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Fall Workshops


The following workshops will be broadcast via Zoom.  Registration closes at 5pm the day before the workshop, then a Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants the day of the workshop. If you do not receive the link by 4pm, please check your spam/junk email folder.

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Ezra Carmen and His Influence on th Antietam Battlefield

Wednesday, September 15  |  6:30 – 8:00pm  |  $10 ($15 non-members)  |  Instructor: Dr. Thomas G. Clemens  |  Register Here by September 14

Dr. Clemens will consider the legacy of General Ezra Ayers Carmen and his influence on the maps, markers and interpretation of the Antietam battlefield. General Carmen wrote an 1,800 page manuscript that accompanied a series of 14 maps which mark the troop movements of the Battle of Antietam. These maps and manuscript became the most detailed record of the events of this battle, or any other Civil War battle, and are still used to conduct research. These documents are the centerpiece of the work completed by Carman and the Antietam Battlefield Board. The work completed by the Board in the 1890s set the battlefield on the course that made it what it is today.



Passing in Review

Tuesday, October 12  |  6:30 – 8:00pm  |  $10 ($15 non-members)  |  Instructor: Lance Herdegen  |  Register Here by October 11

Mr. Herdegen will tell the story of the fabled Iron Brigade, from its beginning until surviving regiments returned home. It was a Civil War military organization known by many names – Western Brigade, Country Brigade, Biggon’s Brigade, Black hat Brigade, and finally remembered as The Iron Brigade of the West. It first consisted of the 2nd, 6th, 7th Wisconsin, and 19th Indiana,then joined by the 24th Michigan after Antietam in late 1862. It was the only Western infantry brigade in the Eastern Armies until after its storied defensive at Gettysburg when the depleted ranks were reenforced by regiments from Pennsylvania and New York. At the end of the war it was found to be the Uion brigade with the highest percentage of losses.



The Battle Above the Clouds

Wednesday, November 17  |  6:30 – 8pm  |  $10 ($15 non-members)  |  Instructor: Dave Powell  |  Register Here by November 16

Mr. Powell will discuss the Battle of Lookout Mountain, fought on November 24, 1963. The battle’s nickname is evocative, and Lookout Mountain is itself a major tourist draw across the Southeast U.S. Many visitors who go to the crest of the mountain don’t realize that they aren’t on the actual battlefield; the fighting took place on the lower slopes, not the peak. The battle is further obscured by the fact that the Union assault forces were commanded by Joseph Hooker, a general who was not on particularly good terms with his commander, Ulysses S. Grant, who later belittled the fighting as mere “poetry.” But Lookout Mountain was a real fight and an amazing feat.



Civil War Media Club:  A Thousand May Fall

Wednesday, November 3  |  6:30 – 8pm  |  $5 ($10 non-members)  |  Location: Civil War Museum  |  Register Here by November 1

In A Thousand May Fall, Pulitzer Prize finalist Brian Matthew Jordan returns us to the war itself, bringing readers to the chaos of battle and the trials of military life. Jordan creates an intimate, absorbing chronicle using the perspective of troops from the 107th Ohio, an ethnic German regiment set apart by language and identity.  Please read the book and come prepared to discuss.



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Payment and Refunds

Payment in full is due at the time of registration.  Cancellations made at least two weeks prior to the start of the workshop or class will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within two weeks of start date will not receive a refund.  A full refund will be issued if the museum cancels a workshop or class.