Following the American Revolution, our Founding Fathers were faced with the task of defending the newly formed United States from powerful potential adversaries. President George Washington urged Congress to provide funds for the establishment of strong coastal fortifications and Federal arsenals. Although Americans were energetic, capable and determined, we lacked the professional engineers,...

Following his crushing defeat of John Pope’s hapless Army of Virginia at the Battle of Second Bull Run, Robert E. Lee elected to take his Army of Northern Virginia northward across the Potomac River in an effort to bring the ravages of war to Northern territory. In early September 1862, the Confederates began their invasion of Maryland, opening it with a complex...

Now here is a very exciting program for Civil War buffs and rural travel enthusiasts: a tour that will focus on the role of the cavalry in the decisive Philip Sheridan-Jubal Early Shenandoah Valley Campaign in the late summer and fall of 1864, that will take us to cavalry battle sites seldom seen!

After a Thursday evening overview at...

No single decision by a general in the Army of the Potomac proved to be such a lightning rod for controversy and criticism as Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles’ bold movement of the Third Corps to the high ground west of Cemetery Ridge on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg. This decisive yet precarious choice produced the battle’s bloodiest hours of fighting and may well have...

After the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency in November, 1860 and the attack on Fort Sumter in April 12, 1861, the nation seemed inevitably headed for war. Most Northerners and Southerners believed the coming conflict would consist of one climactic, winner-take-all battle. Federal troops were enlisted for only 90 days - more than enough time, felt Northern leaders, to rout the...

By June of 1863, the tide of the Civil War in the Western Theater had already begun to turn against the Confederacy. With Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's success in enveloping the Confederate Army of Mississippi at Vicksburg, and with Union Gen. William Rosencrans's strengthening hold upon the vital industrial city of Nashville, Tennessee, the future of...

“It’s like Gone With the Wind on mescaline.”

Actor John Cusack describing Savannah in the movie,

 “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”

“In the...

Following its defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga (September 18-20, 1863), the Union Army of the Cumberland, led by Major General William S. Rosecrans, retreated back to its base at Chattanooga. Reaching the safety of the town, they quickly erected defenses before General Braxton Bragg's pursuing Army of Tennessee arrived. Moving his men onto Missionary Ridge to the east...

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What's New

  • (as of July 31) - SARASOTA UPDATES:

    The SARASOTA, FLORIDA CIVIL WAR (January 21-23), WORLD WAR I (January 26-27) and WORLD WAR II (January 28-30) conference arrangements regarding faculty selections and topics of presentation are...

  • ROBERT K. KRICK to Lead INSIDER'S TOUR of SPOTSYLVANIA, April 21-23, 2016.

    Widely hailed as the leading authority on the Army of Northern Virginia,  Bob will take the tour group to all of the best-known sites of the Battle of Spotsylvania, as well as to a bunch of...

  • CHATTANOOGA: AN INSIDER'S FIELD & WALKING TOUR is Ready to Go. On November 13-14, the CWEA returns to the Civil War-rich city of Chattanooga, led by NORMAN DASINGER, JR.

    Norman has developed over the last 7-8 years into a truly outstanding tour leader of battle sites in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee - and has gained special renown for his prowess in locating and...

  • Here are some Photos from CWEA's 10th Annual Gettysburg All-Star Tour

    View album collection by tour member, Archie Clark. Just CLICK HERE...

  • Coming in April, 2016: a Unique World War II tour: BATTLEFIELD BERLIN

    American History Forum, in association with Battleground Tours, announces BATTLEFIELD BERLIN. You'll spend a week exploring Berlin’s fascinating modern history led by CWEA/AHF faculty...

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