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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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Shadow of Shiloh What: The Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War
Who: Gail Stephens
When: March 10, 2014 at 7:30PM
Where: Indiana Historical Society (Directions)
Gail Stephens has a Bachelor's Degree in International Politics from George Washington University in Washington DC, and did graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities. She worked for the Department of Defense for 26 years, retiring in 1994 as a member of the Department's Senior Executive Service. Upon retirement, she began to study the American Civil War. She volunteers at Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, Maryland, lectures regularly on various Civil War topics, including Monocacy, Major General Lew Wallace and the 1864 Maryland campaign, and gives battlefield tours. In 2002, she won the National Park Service's E.W. Peterkin award for her contributions to public understanding of Civil War history. Gail is on the boards of the General Lew Wallace Study Museum and the Western Maryland Interpretive Association. She has written articles on Lew Wallace and Early's 1864 invasion of the North for several Civil War publications, including North and South magazine. Her book on Wallace's Civil War career, Shadow of Shiloh, published by the Indiana Historical Society Press in October 2010, won the Civil War Forum of New York City's William Henry Seward Award for best Civil War biography of 2011.

2013-2014 Program Schedule

Sept. 9, 2013 Embalming in the Civil War Jon Austin
Oct. 14, 2013 500 Strong: Wabash College Students in the Civil War Professor James Barnes and his wife, Patience Barnes
Nov. 11, 2013 U.S. Christian Commission Kevin & Cindy Rushton
Dec. 9, 2013 Edmund Ruffin Dan Moll
Jan. 13, 2014 Sutler Tokens Dennis Haskett
Feb. 10, 2014 VMI's Civil War Legacy Dave Sutherland
Mar. 10, 2014 Sundered by Memory: The Confederate Flag, Black Confederates, and the Racialization of Civil War Memory Justin Ellison
Apr. 14, 2014 The Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War Gail Stephens
May 12, 2014 The Battle of Cedar Creek, by Col. W.H. Polhamus Fred Leickly
Jun. 9, 2014 'Liberal Provisions . . . Nothing . . . Action which Comes Far Short': State and Local Government Attempts to Aid Soldiers' Families in Indiana Anita Morgan

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