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Register now for 1863 Civil War Workshop

By Staff | May 31, 2013

Registration is now open for 1863: The Civil War and Jefferson County, the third in a series of workshops sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Historic Shepherdstown Commission.

The Workshop will be held on June 17 (Charles Town), June 18 (Shepherdstown), and June 27 (Harpers Ferry). The first two days are free. For the Harpers Ferry tour on June 27, the regular admission fee to the Park is required ($10 per vehicle).

To register, contact Donna Northouse at dnorthouse@gmail.com or 304-876-7012. Registration may be for one, two, or all three days.

Jefferson County School District teachers will receive staff development credit for attending this workshop.

Details on each of the three days follow:

The June 17 session will be held from 8:45-3:30 at the Financial Center of American Public University, 393 N. Lawrence Street, Charles Town, WV. Parking is available at the building. Attendees should enter the front door and check in at the desk. The program will include “Jefferson County 1863: An Overview” by Douglas Perks, “Civil War Uniforms” by Frank Surdu, “Noteworthy Jefferson County Men in 1863” by Jim Glymph, “West Virginia Statehood” by Earl Jackson, and “Maps and the War” by Don Watts.

The June 18 session will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV. Free parking is available at the Shepherd University lot at Princess and High Streets. Speakers will be Antietam National Battlefield Chief Historian Ted Alexander on Robert E. Lee’s retreats from Antietam and Gettysburg, and Donna Northouse on women’s contributions to the Civil War, with a special focus on Clara Barton and the development of nursing as a profession. Ted Alexander will sign copies of his forthcoming book on Gettysburg.

The June 27 session will be held from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at Harpers Ferry National Park, WV. Participants will first meet at the Park’s Visitors Center. Park Historian and Ranger Melinda Day will lead a tour and discuss what happened in Harpers Ferry in 1863, with a special emphasis on the “gradual emancipation” of African-Americans. Time will be allowed for browsing in the Park’s excellent bookstore.