16th Annual Civil War History Residency

Fast Facts

  • A three-day field trip to Civil War battlefields
  • Discussions on factors leading to the Northern victory
  • Learning activity done in conjunction with a four-credit course
  • Fulfills American history general education requirement
  • $480 for lodging, tour bus travel and dining (nonrefundable)
  • tuition, college fees and textbooks are additional

Join us April 17 - 19, 2020

Sharpsburg, Md. and Gettysburg, Pa.

Each spring, a Civil War History Residency is offered, under the direction of Gregory Edwards, Ph.D. at SUNY Empire State College at Lakewood. The residency is open to all students collegewide.

Students participate in a three-day field trip to Gettysburg and Antietam. During this trip, they will tour the battlefields and participate with other students in evening discussions on the factors leading to the Northern victory in the war. Students also will be responsible for giving an oral presentation about one of the stations on the battlefield tour.

photo of cannons at Antietam National Battlefiled Park, Sharpsburg, Md
The final attack at Antietam National Battlefield Park, Sharpsburg, Md.

Students may enroll in the course, attend the residency, and then, complete the other learning activities (required reading and written assignments) in various ways depending on the students' location – such as through a study group, as a one-to-one independent study or through an at-a-distance independent study.

Space is limited and available only to those students who have paid in full by the registration deadline.

Studies Offered with Residency

4 credits, advanced
liberal studies

Description

Sections of this course will focus on the United States Civil War. Although each section might take into account a different perspective or use a different conceptual frame, each course will cover the basic historical narrative of the Civil War, including factors that led to the war and results of the war. Upon consultation with their mentor, students may take more than one version of this course.

4 credits, intro
liberal studies
Gen Ed: American History

Description

Sections might include: Jefferson’s Bible: Reason and Religion in America. This course explores American Religious History from pre-colonial times to the present. Students will evaluate some facet of Native American, colonial, early republican, antebellum, regional and contemporary religion, alternative religions and other topics from a wide variety of perspectives. Students will also evaluate the impact of religious institutions upon Americans of various ethnic backgrounds, races and social classes. After consultation with their advisors, students may complete more than one of the sections listed under this title.

 

4 credits, intro,
liberal studies
Gen Ed: American History

Description

The Civil War Residency asks students to participate in tours of the Antietam National Battlefield Park (Sharpsburg, MD) and the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park (Gettysburg, PA) while presenting information on specific locations on the tour and participating in discussions of the factors leading to the Northern victory in the war. After consultation with their mentors, students may complete more than one section listed under this title.

4 credits, advanced level
liberal studies
Gen Ed: Western Civilization

Description

In this course, offered as part of the Civil War History Residency, students will survey the history of warfare in Western Civilization, beginning with the origins of organized warfare in the Ancient Middle East through the recent Gulf Wars, as part of this Civil War Residency course. They will examine in depth the military operations of the Civil War as the prototype of modern wars in the West.

4 credits, advanced
liberal studies
Gen Ed: American History

Description

The Civil War Residency asks students to participate in tours of the Antietam National Battlefield Park (Sharpsburg, MD) and the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park (Gettysburg, PA) while presenting information on specific locations on the tour and participating in discussions of the factors leading to the Northern victory in the war. After consultation with their mentors, students may complete more than one section listed under this title.

4 credit, advanced
liberal studies
Gen ed: American History

Description

This study will investigate in depth the generalship of some of the more important Generals during the American Civil War, and the impact of Northern and Southern generalship on the Confederacy's defeat.  As a highly advanced independent reading and research study, it can serve as a capstone study for students who are interested in designing a concentration in Military History or American History. Generals of the Civil War is offered in conjunction with the Civil War History Residency.
Prerequisites: Prior advanced level coursework on the American Civil War, era of Reconstruction, and/or American military history.
This study is part the American Civil War History Residency, which includes a three-day bus chartered field trip to Antietam National Battlefield Park (Sharpsburg, MD) and Gettysburg National Battlefield Park (Gettysburg, PA). During this trip, students will tour the 2 battlefields while listening to classmates give their presentations at each of the assigned spots on the tour and participate with other students in evening discussions. Attendance at the residency is required.

4 credit, advanced
liberal studies
Gen Ed: American History

Description

This study, part of the American Civil War Residency, will investigate in depth the military history of the United States from the colonial period through the 20th century. A core learning activity for this study is the Civil War History Residency.
Prerequisites: Prior advanced level coursework on the American Civil War, era of Reconstruction, and/or American military history.

4 credit, intro
liberal studies
Gen Ed: American History

Description

This course, offered through the Civil War Residency, explores important events in American Military history from the pre-colonial era through the 21st century. While every aspect of American history will not be discussed in depth, students will examine various political, social and cultural themes in this study, some in great detail. Critical reading skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources and produce written interpretations will be emphasized.

TimeActivity
8 a.m. pick up in Jamestown, N.Y.
11 a.m. pick up in Corning, N.Y.
1:30 p.m. McDonald’s stop in Lewisburg, Pa. (meal not included in residency price)
3:00 p.m. pick up in Dauphin PA
4:30 p.m. check in for hotel lodging in Hagerstown, Md.
5 p.m. dinner at Cracker Barrel
6:30-8:30 p.m. group discussion at hotel

TimeActivity
6-7 a.m. continental breakfast at hotel
8 a.m. Antietam National Battlefield Park, Sharpsburg, Md.
noon lunch delivered to visitor center
4 p.m. depart battlefield
4:30 p.m. return to hotel lodging in Hagerstown, Md.
5 p.m. dinner at Cracker Barrel
6:30-8:30 p.m. group discussion at hotel

TimeActivity
6-7 a.m. continental breakfast at hotel and hotel check out
8 a.m. Gettysburg National Battlefield Park, Gettysburg, Pa.
noon lunch delivered to bus picnic area
3 p.m. depart battlefield
4 p.m. drop off in Dauphin PA
5:30 p.m. McDonald’s stop in Lewisburg, Pa. (meal not included in residency price)
8:30 p.m. drop off in Corning, N.Y.
11:30 p.m. drop off in Jamestown, N.Y.

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)

Students will be provided with the detailed itinerary once registered.

Want more information?

Alumni and guests are welcome to join us. $480 guest residency trip fee. Guest registration and payment deadline is March 19, 2020. Contact Gregory Edwards to register for the residency trip as a guest.

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