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

On August 16, 2018 - 08:30 - August 18, 2018 - 20:00
  • 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

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.

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