Registration for this year’s Teachers Institute is now closed.

This Long and Bloody War

20th Annual Teachers Institute

Monday - Friday | June 23 - 27, 2014
Richmond, Virginia


With the coming of 1864, the American Civil War became a war of attrition.  Ulysses S. Grant was made a Lieutenant General and appointed General in Chief of all U.S. Armies.  He proposed to “fight it out on this line if it takes all summer” in Virginia, while General William T. Sherman hammered his way through Georgia.  Robert E. Lee and the Confederates held on with determination, hoping that Abraham Lincoln would fail to win reelection and the Peace Party would prevail.  On the homefront civilians did their best to deal with growing shortages, loss, and increased populations of POWs.  And one woman in the heart of the Confederacy daringly risked all for the Union.

Join the staff of The Museum of the Confederacy and guest lecturers as we explore the pivotal events of 1864 through special sessions, tours & discussions.  All participants will receive a notebook filled with lesson units featuring primary source documents and photographs.  Additionally, participants will receive a certificate verifying 31 hours of instruction.

Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Institute Highlights


John W. Mountcastle, Ph.D., Brigadier General, U.S. Army Ret., Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond will discuss the relentless campaign that resulted when Robert E. Lee finally confronted a general (Grant) who would not turn back.

Elizabeth Varon, Ph.D, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History, University of Virginia will delve into the strange career of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Unionist and abolitionist, who became a Yankee spy, in the heart of the Confederacy.

William W. Freehling, Ph. D., Singletary Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky, Senior Fellow Emeritus, VA Foundation for the Humanities, will put the Railsplitter's final victory in fresh perspectives intriguing to high school students no less than to their "elders."



Elementary, middle, and high school educators teaching in a public or private school environment are invited to apply. Space is limited to 20 teachers, and preference will be given to teachers currently teaching the American Civil War. To register use our online application form or contact the Museum's educational programs coordinator by phone at 855-649-1861 ext. 121 or by email. Selection of applicants will begin on April 1 but registration will remain open until the Institute is filled. Approved applicants will be notified and billed for the $110 registration fee. Upon receipt of payment, all Virginia participants will be issued stipend checks to offset the registration fee or to be used toward travel expenses.

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Teachers Institute
The Museum of the Confederacy
1201 East Clay Street
Richmond, Virginia  23219

Graduate Credits:

Teachers who wish to take the course for 3 graduate credit hours may do so through The University of Richmond for a fee.  Inquire for details.  Applicants taking the course for credit will be required by the university to do additional coursework before, during and after the scheduled class.


  • Lunch will not be provided. Participants may bring their lunch or chose from one of the many nearby vendors.
  • Parking is free and is available in the VCU/MCV deck adjacent to the Museum. Parking tickets will be validated at the Museum's front desk.
  • Room and Board is available at a reduced rate through The University of Richmond for all applicants. Inquire about details when registering.

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