Civil War Series: Science and Technology

Science and Technology during the Civil War
Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $ 30; GAA members pay $25
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Necessity has been called the “mother of invention” and with civil war as a backdrop, new inventions and applied science meant strategic and tactical advantage.  Wing dams, tunnels, rifled weaponry, telegraphy and the use of balloons all helped to drive the oft-repeated comment that the American Civil War was, indeed, the first “modern” war.  In this session we’ll investigate examples of those innovations and how they contributed to victory and defeat.

Lecturer: Fred W. Kiger ’74 (’77 MAT) leads our Civil War battlefield study programs and teaches several GAA courses each semester. He is the creator of the field guide The Civil War: A History of the War Between the States (Workman) and has two degrees from UNC, a bachelor’s in history and a master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in history.