On February 1, 2013, Humanities Texas held a one-day teacher workshop at the Byrne-Reed House for secondary language arts teachers on American writing on the Civil War.

Teachers studied not only the multiple perspectives that Americans had, and continue to have, on the Civil War, but also the rhetorical strategies and devices that authors have used to communicate effectively. Featured authors included Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Henry David Thoreau, Stephen Crane, and Robert Lowell.

Randall Fuller (University of Tulsa) and Evan Carton, Daina Ramey Berry, and Coleman Hutchison, all of The University of Texas at Austin, served on the workshop faculty.