Union, Confederate Reconciliations Topic

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Post-Civil War relationships between Northern and Southern soldiers will be the topic of a talk next week at Virginia Military Institute.

Jonathan A. Noyalas, director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University, will present “They Come not with Fire and Sword: Sheridan’s Veterans and the Opening Campaign for Reunion and Reconciliation in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley” on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Nichols Auditorium.

He will explore the visits of the first Union veterans from Philip Sheridan’s Army of the Shenandoah (the Sheridan’s Veterans’ Association) to the Valley in 1883 and 1885 and explore the ways by which they attempted to ameliorate relations with former foes, how Confederate veterans reacted, and the limits to those activities of reconciliation.

Noyalas is the author or editor of 11 books, including “Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah: Remembrance, Reunion, and Reconciliation.” He is also the author of more than 100 articles, essays, reviews, and chapters which have appeared in a variety of scholarly and popular publications including Civil War History, Civil War Times, and America’s Civil War.

In addition to teaching and writing, he has consulted on various projects for the National Park Service, Civil War Trust, and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and has appeared on C-SPAN’s American History TV, Pennsylvania Cable Network, and NPR’s “With Good Reason.”

His next book project, “To Be Free Some Day: Slavery, Race, and Emancipation in the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War Era,” is under contract with the University Press of Florida.

His presentation here is being sponsored by the Rockbridge Civil War Round Table and VMI’s Museum System.

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