA, present closing remarks for the "Turning Points in the Civil War" conference by exploring the battle for Gettysburg.

    • 46 min
    Old Pete at a Crossroads: James Longstreet and Southern Reactions to the Reconstruction Acts of 1867

    Old Pete at a Crossroads: James Longstreet and Southern Reactions to the Reconstruction Acts of 1867

    Elizabeth R. Varon, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, discusses James Longstreet's influence in the early era of Reconstruction after the Civil War.

    • 49 min
    Deciding to Honor the Dead: Montgomery Meigs, Arlington, Origins of the National Cemetery System

    Deciding to Honor the Dead: Montgomery Meigs, Arlington, Origins of the National Cemetery System

    Caroline E. Janney, Professor of History at Purdue University, presents on the Civil War origins of the national cemetery system in the United States.

    • 36 min
    It Ain't Over 'till It's Over: The Petersburg Campaign as a Turning Point in the Civil War

    It Ain't Over 'till It's Over: The Petersburg Campaign as a Turning Point in the Civil War

    A. Wilson Greene, author and historian, presents on the battle for Petersburg during the Civil War.

    • 42 min
    The Battle of the Wilderness: An Eastern Army Gives a Western General Command

    The Battle of the Wilderness: An Eastern Army Gives a Western General Command

    Ronald C. White Jr., author and historian, presents on President Abraham Lincoln offering command of the Union forces to General Ulysses S. Grant.

    • 43 min
    The Seven Days as a Military and Political Watershed

    The Seven Days as a Military and Political Watershed

    Gary W. Gallagher, former Director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia, presents on the effects of George B. McClellan's 7-day campaign across the Virginia Penninsula on the outcome of the Civil War.

    • 41 min

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