Rethinking the Regimental History

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Monday January 24

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Online registration for this program closes at 5:00 pm the day before. 

Virtual program - Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event.

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Speaker: Dr. Brian Jordan

In the years and decades after the U.S. Civil War, scores of veterans penned unit histories, seeking to record something of their experiences in camp, on the march, and at the front. Though regimental histories quickly fell out of favor, a recent way of scholars have sought to reimagine them. In this workshop, historian Brian Matthew Jordan demonstrates how regimental histories can permit scholars to tell a more capacious, textured, and inclusive story of the war: one that accounts for - and makes sense of - the war's many extremes. How can the oblique angles of a unit history re-cast our understanding of the human realities of the combat ( and their long shadows)? How can regimentals amplify the voices of historically marginalized soldiers? What sources, methods, and tools are available to help modern historians reimagine the genre? What happens when we resist the urge to approach the war as an epic and instead approach it as a shared human experience? 

Class cancellations can happen if enrollment minimums are not met two days prior to the class. If your class is canceled you will be contacted via phone or email.