The ECW Symposium Welcomes Steve Davis

Davis Steve-smAll of us at Emerging Civil War are excited to announce that we have filled our symposium line up. Our newest ECW author, Steve Davis, will be speaking at our Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. Steve’s topic will be “Hood’s Assault at Peach Tree Creek.”

Steve has been a Civil War buff since the 4th grade. He attended Emory University and studied under the renowned Civil War historian Bell Wiley. After a master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught high school for a few years, then earned his Ph.D. at Emory, where he concentrated on the theme of the Civil War in Southern literature.

Steve is the author of an in-depth book on the Atlanta campaign, Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions (2001). His book What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta was published by Mercer University Press in 2012.

Steve, who now works for the Atlanta History Center, served as a speaker and consultant for the 2015 television documentary “When Georgia Howled: Sherman on the March,” a joint production of the Atlanta History Center and Georgia Public Broadcasting. He also served as the historian/content partner for the Civil War Trust’s Atlanta Campaign Battle App, produced in 2013-14.

Steve is also a popular speaker to Civil War round tables and historical societies. His favorite event was a couple of years ago when he addressed President and Mrs. Carter and family on the role of Copenhill (the Carter Center) in the battle of Atlanta.

This years symposium will be held August 5-7, 2016, at Stevenson Ridge. Our lineup of speakers includes:

Edward Alexander (Historian-Pamplin Park) will talk about the Federal breakthrough at Petersburg, April 2, 1865.

Matt Atkinson (Ranger-Gettysburg National Military Park) will talk about Gettysburg.

Chris Kolakowski (Director of General Douglas MacArthur Memorial) will talk about the fall of New Orleans.

Chris Mackowski (Co-Founder ECW) will talk about the attacks against the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania Court House.

Ryan Quint (Ranger-Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Miltary Park) will talk about the Cornfield at Antietam.

Kristopher White (Co-Founder ECW) will talk about Longstreet’s counterattack on May 6 at the Wilderness.

Lee White (Ranger-Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park) will talk about the doomed-but-successful Confederate assaults at Franklin.

Keynote Speaker:

Jim Ogden. Jim is a Ranger/Historian at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. He will talk about Longstreet’s assault at Chickamauga.

Sunday’s Tour:

Our Sunday tour will cover the assaults at the Marye’s Heights Sector of the Second Battle of Fredericksburg. Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White, authors of Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church, will lead the tour.

Registration and Ticket Info:

Registration is open now and is just $95.00 per ticket. This price includes all of the events listed above; Friday evening hors d’oeuvres and roundtable discussion; Lunch Saturday afternoon; a raffle ticket and welcome gift.

Please contact us at or or contact Stevenson Ridge at (540) 582-6263 for more information. Tickets or reservations are required. Click here to purchase your tickets to this outstanding event.


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