This weekend marks the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. “The upcoming events are a great way for our readers and authors to come together, face-to-face,” commented ECW co-founder Chris Mackowski.
Kristopher White, who is the co-coordinator of this years event, spoke to the timeliness of the theme. “This years theme, ‘Civil War Legacies,’ is appropriate given the 150th anniversary events are winding up, not to mention recent events that have led many to question the legacy of the war’s memory, as well as the way we view the Confederate flag. Nobody could have foreseen how spot on this would be when the group settled on it a nearly a year ago.”
A Friday evening roundtable panel will discuss the closing events of the war, the recent Confederate flag controversy, and how we both remember and interpret the Civil War today.
Speakers and guest will join us from all over the United States. “Last years event was invigorating as both an author for ECW and as a speaker at the event,” recalled Meg Thompson. “It was inspiring to see that what we produce here at ECW is both widely read and appreciated. I can’t put into words how great it was to spend time listening to, and sharing ideas with everyone. It was also great to put faces with names. While we primarily communicate across the internet with our readers, it was wonderful to be able to listen to and debate topics in real time.”
Meg is speaking this year on Dr. Jonathan Letterman-she will be joined by fellow ECW authors Daniel Davis, Phill Greenwalt, Chris Kolakowski, Dave Powell, and Eric Wittenberg-all of whom will be speaking Saturday. ECW will also be joined by Emmanuel Dabney of Petersburg National Battlefield, and Keynote Speaker Dana Shoaf-the Editor of Civil War Times Magazine.
The weekend events will be capped off by a car caravan tour of the Chancellorsville Battlefield with Kristopher D. White.
Tickets will be available at the door, though we do encourage participants to preregister.
We hope to see you there.