2nd Saturday Civil War Series

Since 2014 the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, and the Captain Thomas Espy Post, have brought more than seventy-five Civil War historians here to Carnegie to speak in the Lincoln Gallery as part of our 2nd Saturday Civil War Lecture Series. These lectures are free and open to the public, and are held on the second Saturday of each month, from January – June, and September – November. We invite our community, our patrons, and all Civil War enthusiasts from the greater Pittsburgh area to attend these events…

The 2nd Saturday Lecture Series is made possible by the Massey Charitable Trust.

For more information please contact Espy Post Curator, Jon-Erik Gilot, at gilotj@einetwork.net.


Saturday, March 9, 2024, 1:00PM
IN PERSON at ACFL&MH & Online!

Upcoming Events…

Past Events…

In the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to briefly pivot our 2nd Saturday Civil War Lecture Series to a digital platform. We are grateful to all of our speakers who have worked with us to present and record their material online for a wider audience to enjoy.

February 9, 2024 – Kelly D. Mezurek: Men of Color, to Arms! Frederick Douglass & USCT Recruiting

January 13, 2024 – Patrick Jones: Civil War Musicians in Camp and Field

November 11, 2023 – Codie Eash: Abraham Lincoln’s Visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield

October 14, 2023 – Jon-Erik Gilot: Dangerfield Newby’s Fight for Freedom (Not recorded)

September 9, 2023 – Benjamin E. Myers: American Citizen: Letters of the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry

June 3, 2023 – Melissa A. Winn: Dead Letter Office Images: The Civil War’s Lost Sentiments

May 13, 2023 – Dr. Mathew Lively: Calamity at Chancellorsville: The Wounding & Death of Stonewall Jackson

March 11, 2023 – Evan Portman: Civilian Stories from the Battle of Gettysburg

February 11, 2023 – Abbi Smithmyer: Monument Vandalism & Destruction During & After the Civil War

January 14, 2023 – David Albert: The Civil War as the Watershed Event in American History

November 12, 2022 – Rich Condon: Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty – Politics & Memory at Pittsburgh’s 28th National G.A.R. Encampment

October 8, 2022: Matthew Callery (of Addressing Gettysburg): Why Gettysburg?

September 10, 2022: Emily Lapisardi: Rose Greenhow’s Memoirs

March 12, 2022: Harry Smeltzer: In the Footsteps of the 69th New York State Militia at 1st Bull Run

February 12, 2022: Ruth Webster: Copperheads, Gunners, and Spies: Ohio Democrats in Mr. Lincoln’s War

January 08, 2022: Dr. Mathew Lively: The Lincoln Autopsy

November 13, 2021: Tom McMillan: Armistead & Hancock, Behind the Gettysburg Legend

October 09, 2021: Cindy Crytzer: A Civil War Husband: Letters of a Pennsylvania Roundhead

September 11, 2021: Maria McKelvey: John A. Washington III’s Deadly Encounter in Western Virginia

June 30, 2021: Rich Condon, Jon-Erik Gilot, Diane Klinefelter: Veterans of the Great Rebellion: Captain Thomas Espy G.A.R. Post

June 12, 2021: Zac Cowsert: The West Virginia State Guard in the Civil War, 1863 – 1865

May 08, 2021: Michael Wunsch: Mob Scene at the Palmetto Flag, April 15, 1861

April 10, 2021: Mark Maloy: The First Shots of the Civil War in Charleston Harbor
**Please note: Zoom cut the first 15 minutes from this recording. For the full video, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CarnegieCarnegie

March 13, 2021: Sarah Kay Bierle: Awakened Hearts: The Power & Patriotism of Civil War Civilians

February 13, 2021: Ken Serfass: Ulysses S. Grant & Civil War Railroads

January 09, 2021: Ruth Ochs Webster: From Fact to Fiction: Writing Historical Novels

November 14, 2020: Diane Klinefelter: Mothers, Marms, & Madams: Women’s Roles in the Civil War

October 10, 2020: Melissa Hacker Winn: John Rawlins: Grant’s Conscience

September 12, 2020: Steve Phan: The Civil War Defenses of Washington, DC

June 13, 2020: Kristopher White: Eisenhower & Gettysburg

May 09, 2020: Dan Welch: A Fitting Tribute: Memorial Tributes to Abraham Lincoln

March 14, 2020: Codie Eash: The Nation Shall Live & Slavery Shall Die: The Presidential Election of 1864