2017 Military Seminar Series

Photo featuring images from Kings Mountain, Cowpens, and Averasboro battlefields

Western Piedmont Community is proud to offer a Military Seminar Series this spring. You don’t have to be a history expert or teacher to attend…just an interest in military history. Each course is 2.5 hours in length and carries .25 CEU credits for interested teachers. Tours are worth 1.0 CEUs as they include a class and a day-long Saturday tour.

Revolutionary War

Photo of the Kings Mountain Battle Monument

Battle of Kings Mountain Monument

Cowpens & Kings Mountain
Class & Tour

April 10 (Monday) 6:00-8:30; April 15 (Saturday), 8:00-4:30
Foothills Higher Education Center
Room 211 • Section: 50534
Randal Garrison, Instructor, Cost $51.25

The Battle of King’s Mountain took place on Saturday, October 07, 1780. The battlefield on which the British and American Forces fought during the Battle of King’s Mountain was located in Near Blackburn, South Carolina and King’s Mountain, North Carolina. The Battle of King’s Mountain ended in victory for the American colonists. At the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina on January 17, 1781, during the Revolutionary War (1775-83), American troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan (1736-1802) routed British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton (1754-1833). The Americans inflicted heavy casualties on the British, and the battle was a turning point in the war’s Southern campaign. April 10/2017 (class meeting) and April 15 Tour Meet HEC 211 – 8 am – 4:30 with 1 hour lunch break students supply all personal needs and food Fee $51.25.

 

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U.S. Civil War

Civil War in the East

May 1 (Monday) 6:00-8:30
Foothills Higher Education Center
Room 211 • Section: 50535
Randal Garrison, Instructor, Cost $20

It was just 100 miles from Washington D.C. to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, but the trip took many twists and turns and four long years. The Eastern Theater of the American Civil War ran from southern Pennsylvania to Virginia’s North Carolina border and from Chesapeake Bay to the mountains west of the Shenandoah Valley. It included the first big battle at Bull Run, the deadliest single day at Antietam, and the greatest battle of the war at Gettysburg. There were other theaters and armies, and some of the most decisive blows of the war were elsewhere. But to many the heart and soul of the Civil War was the contest between the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

 

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The What If’s of Gettysburg

May 11 (Thursday) 6:00-8:30
Foothills Higher Education Center
Room 211 • Section: 50536
Randal Garrison, Instructor, Cost $20

Perhaps more than any other Civil War site, Gettysburg has spawned a number of “What If” scenarios that are discussed, sometimes with heated arguments. This seminar will examine the battle and 7 “What If” possibilities.

 

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Cemetery at Averasboro, NC

Civil War Cemetery at Averasboro, NC

Averasboro & Bentonville
Class & Tour

May 15 (Monday) 6:00-8:30; May 20 (Saturday), 8:00-4:30
Foothills Higher Education Center
Room 211 • Section: 50537
Randal Garrison, Instructor, Cost $51.25

The last major battle of the Civil War and the largest on North Carolina soil, Bentonville and Averasboro occupy important places in the history of the conflict. While Slocum’s advance was stalled at Averasboro by Hardee’s troops, the right wing of Sherman’s army under command of Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard marched toward Goldsboro. On March 19, Slocum encountered the entrenched Confederates of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston who had concentrated to meet his advance at Bentonville. May 15 (class) and May 20 (Tour)  HEC 211 6 – 8:30 pm – Tour Meet HEC 211 – 8 am – 4:30 with 1 hour lunch break students supply all personal needs and food. Fee $51.25

 

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Tour 1: Battlefields of Gettysburg & Sharpsburg

Class:  June 12-26, MTThF, 6:00-8:00 PM
Tour:  June 21-25, WThFSaSu
Foothills Higher Education Center

Room 211 • Section 50785
Randal Garrison, Instructor, Cost $161.25

We will learn about the Civil War in the classroom and through field trips to several battlefields as part of our first tour of 2017. You will receive 12 classroom hours of expert instruction concerning the battle sites and campaigns that will be visited in the respective tours. Class sessions will include complete chronological tours of each site visited that will be led by a skilled and knowledgeable guide. The total tour time is 38 hours and all aspects of each battle will be covered including walks and exploration of the sites. Questions are welcome in this small-tour format. Because twilight is an ideal time for the field visits, tours will include evening stops when conditions permit. Ghost stops may also occur! The Civil War tours provide a terrific opportunity to enjoy the class experience with others who are passionate about history. “Battlefields of Gettysburg & Sharpsburg – Tour 1” is offered with class sessions on June 12, 15, 19, 20, and 26 and tour dates of June 21 through June 25 to Gettysburg/Sharpsburg and the surrounding area. Attendance is mandatory for the first class session on Tuesday, June 12. Cost for the course is $161.25 and includes course, gas and insurance. Class size is limited to 7 to 9 passengers. The registration deadline for this course is Tuesday, June 11.

 

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Tour 2: Battlefields of Manassas I & II

Class:  June 29-July 17, MTThF, 6:00-8:00 PM
Tour:  July 12-16, WThFSaSu
Foothills Higher Education Center

Room 211 • Section 50786
Randal Garrison, Instructor, Cost $161.25

We will learn about the Civil War in the classroom and through field trips to several battlefields as part of our first tour of 2017. You will receive 12 classroom hours of expert instruction concerning the battle sites and campaigns that will be visited in the respective tours. Class sessions will include complete chronological tours of each site visited that will be led by a skilled and knowledgeable guide. The total tour time is 38 hours and all aspects of each battle will be covered including walks and exploration of the sites. Questions are welcome in this small-tour format. Because twilight is an ideal time for the field visits, tours will include evening stops when conditions permit. Ghost stops may also occur! The Civil War tours provide a terrific opportunity to enjoy the class experience with others who are passionate about history. “Battlefields of Manassas I & II – Tour 2” is offered with class sessions on June 29, July 06, 10, 11, and 17 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and tour dates of July 12 through July 16 to Manassas, Virginia. Attendance is mandatory for the first class session on Thursday, June 29. Cost for the course is $161.25 and includes course, gas and insurance. Class size is limited to 7 to 9 passengers. The registration deadline for this course is Thursday, June 26.

 

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