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Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The battlefields of the Mid-Atlantic states may be the most familiar, but the Civil War also played out—decisively and tragically—in other regions of a divided nation. Historian Stephen D. Engle looks at the interplay of politics, geography, economics, and life and death in the West of the 1860s.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:45 PM

It has all the elements an edge-of-your-seat movie: a president’s journey to Washington for his inauguration, an ominous assassination plan, a pioneering female private eye, and the nation’s most celebrated detective who has just 13 days to prevent a national tragedy. Daniel Stashower uncovers the fascinating but little-known incident that inspired his new book.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The spring of 1863 found the strategic city of Vicksburg on the Mississippi under attack from Grant’s forces, leading to a six-week trial by siege, starvation, and devastation that led to its ultimate surrender. Author Jeff Shara brings the stories of both soldiers and civilians to vivid life.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

On Sept. 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers met death in the Maryland farmland of Antietam. Civil War historian Ed Bearss leads a tour to sites connected with this bloodiest battle of the war.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM

On Sept. 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers met death in the Maryland farmland of Antietam. Civil War historian Ed Bearss leads a tour to sites connected with this bloodiest battle of the war.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Jeb Stuart rides again in this day-long tour that follows his route through four states, leading up to his Chambersburg Raid in October 1862.


Smithsonian Civil War Program at Chautauqua

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