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...

Autumn Guns Bill Cannon Gettysburg Civil War Tour

As the 95,000 soldiers of the Army of the Potomac chased the 75,000 battle-hardened veterans of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia towards Gettysburg in June of 1863, over 145 men (in both armies) exercised command at their level for the first time or had not yet commanded their unit in a major battle. How did these new commanders perform during the Battle of Gettysburg...

“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 beginning,” one historian has written, “was...

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...

History in the News

September Book-Signings at Gettysburg

Location

Gettysburg Visitors Center
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, PA
United States

  Savas Beatie, Publisher of Historical Titles of Distinction, announces the September schedule of book-signings of their authors at the Gettysburg Visitors Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, in Gettysburg, PA. For more information: http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org

September 5, 2015

JOHN M. "MIKE" PRIEST - STILL GOING STRONG!

   A retired high school history teacher, John Michael Priest has been interested in Civil War history since an early age. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and has written extensively about the Civil War.

The 1st Gathering of the ROBERT E LEE FELLOWSHIP: An After-Action Report

Forty men and women, hailing from fourteen states, gathered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 23-25, for the first annual gathering of the newly formed Robert E. Lee Fellowship. At the opening session on Thursday evening, CWEA president Bob Maher "handed the gavel" to Jay Jorgensen, who agreed to serve as the Fellowship's president.

What's New

  • All Sarasota Conferences are posted & OPEN for REGISTRATION

  • SHILOH TOUR NOW ON OUR CALENDAR FOR APRIL!

    April will be an exciting month for the CWEA - already we have booked An Insider's Tour of Spotsylvania, April 21-23, led by Robert K. Krick, widely hailed as...

  • 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...

  • 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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