Symposium on the American Civil War

April 27 and 28, 2018
2pm-8pm (Friday) and 9am-12pm (Saturday)
Mabee Auditorium, Randall University

Randall University will host our annual symposium on the American Civil War on April 27 and 28, 2018. This year's keynote speakers will be award-winning author John Dwyer and Illinois historian Dr. Pamela Toler, whose book was the basis for a PBS special.

Dwyer will speak on General Stand Watie, the Cherokee who was the last Confederate general to surrender (and the only American Indian to achieve general officer rank in the war), and will sign copies of his book, The Oklahomans, which won the Will Rogers Award for Western Non-Fiction in 2017. Dr. Toler will present on the role of nurses in the war, and will sign copies of her book, Mercy Street, which became the basis for the popular PBS series. In addition, several other Civil War experts will present on a variety of related topics (see full schedule below). 

This event is open to the public, free of charge. A break will be provided for dinner on Friday night, during which attendees can purchase food on or off campus. We invite you to view the schedule below, as well as further information about our speakers, and save the date to join us on April 27-28!

Seminar Schedule

Friday, April 27 


KEYNOTE: "General Stand Watie"

Presented by John Dwyer, who will also sign copies of his books, including his award-winning The Oklahomans.


"Indian Territory in the Confederate Congress" - presented by Beau Cantrell


"Heroes in Blue and Gray" - presented by Ben Odom


Dinner Break


"Battle of Fort Donelson" - presented by Dan DeKalb


KEYNOTE: "Nurses in the Civil War"

Presented by Dr. Pamela Toler, who will also sign copies of her book, Mercy Street.

Saturday, April 28 


"April 1865" - presented by Mike Sheriff 


"Sherman's March to the Sea" - presented by Jeff Massey


"Guns of the War" - presented by Eric McBroom

Speaker profiles are available here!

For More Information

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

Keynote Speakers

John Dwyer
Historian, author of the award-winning book, The Oklahomans

Dr. Pamela Toler
Historian, author of Heroines of Mercy Streetupon which the PBS series (Mercy Street) was based. 


Book Signing

Both speakers' books will be available for sale, and the authors will be doing signings, at the Symposium.