Course Description: The Civil War is a vast subject. We will focus on the life of one Union regiment through the course of the war. The 1st Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery began its recruitment in spring 1861 with most of its members coming from Essex County, MA. The Regiment was deployed to the forts defending Washington DC and afterwards fought in the Battle of Spotsylvania and the Siege of Petersburg. Topics include recruiting bonuses; music of the Civil War; medical treatment; soldiers’ letters home; prisoners of war; and widows’ pensions.
OPTIONAL BOOK: History of the First Regiment of Heavy Artillery Massachusetts Volunteers, by Alfred Seelye Roe and Charles Nutt. Paperback, April 25, 2010. Available on Amazon and for free at: https://archive.org/details/historyoffirstre00roea/page/n6. Selections from this book as well as articles will be distributed by email.
INSTRUCTOR: David Nevard is a retired IT professional with a lifelong interest in history. He taught at Osher Lifelong Learning at Brandeis (BOLLI) and with WISE. The Civil War course grew out of a family history project. David’s great-great-grandfather, John Louis Harris, served in the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery Regiment from 1861 – 1864.
Course fee: $45.00
Zoom Link: Sent to paid and registered members before the start of course.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609