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Posted on: September 10, 2019

MacArthur Memorial to Host Civil War Symposium

MacArthur Memorial to Host Civil War Symposium

NORFOLK, Va. - On September 28, 2019, the MacArthur Memorial and Emerging Civil War will co-sponsor a symposium that will explore the Civil War activities of the ancestors of General and Mrs. Douglas MacArthur. 

In 1951, General MacArthur referred to himself as the “reunion of blue and gray personified.” The American Civil War was an immediate and formative experience for both of his parents and their experiences helped inspire and shape his career. General MacArthur’s wife, the Tennessee-born Jean Faircloth MacArthur, also had a significant Civil War pedigree. Between them, General and Mrs. MacArthur had ties to virtually every major land campaign east of the Mississippi River.

The symposium will feature four speakers and will be hosted in the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center in downtown Norfolk, VA.  Artifacts and artwork related to the war, including a hat worn by one of MacArthur’s uncles at the Battle of Gettysburg, will also be on display. 

The symposium is free, but registration is requested. Registration information and a schedule of speakers can be found on the MacArthur Memorial’s website:

About the MacArthur Memorial: The MacArthur Memorial was founded in 1964 as a museum and archive dedicated to the life and times of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, who is buried in the Memorial’s rotunda with his wife Jean. The City of Norfolk operates the Memorial in close partnership with the nonprofit General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. It averages over 40,000 visitors per year, and is open free of charge. For more information, please visit

About Emerging Civil War: Emerging Civil War is a non-profit organization committed to promoting interest and new scholarship on the Civil War Era, which was the defining event in the history of the United States.  For more information, please visit

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