Conference Archives

1999 Program

Thursday, November 11, 1999

The Radisson Read House Hotel

7:00-10:00 p.m.

  • “The Tragic Figure of General James Longstreet in The Killer Angels:  A Story Retold in Chattanooga” W. Ed Smith, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • “Mary Boykin Chesnut:  Portrait of a Reader” Deborah Reddin van Tuyll, Augusta State University         
  • “Drive-By-History: Three Personal (and Sometimes Peculiar) Journeys to the American Civil War” Paul Ashdown, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • “A Communications Network in Jacksonian Virginia: Newspaper Reporting of the 1831-32 Cholera Pandemic” Richard Stillson  
  • “’L’ was a Woman:  Lois B. Adams, Special Correspondent to the Detroit Advertiser and Tribune, 1863-1865” Evelyn Leasher, Central Michigan University
  • “Partisans or Protesters? A Glimpse at the Danville, Virginia Civil War Press and Its Handling of the Yankee Prisoner Issue” Stephen Bird, Lenoir-Rhyne College


Friday, November 12, 1999

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)


  • Opening Remarks from conveners and university officials


  • “Southern v. Northern News about Territories, Sections, & Slavery:  A Newspaper Case Study of Historical Agenda Settings 1820-1860” Donald Shaw, Randy Patnode and Diana Knott, U. North Carolina
  • “The Arrest and Trial of Clement L. Vallandigham:  Journalists’ Discussion of Freedom of Expression and ‘Hated Ideas’ in the Civil War” Giovanna Dell’Orto, University of Minnesota
  • “Coverage of Lynching in Selected Mainstream Newspapers, 1892-1894” Aleen J. Ratzlaff, University of Florida


  • Refreshments


  • “Money Matters: Financial Structure in the Civil War Era and the Dominance of the Big City Daily” Thortin Tritter, Columbia University
  • “Coverage of Three Censorship Episodes Involving the Baltimore Press and Journalists' Discussion of Freedom of the Press In Civil War Newspapers in 1861 and 1862” Giovanna Dell’Orto and Hazel Dicken-Garcia, Minnesota


  • Luncheon in the Chickamauga Room, University Center
  • “Tales in Black and White: The Two Faces of 19th Century Abolitionist James Redpath” Bernell E. Tripp, Florida


  • “Wartime News over Southern Wires:  The Confederate Press Association” Ford Risley, Penn State University
  • “Partners in Crime:  Southern Newspaper Editors and the Ku Klux Klan” G. M. Bush, North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • “Taking No Rights For Granted: The Southern Press and the 15th Amendment” Gregory Borchard, Florida


  • Refreshments


  • “Our All is at Stake: Mississippi Newspaper Arguments Against Secession” Nancy McKenzie Dupont, Loyola, NO
  • “The Terror of Poe: Slavery, the Southern Gentleman, and the Status Quo” Eve Dunbar, U. Texas, Austin
  • “Literature and Propaganda: Simms in the Richmond Weeklies” Miriam J. Shillingsburg, Lamar University
  • “Media Coverage of First Ladies:  A Quantitative Analysis of Indexed New York Times Coverage of Wives of U.S.       Presidents, 1853-1991”  Katherine E. Roberts, University of Minnesota
  • “Francis W. Dawson: Dueling with the Code of Honor” Patricia G. McNeely, University of South Carolina


  • Dinner in the Chickamauga Room                        
  • “The Politics of Information Control in the Civil War and the Bogus Proclamation of 1864” Menahem Blondheim,   Hebrew University.  Roundtable discussion: Did the Press Set the Agenda for Civil War? David Sachsman, UTC

Saturday, November 13, 1999

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast (Raccoon Mountain Room)


  • “Damning Voices: The Press, the Politicians, and the Mankato Indian Trials of 1862” Brian R. Gabriel, Minnesota
  • “Little Bighorn Coverage in Kansas Newspapers: Last Stand for a Partisan Press” James E. Mueller, Pittsburg State
  • “Still Another A Horror!  A Study of  Death in 19th Century Newspapers”  Les Sillars, University of Texas, Austin
  • “Attitudes to Marriage The Subtext of Coverage of the Maybrick Case” Judith Knelman, U. of Western Ontario
  • “The  Jesus Newspaper:  How Charles M. Sheldon Integrated a Christian Approach in The Topeka Daily Capital          March 13-17, 1900” Michael R. Smith, Regent University

12:00-6:00 p.m.

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

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