Kentucky's place in the Civil War is focus of public symposium
Civil War scholars preparing for a busy 150th year commemoration will speak March 10–11 at a public University of Louisville conference titled “Pathways to Freedom: Kentucky and the Civil War.”
Historians and other scholars will discuss the war in Kentucky, the state and national divisions, African Americans in war, emancipation and the war’s depiction in the arts.
Topics will include the Battle of Perryville, Civil War governors, guerrilla warfare, Kentucky Unionism, Civil War constitutional amendments, African American soldiers’ enlistment and their families, Camp Nelson, race and gender in hospital work, and the road to emancipation in a Union slave state.
The arts talks will examine Walt Whitman’s poetry about war and President Abraham Lincoln; Louisville’s depiction in photographs, engravings and maps; and Thomas Waterman Wood’s three-panel “A Bit of War History,” painted in Louisville.
The Thursday schedule is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 6 p.m. dinner and Friday schedule is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Registration is $65 for the general public and $35 for UofL faculty, staff and students. The price includes Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Saturday breakfast. Registration is encouraged by March 4 as seating is limited. To register, send an e-mail to Janna Tajibaeva.
“Pathways to Freedom” is sponsored by UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Arts and Culture Partnerships Initiative.