By now many of you have heard all about “The Future of Civil War History: Beyond the 150th” conference held at Gettysburg College last week. In many ways it was a great deal of fun as well as a worthwhile intellectual experience, and Peter Carmichael, Scott Hartwig (who works for an unnamed agency), and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College deserve a great deal of credit for that. A good number of the papers presented were engaging and stimulating, and several panels explored various issues of interest to many in attendance: many of those who attended offered glowing comments about the event (and their participation in it). Several attendees even offered sustained coverage of the conference on real time at Twitter under the hashtag #cwfuture, and you may learn something there.
Now that the sparklers have died down, perhaps it’s time for the fireworks to begin.