Three years into the War, Mobile remained an important objective for Union forces, both land and sea. Located at the head of relatively shallow Mobile Bay more than thirty miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile also lay on an extensive river system that offered access to the Confederate interior.  Because the Union had been slow to mount a serious threat against the city for much of the...

In the summer of 1781, the Marquis de Lafayette faced off against a powerful British army led by Lt. Gen.  Charles, Lord Cornwallis in Virginia. These operations eventually led to the Siege of Yorktown, where Cornwallis would surrender to American forces under General George Washington.

In Saturday, April 28, join U.S. Army historian John Maass on a tour of...

156 years after the first great battle of the Civil War, we will assemble in Corinth. Mississippi for a comprehensive tour of the pristine battlefield of Shiloh - led by Timothy B. Smith, the leading tour guide of the Shiloh battlefield. And with the mild weather, the peach blossoms and the hearty Southern home-cooking – it won't get any better than this!

But it wasn’t a...

We enthusiastically announce our 2018 Gettysburg All-Star Conference & Tour, which promises to be OUR BEST YET! Designed for serious yet fun-loving students of the Gettysburg Campaign, our program will include an all-day Friday tour of Lee’s Retreat from Gettysburg, led by Gary Kross, a Saturday afternoon...

Our inaugural gathering at Spring Mill in August, 2017 was a resounding success. 97 men and women from 15 states attended and liked it so much that many of them have already enrolled for our 2018 gathering at which we expect an attendance of 125. We have again assembled an All-Star Faculty of Historians, presenting ten talks on various aspects of Civil War history and an Open...

“One campaign above all others electrified people North and South during the Civil War, and captured the imagination of the Western world. It continues to offer the same lure even today. Legends have grown around it. Even the great German combat leader Erwin Rommel is supposed—erroneously—to have studied it and learned from its lessons. The campaign, of course, was Stonewall...

Once again, we invite you to join us in New Orleans. Our program leaders, both of whom have special connections to the Crescent City, have arranged an exciting adventure, certain to thrill even those who’ve visited the area many times before. During our three days and four nights together, we’ll visit sites seldom seen, meet colorful local people,...


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We are happy to announce Stonewall Jackson’s Complete, Comprehensive & Chronological 1862 Valley Campaign tour, October 12-17, led by Gary Ecelbarger – a masterpiece! We presented this tour twice before, to the highest raves from attendees – Dr. Dave Collins of Waynesboro, PA says, “This is the best Civil War tour I have ever taken.” The late John Maitland, of Poplar Grove, IL, acclaimed, “If you are interested in Jackson in the Valley, this tour, bar none, is the best.”

Read over the tour description here – and if you decide to enroll, send in a $100 deposit per person – the balance will be due on or before September 15, 2018. Again, please read over the tour description, and decide today to treat yourself to this wonderful adventure of discovery, in autumn in October, in the storied and beautiful Shenandoah Valley!

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The Sarasota Civil War Symposium, World War I & II Conferences are HISTORY! Thanks to all Attendees; See you next year!

The sun sets over the Gulf and our 2018 Sarasota conferences are now fond memories of informative & inspirational presentations by some of America's finest historians; sumptuous lunches, entertaining evenings, and fine fellowship. We'd like to thank our faculty, attendees, vendors, and the staff of the Sandcastle Resort for once again making these events a grand mid-winter pleasure!

See you in Sarasota in January 2019! 

April's SHILOH TOUR, led by Tim Smith, is Set & Ready to go.

One of our most popular tours & attendance is limited, so ENROLL NOW!

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