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Pittsburgh -- The year 2011 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War -- a conflict that divided the nation and claimed the lives of 620,000 soldiers, the most the United States has lost in any war. It was a war that haunted the nation for generations and captivates millions still today.

Next spring, students in Associate History Professor Daniel Barr’s Civil War Study Tour course (HIST 1010) will be spending the first week of May visiting some of the Civil War’s most influential sites and battlefields -- places like Harper’s Ferry, Mechanicsville, Richmond, Cold Harbor, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, Antietam, and Gettysburg.

The rest of this one-credit course will take place entirely online, through threaded discussions that will allow students to discuss what they have learned about the sites and what they hope to gain from the tour. After the tour, students will be required to write a brief paper evaluating the tour as an engaged-learning experience and comparing how being at the sites differed from or enhanced traditional methods of instruction.

The Civil War tour will take place May 2-5, 2010. Registration will begin in early November. 

For more information, contact Barr at barrd@rmu.edu or (412) 397-5411.