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Richard W. Smith Civil War Lecture

THE RICHARD W. SMITH ENDOWED FUND IN CIVIL WAR HISTORY is named after Dr. Smith, who began teaching on the Ohio Wesleyan campus in 1950 and continues to be involved today as an emeritus professor. Series lectures emphasize the beginning of modern military tactics to the methods created during the Civil War; this aspect has always been one of Smith’s passions. The fund allows Ohio Wesleyan’s history department to host an annual lecture by one of the nation’s preeminent Civil War scholars. The series began in 2002 with James M. McPherson.


On October 22, 2015, Dr. Peter Carmichael will deliver this year’s Smith Lecture on “The Final Battles of the 1865 and the Ongoing Civil War.” at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

Dr. Carmichael is the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War History and the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Baker On October 9, 2014, Dr. Mark Grimsley, a specialist in the military history of the Civil War, gave the 2014 Richard W. Smith Lecture in Civil War History at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.


On October 10, 2013, acclaimed Civil War historian Allen C. Guelzo, author of The New York Times bestseller “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion,” discussed “Gettysburg: the Waterloo of the Rebellion,” at 8 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. three men


Baker In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s announcement of his Emancipation policy, Dr. Eric Foner will give the 2012 Richard W. Smith Lecture in Civil War History. Dr. Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. Among his many honors, Dr. Foner is the recipient of the Bancroft, Pulitzer Prize for History, and the Lincoln Prize for his book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.


The Richard W. Smith Civil War History Lecture was held Thursday, September 29th in University Hall’s Gray Chapel. Dr. James M. McPherson, the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University, was the guest speaker and his lecture was entitled “Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.” McPherson discussed how President Lincoln understood that function, learned on the job, formulated a strategy, and led the Union to final victory in the war. Pictured from left to right are Drs. Joseph Glatthaar, Richard Smith, and James McPherson. three men


Baker Noted author and history scholar Dr. Jean H. Baker discussed “The Many Lives of Mary Todd Lincoln” for the 2010 Richard W. Smith Civil War Lecture which was held October 7 in University Hall’s Gray Chapel. Dr. Baker is the Bennett-Harmon Professor of History at Goucher College where she has taught for many years. She has also held visiting professorships at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University and has appeared on C-Span, the Discovery Channel and Public Television. She is the author of eleven books and is currently writing a biography of Margaret Sanger.


Dr. Craig L. Symonds, Professor Emeritus of the U.S. Naval Academy was the guest lecturer for the 2009 Richard W. Smith Civil War Lecture which was held October 1. Dr. Symonds is the author of ten books and winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize in 2006 and co-winner of the Lincoln Prize in 2009. His lecture was entitled “Lincoln and His Admirals.” symonds



Dr. Richard J. Carwardine, Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University, served as the 2008 Richard W. Smith Civil War History lecturer. Carwardine’s lecture, entitled “‘The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether:’ Abraham Lincoln, God and the American Civil War,” was held in the Hamilton Williams Campus Center on March 27.

With research interests focused on American politics, religion and society during the early republic and the era of the Civil War, Professor Carwardine’s works include Transatlantic Revivalism: Popular Evangelicalism in Britain and America, 1790-1865 (1978), Evangelicals and Politics in Antebellum America (1993), and Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power(2003) which won the Lincoln Prize in 2004. Professor Carwardine holds the distinction of being the first British scholar to be awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the largest award in the United States for 19th century American history. He is now working on a study of religion in American national construction between the Revolution and the Civil War.