ECW Announces Our Full Symposium Line-Up

Symposium FlierIn September, we shared the news that Scott Hartwig, former supervisory historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, will be the keynote speaker for the Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, Aug. 3-5, 2018. In October, we shared details about his talk, “If We Fail Now the North Has No Hope:” The Antietam Campaign of 1862.”

Today, we’re pleased to share details about our full line-up of speakers. Along with Hartwig, we have eight other speakers—plus a special Sunday tour—that focus on “Turning Points of the Civil War.”

We are excited to welcome: 

Bert Dunkerly, “Turning Points: An Overview”

Gregory A. Mertz, “Defeated Victory: Albert Sidney Johnston’s Death at Shiloh”

James A. Morgan, “Unintended Consequences: Ball’s Bluff and the Rise of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War”

Doug Crenshaw, “The Rise of Lee: Richmond 1862”

Matthew Atkinson, “Gettysburg vs. Vicksburg: What’s the Bigger Turning Point?”

Chris Kolakowski, “Grant Takes Command”

Edward Alexander, “Grant Crosses the James”

Rea Andrew Redd, “The Election of 1864: The Point of No Return”

Plus, our Sunday tour this year will focus on the wounding and death of Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville, conducted by Chris Mackowski, co-author of The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll have details about all these talks—and how they work in conversation with our upcoming book Turning Points of the American Civil War, part of ECW’s “Engaging the Civil War” Series published by Southern Illinois University Press. Watch for the book this December!

In the meantime, early-bird tickets for the Symposium are only $130 now through December 31, 2017. After the first of the year, regular tickets will be $155. Registration includes:

  • our full line-up of speakers and the Sunday tour
  • Friday hors d’oeuvres
  • Friday evening historians’ roundtable
  • Saturday morning coffee and Saturday lunch

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