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Civil War Symposium set at Moore Center

By Staff | May 27, 2011

The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University will sponsor a Civil War symposium on June 4 and 5 on the Shepherd campus. In light of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, events that occurred within the Eastern Panhandle in the early part of 1861 will be highlighted.

Dennis Frye, chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and 1979 Shepherd alumnus, will offer a tour of the Ferry, focusing on the burning of the arsenal and occupation by Virginia troops. Thomas Clemens, professor at Hagerstown Community College and expert on local Civil War history, will take the group to Falling Waters to discuss the July 1861 skirmish and to Martinsburg to take in Gen. Thomas Jackson’s June 1861 capture of the Railroad Roundhouse.

Several recent Shepherd graduates of the Civil War and 19th Century America concentration within the history major will speak during the seminar.

Nicholas Redding of the Civil War Trust will speak on Civil War in Shepherdstown and include a walking tour of the town with his presentation. Richard Hulver, a doctoral candidate in history from West Virginia University, will speak on the memory of McNeill’s Rangers of Hardy County. Kyle Pfalzer of the Gettysburg Foundation will discuss and display early war uniforms and equipment.

Those attending will pay $125, which includes tuition, transportation and Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch.

For more information, visit www.shepherd.edu/gtmcweb/seminars.html or call 304-876-5429.