All of us know quite a bit about this war and have knowledge of battles, personalities, family members involved, etc. During this class you will have the opportunity to share information during the sessions.
However, this class is not designed to "tell the story of the war" from the opening guns of Fort Sumter to the surrender at Appomattox. We will be covering the war from 1861 to 1865 and some of the strategies, the impact on the civilian population, the national economy, and the changes in racial structure, etc. All of this will be done briefly - as we will examine a number of personalities and events that are not well known or in most history books - but appear (at least to me) - to be interesting - either because they are unusual, a bit humorous, or weird.
People of the War
As example a few of the people for consideration - some of the humor of Abraham Lincoln during the war, David Twiggs, the Confederate general in command of Texas and what he did to help or hurt the Confederate cause, some future presidents of the United States who fought in the war and what they did, the Rains Brothers and their contributions to the war, Ms. Sam Blalock and other hers/hims in the armies on both sides.
Events of the War
As to events some we will consider will be - a soldier who as the war approached had a hard decision to make as to which side he would be loyal, the preparation for war by the Union and the Confederacy, the Confederate submarine and its sinking its first and only ship, the Union's amphibious invasions of Florida and what they accomplished, the "escape" of the Confederate ship Planter, the people who accomplished this,and the one who became a hero,. the great military hospital at Chimborazo- perhaps the largest military hospital ever (and just where is Chimborazo?), and others.
Fun Structure for Class
Each class will begin with a few trivia type questions about the war and we will find out what we know and do not know about it. During the class sessions students will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments This class with be very informal.
John Evans, Instructor