The winter months fell hard on Union and Confederate soldiers. Separated from families and packed into tight winter quarters, troops had hours and hours to while away thinking of home and performing the monotonous duties of the garrison.
Soldiers nonetheless navigated these trials with ingenuity and adaptiveness.
This panel discussion will explore the seldom-discussed experiences of
soldiers during the winter months featuring, in particular, soldier fraternization while on picket post, the material culture of winter quarters, tensions between the front lines and the home front, and campaigning camping in the cold.
I will be joined by the following list of talented historians for this awesome event:
Dr. James J. Broomall: Ray and Madeline Johnston Endowed Chair in American History and Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University.
Professor Jonathan Noyalas: Director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute and editor of the Journal of the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War Era.
Dr. Joseph Rizzo: Executive Director of the Loudoun Museum.
Dr. Lauren K. Thompson: Assistant Professor of History and Director of Ethnic and Gender Studies at McKendree University.