NC State hosts symposium on Civil War

March 23, 2011
By Bill Krueger
The Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks maked its 145th anniversary with a re-enactment on March 20, 2010. The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, was the last full-scale action of the Civil War. (Image courtesy of photojournalist Gray Whitley)

The Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks marked its 145th anniversary with a re-enactment on March 20, 2010. The Battle of Bentonville was the last full-scale action of the Civil War. (Image courtesy of photojournalist Gray Whitley)

NC State is hosting a symposium Saturday to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.

Speakers will explore the ways Civil War historians can engage general audiences at battlefields, historic sites and museums. Sessions will address topics ranging from public perceptions of Abraham Lincoln to Civil War medicine.

John Hennessy, chief historian at the Fredricksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, will deliver the keynote address.

The symposium is from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 232A Withers Hall. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. A small fee is charged if you would like a box lunch.

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