The 2nd Annual Spring Mill Indiana Civil War Symposium - August 16-18

  • Activity Level: Easy

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 ten talks on various aspects of Civil War history and an Open Forum Panel Q & A session, and we’ll have discussions on books led by the good folks from Owens & Ramsey Booksellers of Richmond, VA. Some of the topics of presentation we can already announce:


  • The Rail-Splitter and the Wigwam – The Nomination of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 – Gary Ecelbarger
  • Clara Barton, Civil War Nurse - by Leslie Goddard
  • Lee’s Retreat from Gettysburg – by Kent Masterson Brown
  • Philip Sheridan – by Scott C. Patchan
  • Stonewall Jackson and Turner Ashby: Partners in Command - by Stephen Lee Ritchie
  • Gone with the Glory: Civil War History and Hollywood - by Brian Steel Wills

The other talk titles will be announced soon.

Positioned smack dab in the Midwest, our base at the Spring Mill Inn is an easy drive for so many who live in the heartland. It is accessible from three airports: 68 miles from Louisville; 81 miles from Indianapolis; and 124 miles from Cincinnati. The historic 73 room Inn features warm and cozy country decor, with fully modern accommodations including an indoor/outdoor pool, and full service dining. The nightly room rate for our attendees is terrific: $80.99 + tax.

The food is hearty – buffet-style group lunches and Friday dinner will feature such entrees as roast beef, fried chicken, baked fish and eggplant parmesan, with sides and salads, and desserts like cherry cobbler and persimmon pudding. Our Saturday night dinner will be an old-fashioned cookout.

On the grounds you can visit the Limestone Grist Mill at the restored Pioneer Village, dating back to the early 1800's and the Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom Memorial which honors America's second man in space. The resort is a haven for lazy summer repose, with plenty of opportunities for recreation – nature hikes, cave tours, mountain biking and the like.

HURRY & BOOK ROOMS - and Don’t Miss This One!



Stephen Lee Ritchie

Steve Ritchie is a veteran tour lead of Civil War tours in the Shenandoah Valley and is widely regarded as the leading authority on Turner Ashby. He is the co-director and co-founder of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Institute of the CWEA, and the vice-president and co-founder of the Robert E Lee Fellowship.

Bruce Allardice

BRUCE ALLARDICE is professor of history at South Suburban College (Illinois), and the author or co-author of six books, including Two Years Before the Paddlewheel: Charles F. Gunther, Mississippi River ConfederateMore Generals in Gray; Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register and Kentuckians in Gray.

Kent Masterson Brown

KENT MASTERSON BROWN is an attorney based in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of many books including Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander; The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State; Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign; One of Morgan’s Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry, and the soon to be released General George Gordon Meade and the Gettysburg Campaign.

Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis is the author of more than a hundred articles in such scholarly and popular publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and the Georgia Historical Quarterly, and writes a regular column, “Critic’s Corner,” on Civil War bibliography, for Civil War News.

Gary Ecelbarger

Gary Ecelbarger is a leading authority of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. He has written or co-written eight books, including We Are In For It!: The First Battle of Kernstown; Three Days in the Shenandoah: Stonewall Jackson at Front Royal & Winchester; & The Day Dixie Died,  along with biographies of Civil War generals “Black Jack” Logan & Frederick W. Lander.

Leslie Goddard

LESLIE GODDARD, based in Chicago, Illinois, is one of America’s leading portrayal artists of notable historic women, including Louisa May Alcott, Amelia Earhart and Clara Barton.

Dale K. Phillips

DALE K. PHILLIPS is Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site (NPS) in Springfield, Illinois. Previously he served as Superintendent at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (NPS) in Vincennes, Indiana. He is a veteran tour leader and speaker on Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 themes.

Scott C. Patchan

Scott Patchan is widely regarded as the leading authority and tour guide of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He is the author of Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign; Second Manassas: Longstreet's Attack and the Struggle for Chinn RidgeThe Battle of Piedmont and Hunter’s Campaign for Staunton; The Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont; and most recently, The Last Battle of Winchester: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7 - September 19, 1864.

James I. "Bud" Robertson

Bud Robertson recently retired as Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of many books including Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend; General A. P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior; and Robert E. Lee: Virginian Soldier, American Citizen.


Brian Steel Wills

Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War including The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow; A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest; The War in Southeastern Virginia and George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel.

Registration Fee (Lodging Not Included) - $395

If You Must Cancel we will refund 100% of your fees paid or transfer them to another program, as you wish.

What is included in your registration:

includes Thursday PM reception, Friday and Saturday lunches, Friday dinner, Saturday PM cookout.

WE'RE SWITCHING CREDIT CARD SOFTWARE so online registration is currently unavailable

FOR NOW, CALL 800-298-1861 to complete your credit card registration; or SEND CHECK to:


Box 78, Winchester, VA 22604

Thursday, August 16

7:00 PM-8:30 PM        Welcome Reception – Cash Bar - and Civil War Book Display and Sale – Owens & Ramsey Booksellers

Friday, August 17

8:30 AM-12:00 N        Three Talks – to be announced
12:00 N - 1:00 PM       Buffet Lunch in Main Dining Room
1:15 PM- 3:30 PM       Two Talks – to be announced
6:00 PM                    Cash Bar
6:30 PM                    Buffet Dinner – in Lakeview Room
7:30 PM                    Talk – to be announced

Saturday, August 18

8:30 AM-12:00 N        Three Talks – to be announced
12:00 N-1:00 PM        Buffet Lunch in Main Dining Room
1:15 PM-2:15 PM        A Talk – to be announced
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM     Open Forum – All Faculty
5:00 PM-8:00 PM        Cash Bar and Dinner Cookout

We reserve the right to change the order and topics of presentations, and to substitute faculty members as circumstances may dictate.

Spring Mill

We will be based at the Spring Mill Inn, 3333 State Road 60-E, Mitchell, IN 47446 where we have reserved rooms at the discounted nightly rates of $80.99 + tax – Single or Double. Call 812-849-4508 and identify yourself as a registrant for the CWEA conference.


Spring Mill Inn
3333 State Road 60-E
Mitchell, IN
United States