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  • President Andrew Johnson
    Ex-Confederates and Post-Civil War Pardons

    Author and former jurist Frank Williams looked at the question facing Union leaders in the post-war era: Should ex-Confederates receive pardons? He discussed President Andrew Johnson's lenient approach after Abraham Lincoln's assassination. He also talked about the cases of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee — both of whom avoided prosecution — as well as that of Henry Wirz, the Andersonville prison commander who was executed. This program was from the annual Lincoln Forum symposium.

  • Sign above the entrance to the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana
    Farmweek | Off The Highway – MSU Library | September 13, 2018

    In this week's Farmweek feature, we're pleased to premiere a new segment, created especially for all those who enjoy discovering those hidden gems out on the road! In this first episode, we explore a couple of unsung places on the Mississippi State University campus. Zac Ashmore takes us "Off the Highway."

  • Audience at a panel discussion
    Could the Civil War Have Been Avoided?

    One hundred and fifty years after the outbreak of the Civil War, a panel of historians debated whether or not the war could have been avoided. They also responded to questions from members of the audience. Frank Williams moderated. "Could the War Have Been Avoided?" was a Thursday panel at the 15th annual Lincoln Forum, "The Coming of the Civil War: Enter Lincoln, Exit the South," held at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg.

  • Researchers opening a crate in the hallway of a library.
    Grant Presidential Library

    Perhaps no state did more to advance and propel the career of Ulysses S. Grant than Mississippi. Thus, it stands to reason that his memoirs are housed at Mississippi State – one of only six universities in the country to host a presidential library.