Second “War in the Mountains Symposium” this weekend

Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will present a Civil War symposium entitled “War in the Mountains II” on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The event is part of the institution’s ongoing commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

LMU Professor of History and Abraham Lincoln Historian Charles Hubbard will preside at the event. Dr. John Inscoe, professor of history at the University of Georgia, will present “Guerrilla War and Remembrance.” Dr. Earl J. Hess, professor of history at LMU, will present “Civil War Soldiers and Appalachia,” and Dr. Steven Nash, professor of history at East Tennessee State University, will present “Roguish Yankees and Rascally Freedpeople: The Civil War and Emancipation within Cornelia Henry’s Household.”

Inscoe has taught southern history at the University of Georgia for over 25 years. A native of western North Carolina, much of his research and writing has focused on nineteenth-century southern Appalachia, specifically on the issues of slavery, race and the Civil War. He is the author of Mountain Masters: Slavery and the Sectional Crisis in Western North Carolina; Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South; and co-author of The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: The Civil War in Western North Carolina. He has edited or co-edited volumes on Georgia race relations, Appalachians and race in the 19th century, southern Unionists during the Civil War and a volume on Confederate nationalism and identity, produced as a tribute to Emory Thomas. He recently completed a book entitled Writing the South through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography.

Hess holds the Stewart W. McClelland Chair in History at LMU, where he has taught since 1989. He completed his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history at Southeast Missouri State University. His Ph.D. in American Studies, with a concentration in history, was awarded by Purdue University in 1986. Hess has taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Georgia, Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas. He is the author of more than a dozen books on Civil War military history, the latest of which is Into the Crater – The Mine Attack at Petersburg. The University of Tennessee Press has published his latest work, an engaging history of the University entitled Lincoln Memorial University and the Shaping of Appalachia (UT Press, $45). Hess was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002. More information on books written by Hess can be found at http://www.love-and-learning.info.

Nash is a post doctorate fellow at ETSU. He earned a bachelor’s degree at The Pennsylvania State University, a master’s from Western Carolina University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Nash’s areas of interest include the 19th Century United States, the Civil War and reconstruction, Appalachia and environmental history.

The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with two breaks. The event is open to the public. It is free to LMU faculty, staff and students. Students from other colleges and universities will receive a 50% discount off the $30 registration fee. Civil War-related books will be available for purchase at the event. For more information or to pre-register contact Director of Programs Carol Campbell at 423.869.6439 or by email at carol.campbell@lmunet.edu.

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