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The Wounds of War: A Tale of Two Americas

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Week 1: Altus (June 1-5)
Week 2: Tulsa (June 8-12)
Week 3: Enid (June 14-19)
Week 4: Lawton (June 22-26)

This year we will explore the injuries that the Civil War left on the nation and its people. With the sesquicentennial of the war approaching, we expect great public interest. These characters are historical figures that were wounded in body, mind, and spirit by this great divide in the nation. These wounds were felt personally, politically, and professionally. Yet, with incredible determination, resolve and spirit these heroes overcame the most difficult circumstances of war to propel themselves to new heights for the benefit of all citizens.

Tulsa Schedule for Workshops and Performances

Tuesday, June 8
Noon Workshop: Bill Worley
Assassination Night: What really happened to Lincoln,
Seward and Johnson on April 14, 1865?

Of course, there's a book about The Day Lincoln Was Shot. Now hear about the day Seward and Andrew Johnson survived. This is akin to Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story" and takes the assassination all the way through the trials and executions. Seward later said that he wished he had died along with Lincoln. What led him to that conclusion?
5:30 pm Workshop: Ted Kachel - The Man Behind the Myth:The Letters & Private Papers of Lee - We will look together at the private side of Robert E. Lee as revealed in his letters and papers to friends and to family. Some reference will be made to recent biographies that are revising the portrait of Lee's character. We will examine the study of these materials now that he is almost lost to history in the mythmaking imagination of the South.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Stonewall Jackson portrayed by Dr. Doug Mishler

A man feared by the North and revered by the South, Jackson was "a man of arms surrounded by the tenets of faith." He knew personal tragedy, and dealt with loss as he did everything else-his determined faith in the divine purposes for his life and the nation. What drove Stonewall Jackson were his faith and his belief that he was his god's instrument on earth. He lived by the motto, "You may be whatever you resolve to be." The deeply religious Jackson believed intensely in the righteousness of the Southern cause, and a key to his success was his ability to instill in his men his own fighting fervor. One of his most brilliant victories came at Chancellorsville in the spring of 1863, where his flanking maneuvers sent the Union troops into a rout. Tragically for Jackson and the South, this would prove to be his last battle. Jackson died of wounds accidentally inflicted by his own men. At the age of 39, Thomas Jackson passed to his rest. Shorty before this moment, his last words were-"Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees". On hearing of his death, Robert E. Lee lamented, "I know not how to replace him."

Wednesday, June 9
Noon Workshop: Doug Mishler
Stonewall Jackson: God's Avenging Angel

We will discuss how his sad early life led him to God and how his profound spirituality directed both his life and his military career. We will examine the conundrum of how such a spiritual man could fight with almost blood-thirsty ferocity - he never wanted to take prisoners.
5:30 pm Workshop: Joseph Bundy
Community Benevolence Healing the Wounds of War

This workshop focuses on how the African-American community responded to the difficulties brought on by war and providing aid to the needy and refuge to the fugitives and refugees of war. We will discuss these individuals and organizations responses by assisting with the underground railroads and formed safe houses for escaped slaves. The workshop shows that these community based efforts not only aided African Americans during the war but left a legacy of organizations, monuments and institutions that exist today and are conducting benevolent activities to help people in the 21st century.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: William Seward portrayed by Dr. Bill Worley

William Seward was a teacher, lawyer, and New York Senator and Governor before being elected to the U.S. Senate. He began his efforts to heal a divided nation prior to the Civil War as a staunch abolitionist. During his 12-year service in the U.S. Senate he brought California into the Union as a non-slave owning state, began offering his home as a stop on the Underground Railroad, and transferred land to Harriet Tubman for a home. Despite being the initial front-runner, he lost the presidential nomination to Abraham Lincoln at the1860 Republication Convention. Seward became Lincoln's Secretary of State the next year. He negotiated the Lyons-Seward Treaty of 1862, which provided measures for the United States and Great Britain to end the Atlantic slave trade. Seward helped to write, and then signed, the Emancipation Proclamation, which became law in 1863. He was fortunate to survive a brutal stabbing by Booth's co-conspirator on the same night of Lincoln's assassination. Despite his own personal wounds, he never lost sight of the philosophy that we should "Love one another."

Thursday, June 10
Noon Workshop: Bill Worley
Seward & Lincoln: Master Storytellers

One of the things these two essential politicians of the mid-19th century had in common was a love of funny stories that could be used to make a point in a court case or to entertain a crowd of visitors. They often met late at night in Seward's parlor across from the White House just to exchange the latest funny stories or amusing anecdotes they had read or heard. It was a way for these important men to unwind after the difficult days of the Civil War. Hear the stories...meet the men behind them.
5:30 pm Workshop: Karen Vuranch
Is War the Mother of Invention?

