Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Upcoming events

March 17-19. Civil War WeekendOur 26th annual Civil War Weekend features some of the best Civil War speakers around, including former VCCWS directors James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., and William C. “Jack” Davis. Among the lecture topics are Confederate widows, Stonewall Jackson, and international diplomacy. It all takes place in the exceptional on-campus facilities of the Inn at Virginia Tech.

March 19-21. Spring Campaign: Petersburg. An optional two-night field trip immediately following Civil War Weekend. We’ll travel together by charter bus to explore the fascinating Civil War history of Petersburg. Includes a guided tour of Petersburg National Battlefield, a behind-the-scenes visit to Pamplin Historical Park, and meals in historic restaurants. Come join us for a memorable trip to the city where the Civil War entered its final stages.

CANCELLED Wednesday March 29, 4:30 p.m. “The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln’s General, Master Builder of the Union Army.” A lecture by Robert O’Harrow, Jr. Newman Library Multipurpose Room. Newman Library is located at 560 Drillfield Drive, and the Multipurpose room is on the 1st floor, accessible through the study cafe.

Friday March 31, 12:00 p.m. “What the Freedmen Desire: Sidney Andrews’ and John Dennett’s Perspectives on the Freedmen and the Post-Civil War South,” a lecture by Darin Waters (UNC-Asheville), part of the Legacies of Reconstruction series, organized by Dennis Halpin and Paul Quigley and funded by CLAHS, VCCWS, and the department of history. 220 Classroom Building, 1455 Perry Street.

Friday, April 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m. “Buried in Blacksburg” Exhibit Reception.  This spring, approximately 25 Virginia Tech students are completing intensive research projects, focused on local men and women, soldier and civilian, free and enslaved, who lived through the American Civil War and were buried in Blacksburg, Virginia.  This exhibit will be hosted by the Alexander Black House from Monday, April 24 to Monday, May 1, and culminates in this special reception, hosted by the students.  The Alexander Black House is located at 204 Draper Rd. SW.

Saturday, April 29, morning. Civil War cemetery tour.  A walking tour led by Smithfield Museum Director April Danner, of the Westview and Preston Cemeteries, located at 723 E. Roanoke St. & 1000 Smithfield Plantation Rd.  More information to come.

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. “Death and Dying in the American Civil War: How accurate is Mercy Street‘s depiction?” A lecture and screening with award-winning historian Dr. Shauna Devine, historical consultant for the hit PBS series “Mercy Street,” at the Lyric Theatre.  This lecture is co-sponsored by Virginia Tech’s 2016-2017 Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.  The Lyric Theatre is located at 135 College Ave.