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George Rable to Speak on Religion and the Civil War at the University of Mississippi

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The Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi is pleased to announce that George C. Rable, of the University of Alabama, will give the 2013 Burnham Lecture in Civil War History on Thursday, April 25th.  Dr Rable’s lecture is entitled God as General: Was There a Religious History of the American Civil War?  The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held in Farley Hall, room 202.

George C. Rable holds the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama.  He is the author of numerous award-winning books on a wide range of Civil War era topics, including Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!, winner of the 2003 Lincoln Prize.  His most recent work, God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the Civil War, explores how Americans used faith to understand the war’s larger meaning and its impact on their lives.  His current research focuses on the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan as well as how Confederates defined their “Yankee” enemies.

The University of Mississippi established the Center for Civil War Research in the spring of 2009. The Center promotes a more thorough understanding of the American Civil War, its history, and its scholarship, among the various constituencies of the University.  Each April, the Center for Civil War Research invites a distinguished historian to the University of Mississippi to deliver a lecture on the Civil War era.  Dr. Van Robinson Burnham was a family physician, Mississippi native, and University of Mississippi alumnus whose lifelong love of history and archeology prompted his generous support for the Center for Civil War Research. Through the Burnham Lectures, the Center honors Burnham’s commitment to sharing historical knowledge and ensuring that others have the resources to explore and learn from history.  For more information, visit

The Center for Civil War Research invites you to save the date for our 2013 Conference on the Civil War.  The conference, entitled, “This Terrible War” will be held Oct. 3-5, 2013, and will explore the war years.  The keynote speaker will be Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize winning historian and author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.  Dr. Foner will speak on October 3rd, 2013.