Symposium on the American Civil War

Fifth Annual James Caster Symposium on the Civil War

Wednesday, September 22
8:30am - 4:00 pm
Mabee Auditorium, Randall University

Randall University will host its annual Symposium on the American Civil War on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. 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 September 22!

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Schedule of Sessions

8:30amRobert E. Lee and His CriticsSteve Byas
9:30amThe Battle of BelmontDan Dekalb
10:30amDred ScottLynne Jackson
11:30am - 1:00pmLunch Break
1:00pmThe Reconciliation of North and SouthJeff Massey
2:00pmUnion Evacuation of the Indian TerritoryBeau Cantrell
3:00pmWhy There Was No Waterloo in the Civil WarBen Odom

For More Information

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