Conference Archives

1998 Program

The sixth conference on the Civil War and the Press, now called the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, featured 18 formal, refereed and invited papers from a national group of scholars.  Dr. Sachsman served as moderator for the special program on “Fiction and History:  Does Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain Accurately Reflect Life During the Civil War?”  The November 5-7, 1998 conference was well attended by visiting faculty members, students, and members of the community.  The following are the speakers and programs as listed in the conference program:

Thursday, November 5, 1998

The Radisson Read House Hotel

8:30-9:30 p.m.

  • Informal reception honoring presenters and panelists.  Coffee and dessert will be served.


Friday, November 6, 1998

Meeting in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center

  • Luncheon and Dinner in the Chickamauga Room (2nd Floor)

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast (Raccoon Mountain Room)

9:00-9:15 a.m.

  • Opening Remarks from conveners and university officials

9:15-10:45 a.m.

  • “Murder in the News: The Courant from the Revolution to Reconstruction” Robert Dardenne, University of South Florida at St. Petersburg
  • “Supporting a Northerner in Pre-Secession Mississippi: The Story of James M. Swords and his Vicksburg Citizen” Nancy Dupont, Loyola U
  • “Newspaper Coverage of the Emancipation Proclamation” Giovanna Dell’Orto and Hazel Dicken-Garcia, University of Minnesota                      

10:45-11:00 a.m.

  • Refreshments


  • “Frederick Jackson Turner Revisited: The Frontier Character of the Nineteenth-Century Black Press” Bernell E. Tripp, University of Florida
  • “‘Illustrated Afro-American Journalism’: Political Cartooning in the Indianapolis Freeman, 1888-1893” Aleen J. Ratzlaff, U of Florida

12:00-1:30 p.m.

  • Luncheon in the Chickamauga Room, University Center
  • “Just the Facts: The Past, Present and Prospects of Journalistic ‘Objectivity’” David T. Z. Mindich, Saint Michael’s College

1:30-3:00 p.m.

  • Special Program: Fiction and History: Does Charles Frazier’s ColdMountain Accurately Reflect Life During the Civil War?
  • “Private Inman’s Civil War” Roy Morris Jr., editor, America’s Civil War
  • “Savage Satori: Fact and Fiction in Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain” Paul Ashdown, University of Tennessee
  • Panelist: James Ogden, chief historian, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park; Discussant: Lloyd Chiasson, Nicholls State Univ.
  • Moderator: David B. Sachsman, Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

3:00-3:15 p.m.

  • Refreshments

3:15-5:00 p.m.

  • “‘Establish a Southern Rights Press. . . At Once’: The Battle for the Alabama Beacon, 1860-1861” Wes Borucki, University of Alabama
  • “Independent or Compromised? Civil War Correspondent Sylvanus Cadwallader” William Huntzicker, Bemidji State University
  • “The Relationships Among Lincoln, Bennett and Greeley During the Civil War” Gene Murray, Grambling State            
  • “The Jewish Press during the Civil War 1861-1865” Mel Young, author, Last Order of the Lost Cause

6:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Dinner in the Chickamauga Room
  • “The Early Journalism of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah” Barbara Straus Reed, Rutgers University
  • “Journal of a Georgia Girl: The Tale of Frances Andrews” S. Kittrell Rushing, Univ. of Tennessee Chattanooga

Saturday, November 7, 1998

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast (Raccoon Mountain Room)            

9:00-10:30 a.m.

  • “Government Printing in Frontier Alabama: 1826-1846” Catharine Bomhold, University of Alabama
  • “The Press and Two Presidents: Martin Van Buren and Calvin Coolidge” John J. Breslin, Minnesota
  • “Press Coverage of President Garfield’s Assassin” Roger Van Ommeren, Mississippi Univ. for Women and Don Sneed, Florida International U

10:30-6:00 p.m.

  • Discussion continues while the group visits Chattanooga’s historic Civil War sites (includes lunch and dinner) Jim Ogden