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All Roads Lead to Gettysburg: A CENFAD Conference

April 6, 2024
8:00 am – 5 pm
Temple University Center City Campus (TUCC); Rooms 418 & 421


Room 418

8:00 am – 8:35 am: Breakfast, Temple University Center City Campus (complimentary for all attendees)

8:35 am – 8:40 am: Welcome by Dr. Alan McPherson and Dr. Gregory Urwin

Room 421

8:40 am – 10 am: “The Brave Men… Who Struggled Here”: Debating Issues of Significance and Recognition

  • Chair: Greg Urwin, Temple University
  • Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State University: “Gettysburg: Turning Point? High Water Mark?: The Campaign and Battle in Retrospect”
  • Hans G. Myers, Case Western Reserve University: “The Orphic Duty of the Historian of Gettysburg: Reclaiming Truth from Mythology in the Case of Strong Vincent and Joshua Chamberlain”
  • Mauren Schindler, University of Alabama: “Brothers ‘Redeemed’ in Blood: The Impact of Gettysburg on the ‘Harpers Ferry Cowards’”

10:10 am – 11:30 am: “A New Birth of Freedom”: Gettysburg in Lincoln’s Shadow

  • Chair: Peter Sicher, Temple University
  • Troy D. Harman, Gettysburg National Military Park: “Lincoln’s Vision for a New Nation at Gettysburg”
  • Morgan Rowe, London School of Economics and Political Science: “The ‘Great Emancipator’ or ‘A Dictator, Proclaimed’? Tracing Honest Abe’s Reputation before and after the Battle of Gettysburg”
  • Tim McGrath, Independent Scholar: “Decisions, Decisions: Lincoln, Lee, and Meade at Gettysburg”

11:40 am – 1 pm: “Nor Long Remember”: Gettysburg and the Vagaries of Memory

  • Chair: Grace Anne Parker, Temple University
  • Peter Miele, Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center: “A Monument to Memory: Gettysburg’s Eternal Light Peace Memorial”
  • Jill Ogline Titus, Gettysburg College: “Fighting Civil Rights & the Cold War through Confederate Monumentation on Seminary Ridge”
  • Jennifer M. Murray, Oklahoma State University: “On a Great Battlefield: Gettysburg since the Sesquicentennial, 2012-2023”

Room 418

1 pm – 2 pm: Lunch, Temple University City Center Campus (complimentary for all attendees)

2:10 pm – 3:30 pm: “Altogether Fitting and Proper”: Gettysburg in a Broader Perspective

  • Chair: Anthony Guerrero, Temple University/U.S. Military Academy
  • John R. Valitutto, U.S. Military Academy: “The Battle of Gettysburg in Polish History”
  • Brendan M. Law and Matthew Clifford, U.S. Military Academy: “Gardes de Lafeyette: The French Experience during the American Civil War”
  • Rachel Barbara Nicholas, West Virginia University: “Soft Spots for Slavery in an Ambiguous Borderland: Free People of Color, Confederate Soldiers, and ‘Contrabands’ during the Gettysburg Campaign”

3:40 pm – 5 pm: “What They Did Here”: Command Decisions and Military Medicine

  • Chair: Alan McPherson, Temple University
  • Edward J. Hagerty, Air University: “Fighting
  • Dick Anderson: "The Gettysburg Controversy”
  • James S. Pula, Purdue University: “Overlooked and Underappreciated: Dan Butterfield”
  • Monroe J. Molesky, University of North Alabama: “Battling Bloodshed: Dr. Jonathan Letterman and Gettysburg as the Proving Ground of a Military Medical Advantage”

CENFAD would like to extend its appreciation to the following co-sponsors: Temple University History Department, Temple Political Science Department, and the Society for Military History


Where is the conference going to be held?
The Temple University City Center campus is located west of City Hall at 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

How should I get there? What is the parking situation?
To reach the TUCC campus, using public transportation take the Broad Street Line to the City Hall stop and walk west. You can also take the Regional Rail to Suburban Station. If driving, you can use Parkway Parking at 1500 Market Street or iParkit Express Parking at Love Park Garage.

Where do I go once I arrive?
You will need to check in at the front desk with your identification. They should direct you to the elevators. Take them to room 421.

Will food/drinks be provided?
Yes. CENFAD will provide hot beverages and water throughout the day. A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees in room 418.

Do I need to register?
No. But we appreciate an RSVP at

Whom should I contact with questions or concerns?
The Thomas J. Davis Fellow, Joseph Johnson at