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Southeastern hosts 22nd annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium June 6-7

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND"Angels of Mercy, Perfidious Albion, and Confederate Leadership in the Western Campaign” is the theme of the annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, June 6-7, at Southeastern Louisiana University.

     Now in its 22nd year, the symposium is one of the largest Civil War conferences in the United States and annually attracts a national audience as well as many local Civil War enthusiasts. Sponsored by Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science, the two-day symposium will be held in the War Memorial Student Union Theatre.

     Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, said speakers for the 2008 symposium include Deep Delta veterans and newcomers.

     Robison said one of the newcomers, Leslie Goddard Allardice, will open the symposium on June 6, 7:30 p.m., with Deep Delta’s first living history presentation. Allardice, who has a master’s degree in theater and doctoral degree in women’s studies and American history from Northwestern University, creates vivid portraits of some of history's most memorable women. She will present “Civil War Nurse Clara Barton: Angel of Mercy,” which brings to life various personalities from her “Great Women of History” programs.

     Veteran speakers on June 7 include former Southeastern history professor Larry Hewitt, who will speak on “Braxton Bragg and His Cavalry” at 9:30 a.m., and William Cooper, Boyd Professor of History and former dean of the Graduate School at Louisiana State University, who will give the symposium’s concluding address, “President Jefferson Davis and the War in the West,” at 6 p.m.

     Robison will present “The British Are Not Coming: Prince Albert, Perfidious Albion, and Civil War Diplomacy” at 4:30 p.m.

     The symposium will also include round table discussions, social hours, and book sales of speakers’ publications. Special prices are available for tickets purchased before June 1. Participants may also purchase individual session or full conference tickets at the door. Discount prices are available for spouses and children. Fee information and a complete schedule are available online at

     The symposium is free to all Southeastern faculty and students with their Southeastern I.D. Faculty are invited to bring a guest, also free of charge. Teachers in the Teaching American History grant program may be eligible for a grant for symposium fees and are asked to contact TAH grant coordinator Ann Trappey at

     Additional presenters and their topics on June 7 will include:

       8:30 a.m. -- “Albert Sidney Johnston’s Plan for Shiloh” by Gary Joiner, LSU-Shreveport, author of numerous Civil War related books, including “One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: the Red River Campaign of 1864.”

     ▪ 10:30 a.m. – “That Devil Forrest” by Brian Steel Wills, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, author of “A Battle from the Start: the Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest”; “The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia”; and “Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema.”

     ▪ 11:30 a.m. – “John C. Pemberton and the Struggle for Vicksburg” by Bruce S. Allardice, president of the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table, author of “More Generals in Gray.”

     ▪ 1:30 p.m. – “Joe Johnston and the Atlanta Campaign” by Richard McMurry, Emory University, author of works including “Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History” and “John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence.”

     ▪ 2:30 p.m. – “William J. Hardee and the Battles around Atlanta” by Thomas E. Schott, historian for U.S. Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command, author of “Alexander H. Stevens of Georgia: A Biography.”

     ▪ 3:30 p.m. – “Butchered at Franklin: Brigadier General Hiram Granbury,” by John Lundberg of the Austin Civil War Round Table, author of “The Finishing Stroke: Texans in the 1864 Tennessee Campaign.”

     For additional information about the Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, contact the Department of History and Political Science, 985-549-2109 or, or visit

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