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Hard Hand of War

The Filson Institute's ’s Fall 2014 Public Conference: “The Hard Hand of War”

The Filson Historical Society

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Saturday Day of Lectures - The Hard Hand of War - Non-member Ended $5.00 $1.27
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Lee Ann Whites (University of Missouri), Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State University) and The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South convene a three-day academic conference to explore the experience of civilians and irregulars during the Civil War.

Hand of War Public Conference Image 1The conference, which will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, at The Filson Historical Society, continues The Filson’s effort to mark the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War. The conference seeks to explore the multi-faceted nature of the Civil War, particularly the irregular conflict that occurred beyond the traditional battlefields.

Though popular memory of the struggle usually focuses on the war’s most famous battles—Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg—historians have in recent years produced a rich literature that expands our understanding of the nature of the war and its impact on American lives.

From guerrilla clashes in border states like Missouri and Kentucky, to the divided loyalties of Midwestern states such as Indiana and Ohio, to the anti-Confederate dissenters of the upland South and elsewhere, to the experience of women and other non-combatants in contested regions from the Shenandoah Valley to the streets of New Orleans, the war involved tens of thousands of Americans who never donned a uniform or served in a major battle.

Civilians, spies, slaves, freed people, irregulars, and soldiers (among others) fought the war on multiple fronts, turning much of the country into a complex and constantly evolving battleground.


Conference Program:

The Hard Hand of War: Irregulars and Civilians in the Civil War

October 23-25, 2014The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky

Thursday, October 23:

6:00 pm

Keynote Address:

LeeAnn Whites, University of Missouri

"Women and the Turn toward Hard War: Putting the Female in Civilian and the Girl in Guerrilla"


Friday, October 24:

8:45 am

Welcome and Introduction:

Mark Wetherington, Director, Filson Historical Society

9:00 am

Panel 1: Guerrillas

Andrew William Fialka, University of Georgia

"Controlled Chaos: Spatiotemporal Patterns within Missouri's Irregular Civil War"

Joseph M. Beilein Jr., Pennsylvania State University, Erie—The Behrend College

"'A living, breathing, aggressive, all-powerful reality': Men, Horses, and the Tactical Advantages of Guerrilla Warfare in Myth and Reality"

Zachery C. Cowsert, West Virginia University

"A Forgotten Exodus: Violence and Suffering in Civil War Indian Territory"


Megan Kate Nelson, Brown University

10:45 am

Panel 2: Naval War

Laura June Davis, University of Georgia

"Devils in Disguise: Masculinity and Irregular Naval War along the Lower Mississippi"

Blakeney K. Hill, Texas Christian University

"A Hard Blockade: The Union Navy and the Foundations of Hard War Policy"

Robert Gudmestad, Colorado State University

"The Hard Hand of War on the Western Waters"


Robert E. Bonner, Dartmouth College

12:15 pm


1:15 pm

Panel 3: The War and Its Aftermath in Kentucky

J. Michael Rhyne, Urbana University

"Slavery, Civilians, and Guerrilla Warfare in Kentucky's Bluegrass Region"

Brian Alberts, Purdue University

"The 'Devotees of the Barbarism': Kentucky in the Aftermath of Emancipation"

James Prichard, The Filson Historical Society

"A Lingering War Zone: Post-Civil War Violence in Northeastern Kentucky"


Bob Hutton, University of Tennessee

3:00 pm

Panel 4: Codes and Conduct of War

D. H. Dilbeck, University of Virginia

"'Common Justice and Plain Expediency': The Lieber Code's Vision of Just Warfare against Civilians"

David P. Hopkins Jr., Wayne State University

"'Whole Families and Whole Neighborhoods Have Come': Guerrilla Warfare and the Creation of the Refugee Crisis in the Trans-Mississippi"

Lisa Tendrich Frank, Independent Scholar

"'The Vindictive Nature of Our Enemy': The Eviction of Confederate Families from Atlanta"


Lesley Gordon, University of Akron


Saturday, October 25:

9:00 am

Keynote Address:

Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Louisiana State University

"Time Will Tell: What We Can Learn about the Civil War from Modern Conflicts."

10:15 am

Panel 5: Memory

Leonard Lanier, Museum of the Albemarle

"Killing the Klansmen, Remembering the General: The Opposing Memories of Bryan Grimes"

Adam Domby, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Loyal Dissenters: The Memory of Desertion and Dissent in Piedmont North Carolina"

Matthew C. Hulbert, University of Georgia

"Getting the Band Back Together: Guerrilla Reunions and the Politics of Civil War Memory, 1898-1929"


Barton Myers, Washington & Lee University

12:00 pm


12:45 pm

Panel 6: Justifying and Surviving Violence

Michael E. Woods, Marshall University

"'Mudsills versus Chivalry!': Class Conflict and Total War in the Occupied South"

Michael Burns, Texas Christian University

"Deprive the Enemy, Defeat the Enemy: John Pope's Military Policies and Non-Combatants in Virginia and on the Frontier"

Kathleen Logothetis Thompson, West Virginia University

"The Invisible Toll: Mental Trauma and 'Total War'"


Lorien Foote, Texas A&M


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Keynote Lecture and Reception: Free for members, $5 for nonmembers

Day of Lectures: Free for members, $5 for nonmembers

Optional Boxed Lunch: $10


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The Filson Historical Society
1310 s. Third Street
Louisville, KY 40208

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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