Civil War Lectures


“My greatest personal satisfaction was due to discovery of the fact that in the confusion and feverish excitement of real battle, I could think.”

Lew Wallace:  An Autobiography

Horror! Horror! Most Dreadful News - Civil War lecturesIn coordination with our 2015 museum exhibit Trials & Tribulations: Lew Wallace in 1865, we are focusing this year’s lecture series on Civil War battles of 1864 and what Wallace was doing that year. Please join us for these monthly programs. All lectures being at 7 p.m. Civil War lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP by calling the museum at (765) 362-5769 or e-mailing at study@ben-hur.com. Download a PDF flyer of our 2015 lecture dates.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 7 p.m. – “Horror! Horror! Most Dreadful News: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln”

Theories on the Lincoln assassination have been explored many times, in many ways, and by many people. But in spite of that, ongoing exploration continues. New questions and theories are generated and old questions and theories continue to resurface. Scott Schroeder examines some of the people, places, and events relevant to the assassination of America’s 16th President.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 7 p.m. – Forensics of the Lincoln Assassination

What if modern forensic investigation techniques were applied to the Abraham Lincoln assassination? What can we learn from the firearm that was recovered from Ford’s Theater? From what distance did the shooting occur? And why did so many at the theater report not hearing the fatal shot? Based on research conducted with a Derringer pistol and a “Spatter Head” that simulates the structure of the human cranium, Douglas H. Boxler, Firearms Investigator for the Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency, will provide some possible answers.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 – 7 p.m. – The U.S. Navy and the Civil War

Lt. Cmdr. George Brown of Rushville, Indiana, was almost everywhere during the war, including the Northeast Blockading Squadron, the Gulf Blockading Squadron, the Mississippi Squadron, the Ohio River, and as a prisoner at Libby in Richmond. Presenter Bob Dispenza will have many objects that would be found aboard a US Navy gunboat during the Civil War, including originals and reproductions.

Terrible Swift Sword - Civil War lecturesJune 13-14, 2015 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday – Civil War Encampment

Immerse yourself in a Civil War experience offered by Mid-States Living History reenactors—some of the finest Civil War interpreters and educators in the United States. Sharpshooters, cannons, telegraph, Ladies Aid Society, embalming tent, horses & mounted cavalry, hospital tent, meet General Wallace! Bring your kids to watch history come to life!

Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 7 p.m. – “Terrible Swift Sword: The Trial, Sentencing, and Fate of the Lincoln Conspirators”

The the federal government captured eight of the nine individuals who would eventually be charged in the conspiracy surrounding Lincoln’s murder. The trial of these conspirators has become one of the most famous, talked about, studied and controversial in American history. Scott Schroeder gives a narrative summary of the trial itself as well as the events leading up to and following the trial proceedings.