The Hard Hand of War: Irregulars and Civilians in the Civil War
Co-Conveners: LeeAnn Whites (Univ. of Missouri) and Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State Univ.)
October 23-25, 2014
Lee Ann Whites (University of Missouri), Aaron Sheehan-Dean (Louisiana State University), and The Filson convened a three-day academic conference to explore the experience of civilians and irregulars during the Civil War. The conference continued 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.