State forum looks at new tools to study Civil War

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- American Public University is hosting a discussion about how new digital technologies are changing the ability to study the Civil War.The event is set for March 30 at the school's new Finance Center in Charles Town. It's free and open to the public.History professor Donald Shaffer will deliver the keynote address. He is the author of "After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans.''
Other panelists for the daylong event include Jim Surkamp, who created the website, and Civil War-era novelist and historian Bob O'Connor.APU archivist Brad Wiles says historians have been forced to rethink, reinterpret and refashion approaches to what was previously considered to be settled history.He says technology today offers an unprecedented ability to analyze information -- and start new debates. 
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