Throughout the ages, societies have found themselves embroiled in war. And war brings with it a new set of problems and concerns. It also brings ground-breaking technology, as we respond to the issues created by war. For example, Civil War doctors learned how to successfully amputate limbs which led to the modernization and wide-spread use of prostheses. In this Power Point presentation, Karen and workshop participants will explore the ways that war creates technology which has profound effect in peacetime.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Major Martin Delany portrayed by Joseph Bundy

Major Martin Delany, a black soldier, fought to heal the wounds that the Civil War brought upon America while enduring many injuries to his own character. In 1863, Lincoln's call for a draft triggered riots killing many blacks in most major Northern cities. Lincoln declared that black soldiers were fully and legally protected citizens. While enlisting was still a serious risk, it was the first glimpse of freedom and hope. Because of this, and his charisma, Major Delany recruited more than 7,500 soldiers in four states. Delany believed that Secretary of War Edward Stanton should command all black men to enlist, but this request was ignored. In 1865, he took his idea of a Union black corps charged to help win over Southern blacks directly to Lincoln, who was impressed with Delany's personal attributes. Delany was commissioned the first black line field officer in the Union Army. In South Carolina, he joined General Rufus Saxton as part of the 52nd U.S. Colored Troops. He was transferred to the new Freedman's Bureau and called for the right of freed blacks to own "forty acres and a mule." He continued to be a strong orator and active political figure, championing the need for educating blacks. His challenge to bring help and healing for American blacks was an uphill battle even after the war ended, fraught with false allegations and defeats. Delany continued his post-war work as a trial justice, speaker, author and organizer.

Friday, June 11
Noon Workshop: Ted Kachel - Military Tactics and Strategies of General Robert E. Lee: Views from Both Sides Now -
We will exam how his contemporaries who fought with and against him in the field during and immediately after the war understood Lee as a General. Then we will compare and contrast these views with recent studies of him as a military leader by historians inside and outside the military professions today.
5:30 pm Workshop: Doug Mishler

'Give them the Bayonet': The Bold Genius or Incompetence of Stonewall Jackson
Using maps and maxims we will try to understand Jackson's military career. From Mexico to Chancellorsville, we will explore how this incredibly heroic and strange man maneuvered his army and handled his "foot cavalry." While many saw him as a genius others felt he was incompetent and even callous in his disregard for his troops' welfare. We will join the debate.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Clara Barton portrayed by Karen Vuranch

Clarissa Harlowe Barton brought healing to a wounded nation during the Civil War. She was a teacher and, early in her career, was the first female U.S. Patent Office employee. However, her true service to America emerged during the war. She established an agency to distribute supplies to soldiers in 1861, and was so successful in her mission that she was nicknamed the "Angel of the Battlefield." She aided the wounded on both the North-and-South sides of the battlefield in 1862. In 1864, Union General Benjamin Butler named her "Lady in Charge" of nurses for the Army of the James. She further brought healing to the nation's wounds when, in1865, President Abraham Lincoln charged her with the search for missing Union Army soldiers. She founded a bureau and obtained information on 30,000 men missing in action. Her heroic healing legacy continued after the war. Following her work with the International Red Cross from 1870-1873, she founded the American Red Cross. She championed the ratification of the First Geneva Convention in the United States. For the remainder of her life she continued her mission of relief work at home and abroad, while becoming an author and poet.

Saturday, June 12
Noon Workshop: Joseph Bundy
Racing To Freedom

One method to resist the hurt and devastation of war is running. Slavery is a state of war against the enslaved. One way to escape the physical and mental wounds of enslavement was running away to freedom. When the Union Army began accepting African American soldiers, they could resist enslavement by running to the battle to fight for their own freedom. This workshop is based on the true life experience of the soldiers of the 5th and 6th United States Colored Calvary that fought for their freedom in the Battle of Saltville, Virginia.
5:30 pm Workshop: Karen Vuranch
Warrior Women: American Women in War

Throughout the history of American conflict, women have found a way to serve their country. Many women, such as Clara Barton, cared for the wounded, venturing to the battlefield and risking their own safety. Others wanted to fight in the battles themselves and disguised themselves as men in order to fight in the American Revolution, like Deborah Sampson Gannet, or the Civil War, like Emma Edmonds Seeyle. In later wars, women like Virginia Hall served in the Office of Strategic Services, working underground as spies. Today, women have shouldered further responsibility and fight along side men in Iraq and Afghanistan. This workshop will explore the roles women have played in battle and tell the stories of these remarkable heroines.
6:30 pm: Music
7:30 pm: Robert E. Lee portrayed by Dr. Ted Kachel

Robert E. Lee is the South's Lincoln. Both men achieved and expressed in their lives, and war the best of their side's core values. For that reason, Lee has become the most valiant symbol of the American character as shaped by the conflict. Lincoln's side won the war, but in his sudden death near victory he became the tragic hero for the North, the sacrifice necessary to preserve America. Lee's side lost the war, yet he became the hero most acceptable after this conflict to all Americans of the courage in defeat, the "Lost Cause" interpretation at its best. In that sense both reflect the power of "wounds" of this war among brothers. After the war Lee became part of the process of recovering the vision of One America strengthen by its wounds from this terrible time. He remains an iconic figure of American military leadership.

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