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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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All Programs are Free & Open to the Public

This Month's Topic What: A Visit with Jennie Wade's Mother
Who: Connie Hansen
When: Monday
April 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m
Where: Indiana Historical Society Auditorium (Directions)
The story, a historical novel, is about Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Since her book was published, our speaker has taken it a step farther by adopting a first-person presentation as Mary Wade, Jennie's mother. She speaks "first-hand," in period attire, about what it was like to experience the battle, and the horror of watching her daughter die practically under her own nose. At her first presentation, she received a standing ovation and has since been scheduled to perform at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Military History Fest in St. Charles, IL, as well as at the Waukesha Civil War Round Table. Her presentation takes approximately forty minutes, and she tries to allow a question/answer session afterwards, along with the opportunity to sell her book Biscuits and Bullets: A Gettysburg Story (cost is $10).

Connie Hansen has been an avid American history buff since she was a little girl, making her first trip to Gettysburg when she was still in grade school. On that trip, she heard the story of Jennie Wade and her tragic death during the battle and knew that the story had to be told in more than a text-bookish, nonfiction format. It took her years of research and many trips to Gettysburg before she saw the book come to fruition. She has slept in the house where Jennie was born, attended the church she attended, visited her grave, and strolled the streets of Gettysburg dressed in period attire (being a re-enactor has its merits!). Now, as Jennie's mother, she brings the story of the battle and their simple lives to life in a way that the book can't.

2016-2017 Program Schedule

Sept 12, 2016 Fire in the Water James Alexander Thom
Oct. 10, 2016 Who Was Private John Rooks? : Counties Named for Civil War Combat Deaths Charlie Aiken
Nov. 14, 2016 The War Not Forgotten - Civil War Soldiers, Central State Hospital and PTSD Robert Houghtalen
Dec. 12, 2016 Maps, Mapping & Mapmakers of the Civil War: A Novice Explorer's Perspective Lou Malcomb
Jan. 9, 2017 Lew Wallace's Civil War Career Ray Boomhower
Feb. 13, 2017 Paying for the Civil War: Taxes, Internal Revenue and Enrolled Agents Jim Floyd
Mar. 13, 2017 Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy Gary Joiner
Apr. 10, 2017 A Visit with Jennie Wade's Mother Connie Hansen
May 8, 2017 The Murder of Major General William "Bull" Nelson Robert I. Girardi
June 12, 2017 Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre Thomas Bogar

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