1865 - A Nation Reunited

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1865 - A Nation Reunited

Wednesday, 4/1/15 11:00 pm - Thursday, 4/2/15 12:30 am

Event Type

Lecture/Panel Discussion
Act 48/CEU Credits Offered
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
19107 Philadelphia , PA
Pennsylvania

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. After four years of bloody conflict and over 620,000 casualties, the long process of healing and reconciliation could begin. As soldiers returned home, and a people made free, many sought to create a better, stronger Union. Join HSP and the re-enactors of the Confederation of Union Generals to explore the stories of those who fought, deliberated, and struggled so that our nation would survive. This program will be followed by a reception.

Attendees will have the chance to speak with a slew of "honored guests", including: 

  • Major General George Meade—thrust into command of the Army of the Potomac in late June, 1863, he led the Union forces in a decisive victory at Gettysburg
  • Major General John Gibbon—born in the North, raised in the South, he remained loyal to the Union and turned back Pickett at Gettysburg.
  • Brigadier General Henry Hunt—his skill at artillery gave the Union forces a decisive advantage at Gettysburg and throughout the Civil War.
  • Major General George Thomas—a Virginian who remained loyal to the Union, he helped secure the West, but ruptured relations with his family for the rest of his life.
  • Colonel Edward Townsend—grandson of a Governor, aide to General Winfield Scott, army commander at the start of the Civil War, and acting Adjutant General for the remainder of the war.
  • Major Martin Robinson Delaney—commissioned by President Lincoln, he was the highest ranking black officer in the United States Colored Troops.
  • Major Jonathan Letterman—the system of military medicine he created led to a massive reduction of combat deaths and forms the basis of our emergency medical system today.
  • Dr. Mary Walker--the only woman to be awarded the Medal of Honor and a contract surgeon serving the Union Army
  • John G. Nicolay, Personal Secretary to President Lincoln

Founded in 2002, the Confederation of Union Generals combines knowledge of their historical personas with the gift of storytelling to animate the past for young and old alike.