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October 21, 2014 : AUDIO: History Students Participate in Civil War Symposium
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – History students at Ohio University Lancaster are learning about Lancaster’s rich Civil War history and earning class credit.  Students earned one credit hour in Assistant Professor Mark Nevin’s History 4900 class this fall by attending a two day Civil War Symposium in Lancaster sponsored by the Fairfield Heritage Association (FHA).
civil war symposium“Professor Nevin offered this for credit,” said Senior Nolan Flowers. “We had to go and attend all of the speakers and a panel at the end. We had to write a summary for each speaker.  We also had to pick a book featured and write a book report on it.  It was a good way to learn a lot and it also counted toward your credit for graduation.”
“I partnered with the FHA in offering this course because I thought it would provide a unique opportunity for history students to meet and learn from some of the leading scholars of the Civil War,” said Nevin.
The Civil War Symposium was held September 27 and 28 at Shaw’s Restaurant in downtown Lancaster.  This year’s event marked the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s March to the Sea.  General William Tecumseh Sherman grew up in Lancaster.
“Lancaster had such a pivotal part in the Civil War,” said Flowers. “You had General Sherman, you had Thomas Ewing – the father and the son.”
Flowers, who is graduating after the Fall Semester with his History degree, is currently doing an internship at the FHA. Flowers grew up in Lancaster and said attending the symposium gave him a new appreciation for Sherman and what he did during the Civil War.
“I attended General Sherman Junior High,” said Flowers. “All the history in Lancaster associated with the Civil War, it’s hard to ignore and not be fascinated by it.”
Flowers said he learned a lot about General Sherman at the symposium that he did not know before. He was amazed to learn that southerners actually respected Sherman after the war was over.
“After the war, people in the south wanted to Sherman to run for President because they knew that he would take care of them and there would not be retribution,” said Flowers.
Another symposium is being planned for next year to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.