The Civil War as Seen Through the Eyes of Two Soldiers
Imagine clearing out your parents’ attic here in Pittsburgh and finding an enormous collection of letters written by two brothers as they fought in the Civil War. Faced with that situation, and not knowing where the letters came from, the instructor for this class, along with his wife and several friends, spent many years transcribing the letters, visiting the home area of the two Vermont soldiers, and touring battlefields to follow in their footsteps as they prepared to write a book about the two brothers. This class will trace the history of the Civil War with frequent references to the vivid accounts of battles and other aspects of army life as described by these two soldiers who witnessed and helped to make history, and then preserved that history through their detailed and insightful letters. It will emphasize the battles in which they participated: The Peninsula Campaign, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek.
Carleton Young*, PhD, has undergraduate degrees in economics and English from Westminster College and Point Park University, an MA in history from Ohio University, and his PhD in the history of education from the University of Pittsburgh. For 37 years he taught a very popular AP history class at Thomas Jefferson High School. He has also taught classes as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny County, the University of Pittsburgh, and Eastern Gateway Community College. Registration required.