College to hold conference on impact of the Civil War

March 14, 2004

Carroll Community College will hold its seventh annual "Maryland and the Civil War: A Regional Perspective" from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 27 at the college's 1601 Washington Road campus in Westminster.

The one-day conference, which will focus on the Civil War and its impact on the region, will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Scott Center theater with Bob Zeller and "Best Photographs of the Civil War in 3-D." Many of the war's most famous images were photographed as stereographs. During the discussion, some of those images will be projected.

Local and professional historians will lead the lecture sessions.

Topics during the first concurrent session, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., will include "Civil War Photographs at the U.S. Army Military History Institute" by Jay Graybeal; "Starvation Point" by Kari Greenwalt; and "Last Reunion at Gettysburg" by Mildred Stine.

During lunch, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants can visit exhibitors, buy books and get them signed, and, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., sit in on a book discussion by William Fortschen, who, with Newt Gingrich, co-wrote Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War.

Exhibitors will include the Historical Society of Carroll County, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Pipe Creek Civil War Roundtable, the Baltimore Civil War Museum, Company A, 2nd Maryland Infantry, C.S.A., and Toomey Press.

Lawrence Denton will present "The Mason-Dixon Line: Defining the North and South" at a general session from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Scott Center theater.

The second concurrent session, beginning at 2:15 p.m., will include "A St. Mary's Countian in the War Between the States," by David Hammett; "Bugle Calls of the Civil War," by Jan Villanueva; and "Walking Tour - New Windsor During the Civil War," by local historians.

Advance registration is required for the New Windsor walking tour. Bus transportation will be provided.

The day will conclude at 3:45 p.m. with a Federal City Brass Band concert of Civil War music, including Cheer Boys Cheer, Tenting on the Old Camp Ground and Dixie.

The period music comes from original band journals and sheet music of the Civil War era.

The registration fee - $29 for county residents, $34 for other Maryland residents and $45 for out-of-state residents - covers all sessions, the concert and lunch.

Children ages 8 to 12 are admitted free but must be registered with an adult older than age 18. Program brochures are available from the college and elsewhere around the county.

Information: 410-386-8100.

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