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Civil War Round Table plans seminar to mark 150th anniversary of war's end

Day-long event to feature
several noted historians, activities

(April 2015) – On April 11, a one-day symposium at the Jefferson County History Center will commemorate the end of the Civil War. Titled, “150 Years Later: Civil War Reflection,” the event focuses on “Mystic Chords of Memory.” The history center is located at 615 W. First St., in Madison, Ind.
The night before the symposium opens, there will be an evening program at the Lanier Mansion on the riverfront. This program, “Peace and Tragedy: The End of the Civil War,” will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Hundreds of luminaries will be lighted on the grounds of the Lanier Mansion. The ceremony itself will be held on the steps of the mansion, which overlooks the gardens and the Ohio River. Music from the Civil War period will be performed. Selections from period newspapers, letters and diaries will be read. They describe the end of the war. A reception will follow. There is no charge for this event.

Terry Winschel

During the Saturday event, there will be conference speakers, tours, exhibits, a book raffle and a self-guided tour of the Jefferson County History Center. Optional activities include a tour of Madison’s Civil War heritage and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lanier Mansion.
The symposium begins on Saturday. Doors open at 8 a.m.  Introductory remarks are at 8:30 a.m.  The first speaker, Chris Kolokowski, begins at 8:45 a.m. He will address the topic, “Appomattox: The End and The Beginning.” After a break, the second speaker, Nicole Etcheson, begins at 10 a.m. She speaks on “Barren Victories or Great Prizes: The Legacy of the Civil War in Indiana.” There will be another break after her talk. At 11:15 a.m., Mike Capps will talk about “Remembering Lincoln: Monuments and Memorials.”
An on-site catered lunch will be served. There will be a book raffle.
The final speaker will be Terry Winschel, who is to speak about “Stephen D. Lee and the Making of an American Shrine.” His talk begins at 1:15 p.m. Closing remarks are at 2:15 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. and again at 3:45 p.m., there will be tours of Madison’s Civil War Heritage or a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Lanier Mansion.
The event is sponsored by Digital Printing, the Hall Family Laundries, Dr. and Mrs. John Hossler, Jefferson County Board of Tourism, Jefferson County Historical Society, the Lanier Foundation, Lide White Boys and Girls Club, Bonnie McDonough, and Windy Hill Bed & Breakfast.
Conference speakers come with impressive credentials. Kolakowski, will discuss the Confederate soldiers’ return home and their re-adjustment in the “new” south. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and mass communications from Emory & Henry College and his master’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, the New York State government, the Rensselaer County (N.Y.) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Kentucky State Parks, and the U.S. Army.
Kolakowski has written and spoken on military leadership, the Civil War, American Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, and both World Wars. He is the author of two books by History Press, “The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass” and “The Stones River & Tullahoma Campaigns: This Army Does Not Retreat.” Currently, he serves as director of the Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War. Also, he is working on a study of the Philippine Campaign of 1941-42. It is due to be released in 2016.
Etcheson, professor of history at Ball State University, is the second speaker of the day. A graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa, she received her doctorate from Indiana University. In 2004, she received a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin research on a forthcoming book, “A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community.” Etcheson is the author of numerous articles in professional journals, as well as her books. She is a frequent presenter at historical conferences.
She is a member of the American Historians, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Southern Historical Association, the Indiana Historical Association, and the Indiana Historical Society. After teaching at the University of South Dakota and the University of Texas, she joined the faculty of Ball State University.
In her presentation, Etcheson will address post-war issues that faced returning veterans from Indiana when challenged by Gov. Oliver Morton on race relations, citizenship and suffrage rights. It changed Indiana in ways that would have been unthinkable before the war.
Capps has worked for the National Park Service for 31 years. Twenty of those years have been spent at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, where he is the Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management. Originally from Missouri, his career with the National Park Service has taken him to Texas, Georgia and Indiana. In 1982, he graduated from Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Mo., with a degree in history.
While working with the park service, he went to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch) and the Southeast Regional Office of the National Park Service.
During his work at Lincoln Boyhood, he developed a strong interest in the story of the park’s establishment and development. He has become convinced that Lincoln locations, such as his boyhood home, not only serve as shrines that reflect one’s reverence for the 16th president, but they also serve as a source of educational opportunities that can transform and inspire.
Winschel is a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. He holds graduate degrees from Mississippi College. In 2012, he retired from the National Park Service after a 35-year career at Gettysburg National Military Park, Fredericksburg National Military Park, Valley Forge National Historic Park, and, since 1988, as Historian at Vicksburg National Military Park. Winschel has written 75 articles on the Civil War. He is the author of “Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Volumes I and II,” “Vicksburg is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River,” “The Civil War Diary of a Common Soldier” and “Vicksburg: Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar.”
In 2007, Winschel was named Preservationist of the Year by the National Park Service. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Carrington Williams Preservationist of the Year Award, presented by the Civil War Preservation Trust. His presentation was on “Stephen D. Lee and the Making of an American Shrine.” In 1899, the Vicksburg National Military Park was established through the efforts of both Union and Confederate veterans. Winschel will discuss the role that Confederate General Stephen D. Lee played in creation of the park, as few played a more significant role than did he.

• The cost of the conference is $55. For registration, contact Kathy Ayers at (812) 701-0127 or email: windyhillsbb@mail.com.

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