2018 Symposium

The Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will be held
August 3 – 5, 2018

The home of this year’s symposium is Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania County. Stevenson Ridge offers elegant and historic lodging at one of their several historic cottages. For more information contact Stevenson Ridge at 540-582-6263 or visit their website at: www.stevensonridge.com or our new Venue Information page.


This year’s theme is “Turning Points of the American Civil War

Speaker Line-Up:

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”

Keynote Speaker:

Scott Hartwig, “If We Fail Now the North Has No Hope:” The Antietam Campaign of 1862. For more information, click here.

Sunday’s Tour:

The wounding of Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson at Chancellorsville led by the co-author of The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson, Chris Mackowski.

Friday Evening Roundtable Discussion:

Emceed by Dr. Chris Mackowski: What are the great turning points of the war—Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Lincoln’s Election, the Emancipation Proclamation, and more….

Steve Phan, NPS Historian for the Defense of Washington
Paige Gibbons-Backus, Historic Site Manager, Ben Lomond Historic Site
Kevin Pawlak, Director of Education, Mosby Heritage Area Association
Drew Gruber, Executive Director, Civil War Trails
Bert Dunkerly, NPS Historian for Richmond National Battlefield Park

The full schedule will be announced in the spring; however, the doors open on Friday at 4:00 p.m. for check-in and the afternoon meet-and-greet.

Registration and Ticket Info:

Our admission price is just $155.00 per ticket. This price includes all of the events listed above, plus Friday evening hors d’oeuvres and roundtable discussion; lunch on Saturday afternoon.

Please contact us at emergingcivilwar@gmail.com or or contact Stevenson Ridge at (540) 582-6263 for more information. Tickets or reservations are required.

To Pay by Check:

Please make checks payable to Emerging Civil War

Mail checks to:

Emerging Civil War
c/o Stevenson Ridge
6901 Meeting Street
Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Refund Policy:

  • Before May 30th, 2018 – Full Refund.
  • June 1 – June 30th, 2018 – 50% Refund.
  • After July 1st, 2018 – No Refund.

Lodging Information:

Stevenson Ridge:  Home of this year’s Symposium, Stevenson Ridge offers elegant and historic lodging at one of their several historic cottages.  Attendees to the Symposium will receive 10% off the lodging rate.  For more information contact Stevenson Ridge at 540-582-6263 or visit their website at: www.stevensonridge.com.

Off-Site Hotels: Click here for more information about hotels accommodations we’ve arranged in the area.

Important Reminder:

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.

Contact Us:

Please contact us at emergingcivilwar@gmail.com, or 540-582-6263 with any questions that you may have.

Proceeds from the event support battlefield preservation.