Peter S. Carmichael is the Fluhrer Professor of History and the director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, where he teaches a range of courses in the Civil War era, public history, and cultural history. He coedits the Civil War America series, published by the University of North Carolina Press, and oversees an annual conference at Gettysburg that typically draws 200 attendees each year. Many of his presentations can be seen on c-span's American History TV, and he has also appeared in the Smithsonian documentary Civil War 360 and Who Do You Think You Are?. He currently completing a book, "The War for the Common Soldier."
Professor Carmichael will share transcribed soldier letters with his audience to explore the varied ways that Union and Confederate soldiers expressed themselves on paper. A blended lecture and discussion format allows audiences an opportunity to consider the different ways that war and violence were translated from experience to paper.