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We are amateur and professional historians in Central Indiana dedicated to studying and understanding the American Civil War. We welcome anyone interested in the American Civil War to join the ICWRT. Annual dues are $30 for an individual, $35 for a family,or $15 for a student. The dues are used to defray production costs of our newsletter, Hardtack, and other programs. We invite you to attend a meeting as a guest and we feel that you will enjoy your visit and enlist. To enlist for the upcoming campaign, Click Here for a membership form

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This Month's Topic What: Forbidden, Hidden, and Forgotten: Women in the Ranks during the Civil War
Who: Shelby Harriel
When: Monday
June 13, 2016, at 6:45 p.m
Where: MCL Cafeteria - Township Line
(2370 West 86th Street)
Please note that this meeting is on a Monday at 6:45 PM at the Township Line MCL

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women boldly defied Victorian societal norms when they disguised themselves as men, shouldered muskets, and joined the firing line. As soldiers, they participated in every major engagement from the beginning to the end of the Civil War. Their wartime experiences and sacrifices mirrored those of their male counterparts. They served picket duty along the snowy banks of the Rappahannock, languished in Andersonville, suffered debilitating wounds during the Wilderness, succumbed to disease in New Orleans, and lost their lives during Pickett's charge. WHY did these women risk the shame that discovery would bring them and their families? WHY did they risk their lives fighting a man's war? During this audio/visual presentation, you will learn the answer in their own words. In addition, hear generals, common soldiers, and ordinary citizens describe their interactions with these women warriors.

Shelby Harriel received her B.A. in History with a minor in mathematics in May 1997, and her M.Ed. with an emphasis in mathematics and history in 2005. She earned both degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. Shelby has been teaching mathematics at Pearl River Community College since 2007. While her career has always revolved around mathematics, Shelby actively pursues her passion for history through research, exchanging ideas, and speaking to the public. For her efforts, Pearl River Community College bestowed upon her the Outstanding Humanities Instructor award in 2014.

2015-2016 Program Schedule

Sept. 14, 2015 Civil War Feuds: A Family Tradition Peter Mullen
Oct. 12, 2015 Alexander Gardner: Civil War Photographs and More Steve Rolfe
Nov. 9, 2015 William S. Rosecrans and the Union Victory David Moore
Dec. 14, 2015 Acoustic Shadows During the Civil War Tony Roscetti
Jan. 11, 2016 The Irish Brigade at Antietam Tony Trimble
Feb. 8, 2016 Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Years Alan Teller
Mar. 14, 2016 The Battle of New Market Dave Sutherland
Apr. 11, 2016 The U.S.S. Constitution in the Civil War Bruce Kolb
May 9, 2016 Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War Brian Jordan
June 13, 2016 Forbidden, Hidden, & Forgotten: Women in the Ranks During the Civil War Shelby Harriel

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