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General George Custer was nicknamed “Ringlets" by his men during the Civil War for his vanity about his appearance and his love for his long, curling blond hair.

Civil War Symposium

Date: March, 8th 2012 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

“Victory Achieved — Freedom Denied: From Civil War to Reconstruction in Kentucky”

Civil War Symposium

March 8, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

March 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

How Kentuckians fared in the late Civil War and afterward will be the focus of a March 8-9 conference at the University of Louisville on “Victory Achieved — Freedom Denied: From Civil War to Reconstruction in Kentucky.”

The public symposium is sponsored by UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, along with the Frazier History Museum through support from the Institute of Museum & Library Services. The conference includes the chance to visit several related local history exhibits.

Most sessions will be in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium with Thursday lunch at the University Club and dinner downtown at the Frazier History Museum. The Thursday conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a 6:15 p.m. tour of the museum’s “Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy” exhibit of more than 100 artifacts and the 7 p.m. dinner. Friday’s schedule is 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Historians and other scholars will discuss Kentucky’s post-war Confederate identity; the lives of women, African Americans and soldiers during the war and Reconstruction; and lawlessness of wartime and post-war Kentucky. The keynote speaker, Columbia University history professor Barbara Fields, will examine issues Kentucky and other border states faced. Other topics will range from Kentucky horse-racing to Lincoln to Confederate memorials.

The schedule also includes a visit to the Filson Historical Society to see the “United We Stand – Divided We Fall” exhibit and a panel discussion by UofL history faculty members in conjunction with the “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” traveling exhibit from Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center that will be on display in UofL’s Ekstrom Library.

Registration is $65 for the general public and includes Thursday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Friday breakfast; registration is encouraged by March 2 as seating is limited. To register, contact Janna Tajibaeva at or 502-852-2247.

For more information, contact Peter Morrin, director of UofL’s Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, at 502-852-2361 or click here.