On behalf of all the authors of Emerging Civil War, we wanted to thank all of the attendees of the First Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. We could not have asked for a better weekend. We had some great discussions and questions from the participants.
A HUGE thank you to Eric and Susan Wittenberg. Eric has been a loyal supporter of ECW since day one. His guidance and help has been invaluable. He graciously donated a free tour of the Brandy Station or Trevilian Station battlefield for our raffle. The winner is in for an outstanding day on the field.
Our deepest thanks has to be extended John Michael Priest. Mike graciously donated a one day tour of the Antietam Battlefield. Both raffle winners are in for a great day of battlefielding.
We also would like to thank Dan Goldstein from the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, who donated a number of beautiful gift bags; Dave Roth of Blue and Gray Magazine; the very professional and unobtrusive crew from C-SPAN, who braved I-95 traffic to film us; and thanks to everyone at Savas Beatie, LLC.
The event could not have gone forward without all the hard work of Jenny and Chris Mackowski. Rob Orrison helping organize registration and keeping it moving.
The Friday Roundtable was outstanding!!!! Michael Hardy, Dave Powell, Mike Priest, Eric Wittenberg, Meg Thompson, Chris Kolakowski, Dan Davis, Phill Greenwalt, and our outstanding emcee Chris Mackowski all were entertaining and highly informative.
All of Saturdays speakers were exceptional, especially Ryan Quint, who stepped in at the last minute to cover Lee White’s spot. Thanks Ryan for stepping up.
Sundays tours could not have gone better, the weather was great and Mark Leach from the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield was in valuable as our “sheep dog” keeping our caravan together. The boxed lunches from Country Lane Catering were delicious, leaving one participant wanting to know who made the banana pudding because he was going to marry them.
Over the next week or so we will have some follow-up posts with pictures, comments, and exciting announcements from this years sold out event.
As for now, we are excited to announce that next years symposium will be at Stevenson Ridge July 24-26, 2015. Registration opens November 1, 2014. More information on the event to follow soon. We hope to see you there.