Burnham Lecture

Burnham Lecture in Civil War History | The Center for Civil War Research

Each April, the Center for Civil War Research invites a distinguished historian to the University of Mississippi to deliver a lecture on the Civil War era. The Burnham Lecture in Civil War History is free and open to the public.

Dr. Van Robinson Burnham was a family physician, Mississippi native, and University of Mississippi alumnus whose lifelong love of history and archeology prompted his generous support for the Center for Civil War Research. Through the Burnham Lectures, the Center honors Burnham's commitment to sharing historical knowledge and ensuring that others have the resources to explore and learn from history.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

2015:

"Death of the President: The Murder of Abraham Lincoln."

April 14, 2015 at 6pm, Location TBD

John R. Neff , Director of the Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi

Dr. Neff is a Civil War historian who not only examines the military aspects of the war but also analyzes the momentous social and political ramifcations wrought by the conflict. His most recent book, Honoring the Civil War Dead: Commemoration and the Problem of Reconciliation (2004), examined how memorializing the war dead kept alive lingering sectional animosities and subsequently impeded the process of reconciliation. Dr. Neff is currently working on an examination of Civil War memory in postwar Chicago.

 

Past Burnham Lecturers

2014:

"Sorrow and Survival: Providing for the Families of Gettysburg's Soldier Dead."

Carol Reardon, George Winfree Professor of American History, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Reardon is a military historian of the Civil War who incorporates political and social history into her research of military doctrine and training. She has published a number of works on Civil War military history, including the award winning Pickett's Charge in History and Memory (1997), With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other (2012), and the recent A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield Through Its History, Places, and People (2013), which she co-authored with William Thomas Vossler.

 

2013:

"God as General: Was There a Religious History of the American Civil War?"

George Rable, Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History, University of Alabama

Dr. Rable has published five books on a diverse array of Civil War Era topics, his most recent being God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War (2010). His research has won numerous prizes, including the Jefferson Davis Award, the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, and the Lincoln Prize. His current research will explore the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Goerge B. McClellan as well as how Confederates defined their "Yankee" enemies

 

2012:

"Terrorism and Counterterrorism in the American Civil War"

Daniel Sutherland, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Arkansas

Daniel Sutherland is the author of eight books and over forty chapters and articles on a range of topics in the Civil War Era. His most recent book, A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerillas in the American Civil War (2009), won the 2010 Tom Watson Brown Book Prize for scholarship on the Civil War era.

 

2011:

"Disunion!"

Elizabeth Varon, Professor of History, University of Virginia

Elizabeth Varon's research focuses on the American South, the Civil War Era, and Women's and Gender history. Her publications include We Mean to be Counted: White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia (1998) and Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 (2008). She joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 2011.

 

2010:

"Hollywood's Civil War: How Films Shape Memory"

Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, University of Virginia

Gary Gallagher has written and edited numerous books on the Civil War, inluding The Confederate War (1997) and most recently, The Union War (2011). His research includes work on Civil War memory, the Lost Cause, and Robert E. Lee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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