A few days ago I received the program for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association which will be held in Atlanta this year. In addition to the roundtable discussion on Civil War soldiers that I will be joining there are a number of sessions on the war and related topics. One of those sessions is titled, "Planning for the Civil War Sesquicentennial" which will take place on Sunday, January 7 from 11:00-1:00pm. This roundtable will be headed by Rick Beard who is in charge of the CWS Project; he was recently named new director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which is located in Springfield, Illinois. Other panelists include Robert J. Cook of Sheffield University, Gordon L. Jones of the Atlanta History Center and Carroll Van West, who works with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. I assume that they are all involved in the project in some capacity. There is no website for the project. My guess is that this session will begin the discussion of how to go about organizing events and other related projects.
Civil War Sesquicentennial Project
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History