Early Bird Rate Reminder: Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium

Earthworks at Stevenson Ridge.
Earthworks at Stevenson Ridge.

The Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium will be held at Stevenson Ridge. August 7 – 9, 2015. The $75 Early Bird rate will expire on April 30th. Register now to reserve your spot (reservations are required). For more information or to register, send an e-mail to:  emergingcivilwar@gmail.com or contact Stevenson Ridge at (540) 582-6263.  Stevenson Ridge is located at:  6901 Meeting Street, Spotsylvania, VA 22553.  The 2015 theme is “Civil War Legacies” and topics will include the 1865 surrenders, Lincoln assassination, battlefield preservation and the legacy of the Civil War.  Fee includes a Friday night round table discussion; lectures, lunch and book signings on Saturday with a tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield on Sunday including newly preserved property on Stonewall Jackson’s flank attack.

The keynote speaker Dana Shaof, editor of Civil War Times, will present “Give Them the Cold Steel (or Not): A Military and Cultural History of the Bayonet.”

There are two options for visitors to stay during the Symposium. Once again, the home of this year’s Symposium is Stevenson Ridge. 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.

Attendees may also wish to stay at the Hampton Inn-Fredericksburg South. The Hampton Inn is located approximately 10 minutes away from Stevenson Ridge near exit 126 on Interstate 95.  A discounted block of rooms ($92 + tax per night) have been set aside under the name “Emerging Civil War Symposium” for August 7th-9th.  To reserve your room contact the Hampton Inn at 540-898-5000 by July 24th and mention “Emerging Civil War Symposium.”

Our Speakers and their subjects are:

Emmanuel Dabney: Contracts, Education and Racial Violence: The Freedmen’s Bureau in Virginia

Daniel T. Davis:  One of the Longest and Most Important Marches in a Civilized Country: The Memory and Civil War Legacy of William Tecumseh Sherman

Phillip Greenwalt: Winning the War by Writing: The Formation of the Lost Cause

Chris Kolakowski: 1865: An End and a Beginning

Dave Powell: The Legacy of John Bell Hood: The Confederacy’s Most Controversial Commander

Meg Thompson: A Legacy of Caring: Dr. Letterman and Battlefield Medicine

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