Early-Bird Tickets Now Available for the Sixth Annual ECW Symposium at SR

During this year’s Symposium, we announced the dates and topic for next year’s event, as well as our keynote speaker. We had more than forty people buy tickets on the spot!

Now you have the chance to get your tickets, too—at a special early-bird rate of $135.

The Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will be held August 2-4, 2019. Our topic will be “Forgotten Battles of the Civil War,” and our keynote speaker will be A. Wilson Greene.

We’ll announce a full line-up of speakers and topics early this fall. In the meantime, you can take advantage of our special early-bird rate through December 31, 2018. After that, tickets will be available at $155 each.

We hope to see you next August for “Forgotten Battles”—don’t forget!

Early Bird Registration – $135.00

A Recap of our Facebook LIVE Interviews from the 2018 Symposium

RobChrisDan 2018 Symposium FB LiveIf you missed out on our Facebook LIVE broadcasts from the Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, here’s a chance for you to catch up. Hosted by ECW’s Chris Mackowski and filmed by Paige Gibbons-Backus, our segments offered interviews with some of our speakers, insights from some of ECW’s historians, previews and recaps of different aspects of the Symposium, and more. (You don’t need to be a Facebook member to watch, either!)

A preview with Symposium coordinators Rob Orrison and Dan Welch.

Rob and Dan’s stunt doubles, Bert Dunkerly and Steven Phan, step in for a minute.

Bert Dunkerly offers a preview of his kick-off address, “Turning Points.”

Kevin Pawlak talks about Antietam as a turning point of the war.

A post-panel powwow with Drew Gruber, Steven Phan, Kevin Pawlak, Bert Dunkerly, and Paige Gibbons-Backus.

A Saturday-morning kick-off with Dan Welch and a look around the event hall.

Legendary Park Service historian Scott Hartwig talks about his keynote address and his current writing projects.

Greg Mertz talks about the wounding of Albert Sydney Johnston at Shiloh.

Jim Morgan talks about the battle of Ball’s Bluff and the creation of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War.

ECW’s chief historian, Chris Kolakowski, talks about his take-aways so far about “turning points of the Civil War.”

Spotlighting a pair of ECW’s friends, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield

Talking Emerging Revolutionary War with Mark Malloy, Rob Orrison, and Phill Greenwalt

Joking around with one of the great one-man comedy shows in history, Matt Atkinson

Chris Kolakowski and Dan Davis talk about Ulysses S. Grant

Wrapping up at the “afterparty” at the 1781 Brewery/Wilderness Run Winery, with guest appearances by a whole bunch of folks!

Plus, watch ECW’s 2018 Awards Presentation


The ECW Symposium on Facebook LIVE

Facebook at 2018 SymposiumThe Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge has been roaring along with a sold-out crowd, but even if you’re at home, you can join in on some of the fun. We’re offering a slew of Facebook LIVE broadcasts on our Facebook page. You can join along here.

On our Facebook page, we have exclusive interviews with a number of our speakers, including our keynote speaker, legendary Park Service historian Scott Hartwig. There’s lots of great stuff to check out. AND, we want you to join in the conversation with your own comments and observations. 

We’ll be posting more interviews throughout the day, so keep watching.

C-SPAN was here last night, and they’ll be here again this afternoon. The episodes they record will appear beginning this fall. We’ll keep you posted as they let us know when the episodes get scheduled.

Symposium Time is Nearly Here!

SR Before 2018 SymposiumAnticipation is building as we prepare for the kick-off of our Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge later today!

While we’re sold out, there’s room for you to follow along some of the action on our Facebook page. We’ll post live interviews all afternoon/evening starting this afternoon, and again all day tomorrow. We also have a cool announcement to share.

It’s our way to give those of you at home a little taste of the fun we’re having here! 

At 7:00 this evening, we’ll also broadcast live our annual awards presentations. The program will run about 15 minutes and will include our ECW Book Award and the Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History.

C-SPAN is joining us again this year. While they won’t be live, they will be taping programs this evening and on Saturday afternoon. (Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough crew to cover Saturday morning, too–sorry!) We’ll keep you posted here at ECW about when the segments will eventually air this fall.

Get ready for some excitement–it promises to be a fun few days!

ECW Symposium Traffic Alert

If you’re traveling to our Symposium…

The Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium is being held in Northern Virginia. Traffic in this area of the I-95 corridor can be EXTREMELY heavy on Friday afternoons/evenings, especially if you are traveling in from the north. Please note this as you plan your trip.

There are numerous routes to get to Stevenson Ridge, although many attendees will use the I-95 corridor.

If approaching Fredericksburg from I-95 South, Exit 126A is the most direct exit, but if there is heavy traffic, consider using Exit 118.

If approaching Fredericksburg from the I-95 North-Exit 126A is the most direct exit, but if there is heavy traffic, consider using Exit 130A or 133A.

Click here to use Map Quest. Or if you prefer Google Maps, click here. 

The address of Stevenson Ridge is:
6901 Meeting Street
Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Please visit the Symposium Event Page and use the drop down menus on our header bar for more information.

ECW Symposium Sold Out!

We have some important news to share with you regarding this year’s Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. As of today, July 19, this year’s Symposium has sold out. For those of you that got your tickets, we are looking forward to an amazing weekend of speakers, fellowship, and battlefield tromps.

If you missed an opportunity to attend in person, please look to our Facebook, Twitter, and the blog for all the highlights of the weekend.

We hope to see you at next year’s ECW Symposium, August 2-4, 2019. Tickets will go on sale at this year’s symposium, where we will also announce our theme, which will prove to be one you will not want to miss!