Symposium Spotlight: Eric Wittenberg


2015-WittenbergEric Wittenberg’s award-winning book The Devil’s to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg offered the first in-depth exploration of the famous stand by Federal cavalrymen that opened the battle of Gettysburg. By picking the ground for battle and setting up a delaying defense, Buford set the stage for all that followed in what became the most famous fight of the Civil War.

“Buford’s unparalleled defense on July 1, 1863 made the Union victory at Gettysburg possible,” Eric says.

Buford’s stand will be the focus of Eric’s talk at the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, Aug. 4-6, 2017.

Eric is the author of 18 published books on the Civil War and more than three dozen articles that have appeared in various national magazines. He is also deeply involved in battlefield preservation work and often assists the Civil War Trust with its efforts, and was also a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Advisory Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Eric is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania, and was educated at Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is an attorney in private practice. He and his wife Susan and their three golden retrievers reside in Columbus, Ohio.


Tickets for this year’s Symposium, Aug. 4-6, 2017, are available for $125 (order here). They include Friday night’s reception, speakers, keynote address, and historians’ roundtable; Saturday’s line-up of talks; coffee service and lunch on Saturday; and Sunday’s tour of the Brandy Station battlefield.

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