“Touched with Fire:” Examining Wartime Participation of Men and Women in the American Civil War
With Nina Silber, Boston University and Museum Educators from the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy
JANUARY 6, 2011, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. - READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING LAB and ADDISON GALLERY OF AMERICAN ART, PHILLIPS ACADEMY, ANDOVER, MA

Nearly twenty years after the end of the Civil War, Oliver Wendell Holmes remarked that participants’ hearts were “touched with fire” as they engaged in the American Civil War. This session will work to consider the idea of Civil War "participation" among both men and women. Topics to be examined include: examining the reasons people participated in the war in connection and comparison with what historians view as the big factors that caused the war, an examination of the various participants in the war and the beliefs they hold about their involvement, problems with sustaining morale as the war continued, the participation of women North and South, and the continuous home front and warfront during the war. The latter half of the session will take place at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. In an examination of “the power of intention” participants will work with the Addison Gallery’s rich collection of photographs, paintings, sketches of the American Civil War to consider questions such as: What stories do Civil War photographs tell? How do the intentions of Civil War photographers compare to subsequent and recent war photographers? How many images are needed in order to tell the whole story of an event? Do photographs or illustrations tell a more convincing story? and Who saw the images? How were they viewed?

**Session Materials and Resources**

Education at the Addison Gallery of American Art

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Approximate Schedule:
8:00 - 8:15
Arrival, Breakfast, and Check In
8:15 - 9:00
Introductions and Warm Up Activity: Civil War Letters
Kara Gleason, Project Director
9:00 - 11:30
with break
Examining Wartime Participation of Men and Women in the Civil War
Nina Silber, Boston University
11:30 - 11:55
Lunch: Sandwich Selections/Boxed Lunches Provided
11:55 - 12:15
Travel to Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy Andover
12:15 - 2:15
The Power of Intention: Considering Civil War Images
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy Andover
2:15 - 2:30
Closing - Participants are free to stay longer to view the Addison Gallery's exhibits and collections

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History Connected Seminar #4