Science and technology in Civil War subject of lecture series

Circa-1863 Currier & Ives lithograph The Battle of Gettysburg.

Circa-1863 Currier & Ives lithograph The Battle of Gettysburg.

RICHMOND, Va. – The Museum of the Confederacy and Virginia Commonwealth University are partnering with The Citizens School for Science and Technology at the University of South Carolina to present a series of six public lectures that explore the science and technology of the Civil War. The six lectures will be held at the Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 East Clay Street, Richmond, Virginia, during August and September, 2011, with featured speakers from The Museum of the Confederacy, the VCU Medical Center, Loyola University, The National Park Service, E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, and Longwood University.

The lectures will explore topics on innovations in naval warfare, current science and technology used to study museum artifacts, medical care during the Civil War, Confederate patents, and photography, as well as the new techniques that were used and how they helped to change the face of war. The final lecture will be a panel discussion on Civil War battlefield technologies and the broader historical and geographic impact of these advances.

Speakers are: Dr. John M. Coski and Catherine Wright of the Museum of the Confederacy; Dr. James P. Neifield, MD, FACS; Stuart McGuire, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at VCU School of Medicine; Jack Knight, agent for E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company; Dr. Kelly DeVries of Loyola University, Mike Gorman, ranger and historian, Richmond National Battlefield Park; and Dr. Charles Ross of Longwood University.

The lectures will be presented Aug. 11, 18, and 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Sept. 7 and 14, 6-7:30 p.m., and Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m.

The lectures are free. To register, send an email to: walkerkm@email.sc.edu or go to the Calendar of Events page under Visit Us on the Museum’s website www.moc.org. For more information call Kelly Hancock at 804-649-1861 ext. 21.

The Museum of the Confederacy is a private, nonprofit educational institution. The Museum and White House are located at 1201 E. Clay St., in downtown Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood. Free parking is available in the MCV/VCU Hospitals Visitor/Patient parking deck adjacent to the Museum.

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ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE


Circa-1863 Currier & Ives lithograph The Battle of Gettysburg.

Circa-1863 Currier & Ives lithograph The Battle of Gettysburg.

Assortment of medicines used to treat soldiers during the American Civil War era, on display at the 2009 re-enactment of the Battle of Corydon in Indiana. Photo by Charles Edward, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Assortment of medicines used to treat soldiers during the American Civil War era, on display at the 2009 re-enactment of the Battle of Corydon in Indiana. Photo by Charles Edward, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.