Religion in the Civil War Symposium coming to Columbia
On Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the South Carolina Historical Society will host a oneday symposium exploring the topic of Religion in the Civil War.
This event invites the public to join historians and scholars in an indepth discussion regarding how faith and religion impacted both sides of the conflict. Participants will examine the Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faiths from both the northern and southern viewpoints and explore the extent to which soldiers and chaplains leaned on their faith during the Civil War.
Relic Room director Allen Roberson calls this event a great partnership opportunity for three greatly respected historical organizations and an opportunity to help audiences further create a relationship with history.
“I’m an advocate of agencies and organizations working together whenever possible,” he says.
“And this is an excellent way to bring a new perspective to the Civil War’s 150th anniversary commemorations. I think participants will really be challenged to draw new parallels between religion’s role in today’s society and the role it played in the mid 19th century.”
The day’s events will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. George Rable, professor at the University of Alabama and author of God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War. Lectures will also be given by W. Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes, authors of Faith, Valor, and Devotion: The Civil War Letters of William Porcher DuBose, and John Brinsfield author of Faith in the Fight. A guided tour of Columbia’s most significant Civil War era churches, Elmwood Cemetery, and of the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum’s newest exhibit, “Through Fiery Trials: Religion in the Civil War” will also be a part of the day’s program.
The day’s program will begin at 8:30am and conclude at 4:00pm. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 the day of. Lunch is included.