Popular Misconceptions about Civil War Military History

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This opening round table explored some of the most common popular misconceptions about Civil War military history, such as misunderstanding of the role of rifled muskets and defensive warfare, and minimization of the important role of logistics. Panelists and audience members also engaged in conversation about the role of movies in shaping popular understandings of the Civil War.


This session was part of the Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th conference, which was jointly sponsored by the Civil War Institute, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg National Military Park and held at Gettysburg College from March 14-16, 2013. The conference drew approximately 450 attendees from all walks of the historical profession, as well as members of the general public.

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