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HUMAN COST OF VICTORY AND DEFEAT -- The
Southeastern Louisiana University Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies'
19th annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, scheduled for June 10-11 at
Southeastern’s War Memorial Student Union, will examine "War on the Periphery:
Commandos, Spies, Sailors, and the Human Cost of War." A photo from
the Southeastern Louisiana University archives in the Center for Southeast
Louisiana Studies shows Sergeant Lawson Rheams, who enlisted in Company
A of the Fourth Louisiana Infantry Regiment at Camp Moore on May 25, 1861.
The Fourth Louisiana Regiment was heavily recruited from the Florida Parishes.
Though severely wounded in July 1864, Rheams remained with the regiment
for the duration of the war being among the handful of survivors of his
company who surrendered at Pass Manchac, La. on May 22, 1865 six weeks
after Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomatox.
SOUTHEASTERN’S 19TH ANNUAL DEEP DELTA CIVIL WAR
SYMPOSIUM EXAMINES "WAR ON THE PERIPHERY"
HAMMOND – "War on the Periphery:
Commandos, Spies, Sailors, and the Human Cost of War" will be the theme
of the annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, June 10-11, at Southeastern
Now in its 19th year, the
symposium is one of the largest Civil War conferences in the United States
and annually attracts a national audience as well as many local Civil War
enthusiasts. Sponsored by Southeastern's Center for Southeast Louisiana
Studies and Department of History and Political Science, the two-day symposium
will be held in War Memorial Student Union Theatre.
Center for Southeast Louisiana
Studies Director Samuel C. Hyde Jr., Southeastern’s Ford Family Endowed
Chair in Regional Studies, said the symposium will examine Civil War commandos,
spies, naval engagements and a wealth of other issues. Topics include a
little studied major commando operation that occurred just across the border
in Mississippi, the 1862 Confederate effort to capture New Mexico, espionage
operations during the war, and the Fort Henry and Donelson campaigns.
The symposium will begin
at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, and continue with hourly presentations
until 7:30 p.m. Sessions on Saturday, June 11, begin at 8:30 a.m., with
the final day’s presentation scheduled for 7 p.m.
“Social hours are interspersed
throughout the program to offer guests the opportunity to share views with
the scholars,” Hyde said. “A 2:45 p.m. roundtable debate on Saturday is
designed to encourage lively exchanges of views between the presenters
and the audience.”
The symposium’s nine presenters
include first time speakers as well as returning favorites, Hyde said.
Speakers include noted authors James Hollandsworth, William Still, Gary
Joiner, and Terry Winschel.
“School instruction and
conferences concerning the Civil War have experienced a dramatic transformation
in recent years,” Hyde said. “National circles no longer view the Civil
War as two determined sides contesting a competing view of America that
was ultimately decided by Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomatox. Instead,
the national perspective has reduced the relevance of the war to one issue,
slavery, and assigned accolades to the victors and something close to shame
to the defeated Confederates. Civil War literature has accordingly assigned
glory to all who served the Union while something decidedly less has been
given to those who fought for the South.”
Hyde said one of the Deep
Delta Civil War Symposium=s continuing missions is “to combat the monolithic,
and in the view of many inaccurate, portrayal of the purpose and significance
of the Civil War.”
“As always,” he said, “the
Deep Delta Symposium is committed to revealing all viewpoints and perspectives,
and audience participation is encouraged.”
Special prices are available
for advance purchases of tickets, but participants can purchase individual
session or full conference tickets at the door.
For additional information
about the Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, including fees, call 985-549-2151,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the “events” link at www.selu.edu/Academics/Depts/RegionalStudies.