• Moderator: Tom Kelliher
• Level: Middle School
• Days: Tuesday/Thursday
The Civil War was the epic conflict that shaped the History of the United States. Dr. Thomas G. Kelliher, Jr. will run the activity. He earned his Ph.D. in American History and has run twenty-five Civil War trips to the Washington, D.C. area.
Dr. Kelliher will explain how leaders reacted to the incredible pressure of combat. The importance of leadership, courage, and other virtues will be the underlying theme of the class. Many classes will focus on how men lived or failed to live heroic virtue. About one-third of the class will focus on the Battle of Gettysburg. The club will also watch movies (ex. Gettysburg) and selected documentaries about the Civil War, including parts of Ken Burns’s Civil War. The club will not only cover men in battle, but also how these same men lived their lives before and after this great conflict that shaped our country.
The club will only meet during school time. There is no outside work required. However, there will be suggested recommended readings.