Upcoming Programs

During the period of August 7-11, "Stonewall" Jackson, in his last independent operation before being subsumed into the main Army of Northern Virginia, lunged across the Rapidan River to attack Pope’s advance guard before it could be supported by the rest of the Unionist force. The result was Jackson’s victory at Cedar Mountain. That opened one of the war’s most remarkable campaigns, which led next to the great Confederate victory at the Second Battle of Manassas.

Aug 23, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014
Scott C. Patchan

Join acclaimed author and Antietam Battlefield Guide, John Michael Priest, on this revealing, detailed tour of the 1862 Maryland Campaign – at South Mountain and Antietam. Our tour will involve a fair amount of walking and visits to many sites that are seldom seen - and comfortable walking shoes are a must. Enroll now for this exciting adventure in Civil War history in September amid the rolling hills of western Maryland!

Sep 5, 2014 - Sep 6, 2014
John Michael Priest

The Civil War left an enduring legacy in Alabama where ideologies ranged from fiery secessionism to ardent Unionism. The first capital of the Confederacy was located in Montgomery. Union supporters in Winston County threatened to secede from the state. Selma saw the late-war Battle of Ebenezer Church, and its arsenal manufactured most of the Confederacy’s ammunition. After the Civil War, Reconstruction set the state on a course that would culminate in significant events in the U.S. civil rights movement.

Sep 12, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014
Norman Dasinger, Jr.

As July of 1864 faded into history, Confederate Gen Jubal Early's campaign in the Shenandoah Valley had reached its pinnacle. Early had marched to the gates of Washington and won a resounding battlefield victory at Monocacy, and then headed northwest and burned Chambersburg, PA. Early's operations forced U. S. Grant to detach 30,000 troops from his operations at Petersburg to deal with the troubles Early was causing in the Shenandoah.

Sep 26, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014
Scott C. Patchan

This Friday evening and all-day Saturday program will be led by two prominent Civil War scholars - Brandon H. Beck and Stephen Lee Ritchie. After a Friday night dinner in Winchester, Brandon and Steve will each give a short presentation on the early days of the War in the Lower Valley. Then, on Saturday, we'll visit sites at Harpers Ferry, Charles Town and at the seldom-visited First Battle of Falling Waters location in West Virginia. Along the way, we'll discuss many of the notable characters that figured in the dramatic events of this period: John Brown, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Hayward Shepherd, Robert Patterson, J. E. B. Stuart - and even John Wilkes Booth. This program is our BEST VALUE BARGAIN of the year. We hope you join us. Spots are filling so ENROLL TODAY!

Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 11, 2014
Stephen Lee Ritchie

This two day tour will encompass the four major elements of the 3rd day's battle:  the fighting at Culp’s Hill; actions at the East Cavalry Field; the Longstreet-Pettigrew Assault (Pickett's Charge); and the South Cavalry Field.

We hope you’ll join us in Gettysburg during the most perfect time of the year - for this vigorous, detailed tour of The Third Day at Gettysburg led by two of the most knowledgeable and popular licensed battlefield guides at Gettysburg - Gary Kross and Charlie Fennell! 

Wear comfortable shoes because a considerable amount of walking is involved - however you can always catch a breather along the way and hitch a ride on our tour bus at any time. You'll be sustained by hearty lunches and special autumn refreshments during the tour - and also please join us for an Open Bar reception at O'Rorke's Eatery & Spirits pub on Thursday evening, the night before the tour.

Oct 17, 2014 - Oct 18, 2014
Charles C. Fennell, Jr.

After abandoning Atlanta on September 1, 1864, John Bell Hood and his Army of Tennessee, reduced to about 35,000 men, launched a bold plan to lure the Federal forces led by William T. Sherman away from Atlanta. Thus began a series of fateful steps that would lead to the destruction of the proud Army of Tennessee. The plan was to dash across Alabama into Tennessee, regain Nashville, and then move into Kentucky, thus transferring the offensive to the Confederate side. Going on the defensive, Sherman assigned a part of his considerable force to George H. Thomas and placed him in charge of protecting Tennessee.

Nov 6, 2014 - Nov 8, 2014
Eric A. Jacobson

Led by the "Dream Team" of Ed Bearss and Terry Winschel. No tour team could be assembled that would bring more knowledge and experience to this subject. This may well be CWEA's 2014 Tour of the Year!

                                                      Space is Limited so please Enroll Today



Nov 12, 2014 - Nov 15, 2014
Edwin C. Bearss

The Sarasota Civil War Symposium, since its inception in 1993, has enjoyed robust attendance and hatched many enduring friendships.

Once again we have assembled a superb group of presenters, each of whom will deliver a carefully crafted presentation on an intriguing topic of the Civil War. Topics of presentation and themes of the various panel discussions will soon be posted on this site.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Maximum enrollment is 150 people.

Jan 21, 2015 - Jan 24, 2015
William C. "Jack" Davis

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.

Jan 28, 2015
Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, USA Ret.