Symposium on the American Civil War

Sixth Annual James Caster Symposium on the Civil War

Wednesday, October 5
8:30am - 4:00 pm
Mabee Auditorium, Randall University

Randall University will host its annual Symposium on the American Civil War on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. This year's symposium features several engaging speakers who will address a variety of topics on the subject of the Civil War.

This event is open to the public, free of charge. School students in public, private, and homeschool are invited, as well as college students and all others interested in learning more about the Civil War. You can attend as many or as few sessions as you like. Programs will run from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, with a break for lunch from 11:30 - 1:00. (There is an on-campus option for lunch for $11/person). 

We invite you to view the schedule below, and save the date to join us on October 5!

If you would like to eat lunch in Randall's cafeteria please email Steve Byas ( so that we can give the kitchen a headcount.

If you are a high school student who would like to learn more about Randall University and upcoming campus events, please complete our Info Request Form.

Schedule of Sessions

8:30amThe Capture of the J.R.Williams steamship on the Arkansas RiverDale Wade
9:30amDiary of a Union SoldierTom Wing
10:30amStand Watie & the Civil War in Indian TerritoryJohn Dwer
11:30am - 1:00pmLunch Break
1:00pmSeeing the Elephant: The First Weeks of the WarBen Odom
2:00pm’John O. Casler,’ the author of Four Years in the Stonewall BrigadeMark "Beau" Cantrell
3:00pmThe 48ers --- The Germans in the Civil WarKevin Crow

For More Information

If you would like to know more about the symposium, please contact the symposium organizer, Steve Byas, at