This past weekend I spoke at the Ed Bearss Civil War Seminar in Chambersburg. This is part of a series of events coordinated by Ted Alexander and the Chambersburg (Pa) Chamber of Commerce. More info is here: http://civilwarseminars.org/.
For those of you not familiar with this group, Ted founded this series back in 1989 with the purpose of providing in-depth discussion of various aspects of the Civil War. It has developed a deserved reputation for quality since then. Ted also uses raffles at the event to raise money for preservation; to date, they have raised over $190,000 toward that cause.
This was my first year directly associated with them, and I was asked to speak on Bataan as part of an effort by Ted to branch a bit more from the Civil War. Others discussed Revolutionary War topics and Braddock’s campaign, and Saturday’s tour was of Brandywine Battlefield. There were Civil War-focused speakers also, covering divers topics as leadership, Stuart’s ride around McClellan, J.K.F. Mansfield, and ethnics in the Confederacy among others. The crowd was extremely knowledgeable and we had some superb discussions. In the end, it was good history combined with good fellowship, which is what these events are all about.
Check out their schedule for the rest of 2016. There are some great events in Virginia and elsewhere still on the docket. I highly recommend joining the discussion.