The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum will partner with the SC Department of Archives and History and the SC Historical Society to present a one-day symposium on the topic of “Religion in the Civil War” on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The event will feature lectures, a bus-tour of historic cemeteries in Columbia, SC, and a tour of the exhibit Through Fiery Trails: Religion in the Civil War. SC Humanities supported this program through a Mini Grant in December 2011.
The Religion in the Civil War Symposium will feature several prominent scholars and authors speaking about the impact that religion had on soldiers and chaplains during the Civil War. Dr. George Rable, author of God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War, is the keynote speaker. Dr. W. Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes (Faith, Valor, and Devotion: The Civil War Letters of William Porcher DuBose) and John W. Brinsfield (Faith in the Fight) will also speak and encourage dialogue about this interesting topic. Additionally, participants will go on a bus tour of First Baptist Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington Street Methodist Church & Elmwood Cemetery, and of the SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum.
The Symposium will take place at the SC Department of Archives and History building at 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC, 29223 on January 28, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with the display of the exhibit Through Fiery Trails: Religion in the Civil War at the SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum through May 2012.
Registration for the symposium costs $30 in advance and $35 at the door and includes lunch. To register or for more information, visit the SC Confederate Relic Room website at http://www.crr.sc.gov/Pages/default.aspx or call 803-737-8094.
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