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    Officials from the National Park Service and Washington, DC, commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. The battle took place July 11-12th, 1864, when Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal Early probed Washington, DC’s defenses before turning back. 

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    The Civil War: Battle of Fort Stevens 150th Anniversary
    Tuesday     

    Officials from the National Park Service and Washington, DC, commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. The battle took place July 11-12th, 1864, when Confederate forces under Gen. Jubal Early probed Washington, DC’s defenses before turning back. 

    The Civil War: Slavery & Cinema
    Saturday     

    A panel of history professors traces the evolution of slavery as depicted in film since the 1930s. Drawing examples from films like “Mandingo,” “Amistad” and “12 Years a Slave,” panelists discuss how filmmakers have framed the idea of slavery. They also describe changes in race relations and gender portrayals in films and how slave characters have shifted from the background into leading roles. 

    The Civil War: Battle of the Crater 150th Anniversary
    Saturday, August 9, 2014     

    A National Park Service event at Petersburg National Battlefield commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Crater and honoring the U.S. Colored Troops' role in the fighting. The Battle of the Crater took place on July 30, 1864, as part of the Siege of Petersburg. The ceremony includes the unveiling of a stamp by the U.S. Postal Service and remarks by historian James Blankenship, who details the major events of the battle. 

    War Crimes Trial of Henry Wirz
    Saturday, July 26, 2014     

    Swiss-born Confederate Captain Henry Wirz was in charge of the Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp, where some 13,000 of approximately 45,000 Union prisoners died while being held there. Author and law professor Paul Finkelman discusses the military trial and execution of Henry Wirz and the concept of war crimes that were established as a result of the trial. This talk is a portion of the 2014 Civil War Symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

    The Civil War: Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood
    Saturday, July 26, 2014     

    Stephen Hood discusses his book on the military career, personal life and legacy of Confederate General John Bell Hood. The author -- a distant relative of the general -- analyzes John Bell Hood’s actions at Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Antietam by delving into letters and medical records recently released by Hood’s descendents. He says that many of the Hood’s controversial acts are clarified or redeemed through an examination of the documents. 

    The Life & Execution of Timothy Webster
    Saturday, July 19, 2014     

    Author Corey Recko discusses the life and death of Timothy Webster, a former policeman who spied for the Union during the Civil War. Webster was renowned as the Union's top spy until he was betrayed in 1862, and he was the first spy executed during the war. The Museum of the Confederacy hosted this event. 

    Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. & the Civil War
    Saturday, July 19, 2014     

    Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. served in the Union Army from 1861-64 and was wounded three times in battle. In this program, a panel of scholars looks at the impact of the Civil War on the life of the future Supreme Court Justice, including how his time as a soldier shaped his law career. The Supreme Court Historical Society hosted this discussion.

    Washington’s Civil War Forts and Parks
    Saturday, July 12, 2014     

    Historians and park officials discuss the development of Washington, DC’s Civil War forts, the role they played in the war, and how they’ve been preserved for the past 150 years. These earthen defenses, especially Fort Stevens, were vital in keeping the nation’s capital under Union control during the war. This event was co-hosted by the National Archives and the National Capital Planning Council.

    The Civil War: Battles of Monocacy & Fort Stevens
    Saturday, July 12, 2014     

    Historian and journalist Marc Leepson took C-SPAN on a tour of several battlefields in Maryland and Washington, D.C., to tell the story of two July 1864 battles that threatened the U.S. Capitol. On July 11 and 12, 1864, President Lincoln observed the fighting at Fort Stevens and was nearly shot by a Confederate sharpshooter. Mr. Leepson is the author of the 2007 book "Desperate Engagement: How a Little-Known Civil War Battle Saved Washington, D.C., and Changed American History."

    The Civil War: 1864 Overland Campaign
    Saturday, July 5, 2014     

    Civil War historians Peter Carmichael and Gordon Rhea talk about the 1864 Overland Campaign in Virginia, including the Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse and Cold Harbor. They explore the tactics of Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant and compare the two leaders. This event was part of the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute's annual summer conference.

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