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, July 28, join U.S. Army historian John Maass on a tour...

In 1864, Gen. U.S. Grant, the newly appointed overall U. S. Commander, developed a plan to put all of the Union armies on the offensive across the South. The Shenandoah Valley and Western Virginia played a key role in Grant's plan, which was designed to deprive Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) of...

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 talks on various intriguing aspects of Civil War history


In the spring of 1861, shortly after the outbreak of the War, the Confederacy desperately needed to increase its l supply of railroad rolling stock. In response to this, Colonel Thomas J. Jackson contrived and executed a brilliant scheme to “appropriate” a large number of locomotives, railroad cars and other pieces of equipment from the Baltimore & Ohio...

In the summer of 1780, Patriot forces faced off against a powerful British army led by Lt. Gen. Charles, Lord Cornwallis in the South, along with his Loyalist allies. From August of that year until March 1781, poorly fed and inadequately equipped American armies led by veteran generals Horatio Gates and Nathanael Greene fought several key battles in the Carolinas, with mixed results. This...

“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...


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If you ever wanted to follow Jackson from start to finish on the storied Valley Campaign, this is the tour – and the ONLY tour offered by anyone - that will present the entire story.

We are happy to present Stonewall Jackson’s Complete, Comprehensive & Chronological 1862 Valley Campaign tour, October 12-17, led by Gary Ecelbarger – a masterpiece! We presented this tour only twice before, to the highest praise 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 enroll now with just a $100 deposit per person – the balance due on or before September 15, 2018.

Treat yourself to this wonderful adventure of discovery, in autumn in October, in the storied and beautiful Shenandoah Valley!

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In the spring of 1861, Colonel Thomas J. Jackson contrived and executed a brilliant scheme to “appropriate” locomotives, rail cars and other equipment from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in northern Virginia. The result was an episode in the War Between the States, the logistics of which amazed officials on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.

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! 

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