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


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.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Venue Rental

Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

View a virtual tour of our spaces!

Visit the Filson

1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson is temporarily closed to the public to protect our staff, volunteers, and patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1618526662aciro1618526662tsihn1618526662oslif1618526662@hcra1618526662eser1618526662.


Brown Forman Logo
Fund for the Arts Logo
Blue Grass Motorsport Logo
PNC Logo
Cave Hill Cemetery Logo
Kentucky Select Properties Logo
JBS Logo
Stock Yards Bank and Trust Logo
The Eye Care Institute Logo