Lincoln and Ohio’s Changing Politics

On Saturday, April 22nd at 9:00 a.m., the Clark County Historical Society will present the seventh Springfield Civil War Symposium in its commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War at the Clark County Heritage Center.

Folks travel to these historical events from Ohio’s bordering states and beyond, like Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

Dr. Nicole Etcheson, an Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University will be one of the speakers and will examine “Politics and Life On the Home Front,” in the southern regions of three states: Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. She has also authored an award winning book, A Generation at War: The Civil War Era In the Northern Community”, and “Bleeding Kansas.”

Also presenting is Dr. Mark Grimsley, a Professor of History at The Ohio State University. He will be discussing the Era of Reconstruction. Any student of history will tell you that this was an issue that divided our nation as well. Find out why!

He is the author of many articles and books, including “Hard Hand of War,” for which he received the Lincoln Prize.

A third presenter is Dr. Ethan Refuse, Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army General Command and Staff College and he will explore General Stonewall Jackson and the role of Kansas in the National Conflict. He is the author and editor of eight highly regarded books and monographs.

Lastly, Dr. Thomas T. Taylor, Professor of History at Wittenberg University, who will be reporting on the military contributions of Springfield native, J. Warren Keifer. Keifer was quite a man who left an indelible mark on history. There is much more to this man than meets the eye, so this should be a very enlightening presentation, especially for Springfielders.

So, if you are inclined to gain a better and more thorough understanding of America’s Civil War, and it’s effect on the northern states, treat yourself to this year’s Civil War Symposium on April 22, 2017.

Seating is limited and reservations are required, so call for your reservations at 937. 324 . 0657. Included in the cost is a continental breakfast, a catered lunch, and refreshments.

We are fortunate here in Springfield to have folks who care enough about our nation’s history, Ohio’s History, and Springfield’s History to coordinate events such as these symposiums for our benefit. Hopefully it will continue to grow as researchers and historians continue to encounter new studies of that “mighty scourge of war.” We should make every effort in supporting these events.