Upcoming Programs

The Sarasota Civil War Symposium, since its inception in 1993, has enjoyed robust attendance and hatched many enduring friendships. And our 2015 edition promises to be our best yet.

Our superb group of presenters, each of whom will deliver a carefully crafted presentation on an intriguing topic of the Civil War, is a mix of perennial stalwarts: William C. "Jack" Davis (Moderator), Ed Bearss, Robert K. Krick, John Marszalek, Richard McMurry, James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jeff Wert and Frank Williams - and impressive new talent: Karen Abbott, Lynn Heller, Philip Leigh, David Mowery and Joseph Reinhart. We've added evening sessions on both Thursday and Friday for the first time, and our two panel discussions promise to be engaging. You can enroll for all or any part of this exciting program - please see the various enrollment options. If you have any questions, please call us at 800-298-1861. We hope to see you on the warm, white sands of Lido Beach!

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.

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.

Jan 28, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015
Col. Robert J. Dalessandro, USA Ret.

6 registrations are eligible for a 20% Early Bird Discount.

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Join us for this rarely presented tour of Jackson’s Winter Campaign led by the leading authority on the subject, who will take us to places rarely visited by Civil War enthusiasts.

We hope to see you for our first tour of 2015 - in Winchester.

Mar 19, 2015 - Mar 21, 2015
Gary Ecelbarger

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Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015
Norman Dasinger, Jr.

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Apr 8, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015
Scott C. Patchan

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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 through to Appomattox.

Our tour will make apparent the vast scope of the armies' operations in April 1865 and the importance of mobility in those operations.

Apr 16, 2015 - Apr 18, 2015
Phillip S. Greenwalt

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Apr 24, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015
Gary Kross

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Monocacy Battlefield is one of those little gems of Civil War history.

Much like the South Mountain battlefield, until recently, it has been merely a footnote in the shadows of the “important” battles. Fought on July 9, 1864 on the outskirts of Frederick, Maryland, this day long battle bought the Union much needed time to slow down Jubal Early’s advance upon Washington.

John Michael “Mike” Priest will lead the tour to the major areas of the battlefield, over ground which has changed very little since 1864. This will be a walking tour, so dress accordingly.


May 9, 2015
John Michael Priest

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May 15, 2015 - May 16, 2015
David M. Goetz