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Civil War Seminar




 Saturday, 6 February

8:30 a.m.   Jarman Auditorium doors open 
9:00 a.m.   Introduction by Dr. David Coles, Professor & Chair, Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy, Longwood University
9:10 a.m.   Ernie Price
    Marching out of Formation: Confederates Going Home after Appomattox
10:15 a.m.   Patrick Schroeder 
    Appomattox: After the Surrender to 1965
11:15 p.m.   Rick Hatcher 
    Return to Fort Sumter  
12:30 p.m.   Lunch
1:45 p.m.   Frank O'Reilly

Uneasy Alliance: Brokering Peace with Grant and Lee

2:45 p.m.   Eric Wittenberg

Wade Hampton and Joshua Chamberlain: Parallel Lives Well Lived




Richard W. Hatcher III, a native of Richmond, VA, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973 with a BA in History. In 1970 he began his career with the National Park Service as a volunteer and seasonal employee at Richmond National Battlefield and then at Fort Pickens - Gulf Islands National Seashore. Rick became a permanent employee in 1976 at Colonial National Historical Park, transferred to Kings Mountain National Military Park in 1977, and moved to Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in 1978. In1992 he accepted the position of Historian at Fort Sumter National Monument, which includes Fort Moultrie, and the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. In 2015 Rick retired, having served more than 44 years with the National Park Service. Rick is the author of "The Campaign and Battle of Wilson's Creek" (Essential Civil War Curriculum, Center for Civil War Studies, Virginia Tech, 2015), and has written entries for The South Carolina Encyclopedia (University of South Carolina Press, 2006), The Civil War Battlefield Guide (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998), and the Encyclopedia of the Confederacy (Simon & Schuster, 1993). He is the co-author of The First Shot (Arcadia Press, 2011), Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), and Wilson's Creek, The Second Major Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It (University of North Carolina Press, 2000).


Frank A. O'Reilly graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1987. He joined the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, then worked briefly at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, before returning to Fredericksburg in 1990 as the permanent historian for the "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine. O'Reilly has also served as an historical consultant for the City of Fredericksburg. His latest book, The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock, received a 2003 nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters and has received numerous awards. O'Reilly has written numerous articles on the Civil War and Mexican War and has appeared in a number of video documentaries, and lectured extensively on military history to audiences around the world. O'Reilly served as the Sesquicentennial special events coordinator for the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsvil1e, and the Overland Campaign's 150th anniversary commemorations, and is currently researching a book on the Battle of Malvern Hill and the Seven Days' Campaign around Richmond.


Ernie is originally from Forest, Virginia and now lives in Concord with his wife and 9-year-old daughter. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Longwood College and Masters of Education from Lynchburg College. While in school, he worked numerous summer seasonal jobs in the National Park Service at Appomattox Court House, Richmond National Battlefield, and Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site. After a stint teaching English in South Korea, Ernie returned to the U.S. and began a permanent career with the NPS in 1997, starting on the National Mall in Washington D.C. After three years on the Mall, he moved to Ford's Theatre and then to the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo, Mississippi. In April, 2008, Ernie returned home as the chief of visitor services and education at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.


Patrick Schroeder graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV.  He has an M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech.  From 1986-1993, and 1998-2001, Patrick worked as a seasonal living history interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  In 1993, he wrote Thirty Myths About Lee’s Surrender.   From 1994–1999, he worked at Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial.  He has been the Historian at Appomattox since 2002.  Schroeder has written, edited and/or contributed to more than 25 Civil War titles and articles, including More Myths About Lee’s Surrender; The Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox; Images of America: Appomattox County; Pennsylvania Bucktails; and We Came To Fight:  A History of the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, Duryee’s Zouaves, 1863-1865.  In an effort to protect sites relevant to the Appomattox Campaign, Schroeder has set up the "Appomattox Fund" with the Civil War Preservation Trust, to save land important to the climactic events of April 1865. 


An attorney in Columbus, Ohio, Eric J. Wittenberg has long been a student of Civil War cavalry operations. Wittenberg has published eighteen books on Civil War history, many of them centering on the Gettysburg Campaign, and several of which have won awards. Additionally, his articles have appeared in Gettysburg Magazine, North & South, Blue & Gray, Hallowed Ground,America's Civil War, and Civil War Times Illustrated. He is very active in battlefield preservation, 'and often works with the Civil War Trust on various preservation projects. He is a frequent speaker on the Civil War lecture circuit, and is in demand as a tour guide. He previously served as a member of the Governor of Ohio's Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He maintains a popular blog, " Rantings of a Civil War Historian", and also contributes to the "Emerging Civil War" blog. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


This Annual Conference is Sponsored by:

  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  • Eastern National Bookstore
  • The Department of History, Political Science, & Philosophy at Longwood University


This seminar is free and open to the public.


Lunch is Available at the Longwood University's Dorrill Dining Hall. 


PARKING is available in the Wheeler and Cox Lots on Griffin Blvd.  To reach the Wheeler Lot:  From downtown Main Street, turn onto High Street at the traffic light in front of the Farmville Town Hall.  Travel approximately four blocks to the next traffic light.  Turn left onto Griffin Boulevard.  Proceed for about one block.  Turn right onto Chambers Street, then turn right into the Wheeler Lot.  If the Wheeler Lot is full, turn left off of Chambers Street into the Cox Lot.  Additional parking will be available in the Randolph Street Lot (behind the Farmville United Methodist Church).  Do not park in 24-hour reserved spaces, handicapped spaces (without proper tag), or tow-away zones. 

Signs will be posted on the Longwood University Campus.  For directions to the campus go to www.longwood.edu.  For more information contact Dr. David Coles at 434.395.2220 or Patrick Schroeder at 434.352.8987, Ext. 32.