What was once called The Great War has largely been overlooked, obscured by the vivid moral clarities of the greater war that followed. World War I was a bloody preview of World War II - machine guns, air and submarine warfare, poison gas - these were technologies that applied the tools of mass production to human slaughter. Killing became impersonal, mechanical and vast....

With gratitude to all who serve and have served in the United States military, especially in 1941-1945, we continue our acclaimed annual series of World War II conferences – to better understand and further appreciate the epic struggle of the 20th century.

Our 2015 conference in Sarasota will feature perhaps our most impressive group of World War II  ...

On New Year's Day of 1862, Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson ordered his independent division of 10,000 soldiers to march northward from their winter base at Winchester, Virginia toward the Potomac River. On the morning of March 24, 1862, Jackson and his army--reduced to 2,800 soldiers--solemnly trudged southward from Frederick County, Virginia. What happened...

On Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865 - 7 days after Appomattox, General James H Wilson and 15,000 mounted Federal troopers attacked Confederate defenses in Alabama across the Chattahoochee River from the industrial center of Columbus, Georgia. The commander of the Confederate defenders was Howell Cobb, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and President James Buchanan...

After almost ten months of life in the trenches, the two great armies in Virginia finished the war with a flurry of activity.  In 150 hours those armies marched an incredible 80 miles, and fought numerous actions that ranged from little skirmishes to major affairs.

By bus and on foot, we will follow the routes of those armies from Petersburg straight...

After marching north through the Shenandoah Valley from Lynchburg, the Confederate army of Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early side-stepped the Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry and crossed the Potomac River at Shepherdstown into Maryland on July 5-6, 1864. In reaction to Early’s movements, Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S Grant dispatched about 5,000 men of the VI Corps on July 6th 1864...

For thirty years, Robert K. Krick served as Chief Historian of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. During his tenure, more than 5,000 acres were preserved on the four battlefields that make up that military history preserve. From his deeply knowledgeable perspective, Bob Krick will take us to the...

Here is a chance to walk the ground of the bloodiest single-day battle in American history with the greatest battlefield tour guide in American history - Ed Bearss. And we hope you'll join us!

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...

History in the News

MITCH YOCKELSON to Join the Faculty for the SARASOTA WORLD WAR I and WORLD WAR II Conferences.

Author/historian Mitch Yockelson, well-known to many of you from his appearances on 60 Minutes, PBS, the History Channel and the Pentagon Channel, will be a speaker at our World War conferences in January in Sarasota, Florida.

The Chuck Wagon - Part II

In this "compelling" issue of The Chuck Wagon we’ll highlight some restaurants that are favored by several of our program leaders.

The Chuck Wagon

Traveling around on the history trail can be strenuous. We must eat well to keep up our strength. Having presented 468 conferences and tours over the last 21 years, we’ve stopped to eat in a lot of places across the USA, and in Canada and Europe. Here are some that are especially memorable:

What's New

  • The SARASOTA CONFERENCES continue!

    Seats ARE available for the World War II Conference which convenes this Thursday and WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS...

  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OFFER Ends in 5 Days!!

    20% savings on 2015 TOURS ends at MIDNIGHT, JANUARY 31.
    ENROLL NOW and enjoy BIG SAVINGS!

    Enroll online as shown, or call 800-298-1861...

  • New Commentary on the 70th Anniversary of "The Bulge" and "The Malmedy Massacre"

    Guest contributor, Stuart Dempsey, remembers the terrible events of December, 1944.

    ...

  • NEW COMMENTARY from JERRY DESKO

    A Day at the Beach: A reflection of a visit to Normandy.

  • Two New Organizations have been formed within the Civil War Education Association:

    the SHENANDOAH VALLEY CIVIL WAR INSTITUTE, and the ROBERT E. LEE FELLOWSHIP.

    Information about these groups and how you can participate in them ...

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