2017 Symposium

The Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will be held
August 4-6, 2017.

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The 2017 symposium will be held August 4-6, 2017.


Stevenson Ridge (Spotsylvania, VA.):  Home of this year’s Symposium, 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 “Great Defenses of the Civil War.

Speaker Line-Up:

Our outstanding line-up of speakers includes:

Matt Atkinson (Ranger-Gettysburg National Military Park)—The Confederate Defense of Vicksburg

Chris Kolakowski (Director of General Douglas MacArthur Memorial)—“I Will Die Right Here”: The Army of the Cumberland at Stones River

Dr. Chris Mackowski (Co-Founder ECW)—“We Must Strike Them a Blow!”: Lee’s Defense of the North Anna River

Dr. Kelly Mezurek (Walsh University)—“Rebel Soldiers and Darkies on Guard over Them!”: Race, Retaliation, and Black Soldiers as Civil War Sentinels

Kevin Pawlak (Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam) “Water to his Front, Water to his Rear”: Robert E. Lee Defends the Confederate High Water Mark at Sharpsburg, September 17, 1862

Ryan Quint (Ranger-Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park)—Lew Wallace’s Stand at Monocacy

Daniel Welch (Ranger-Gettysburg National Military Park)—”Boys, give them rocks”: Jackson’s Stand at Second Manassas

Eric Wittenberg (Award Winning Civil War Author)—”The Devil’s to Pay”: John Buford at Gettysburg

Lee White (Ranger-Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park)—Left their lifeless remains as testimonials to…futility”:  The Confederate Defense of Kennesaw Mountain

Keynote Speaker:

We are pleased to welcome our 2017 Keynote Speaker Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan. Dr. Jordan is an Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston University. He holds a B.A. in History/Civil War Studies from Gettysburg College; an M.A. in History from Yale University; and a Ph.D. from Yale University. His book Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in the History category. He is also the author of Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory, September 14, 1862, which will be the topic of his keynote address.

Sunday’s Tour:

Our Sunday car caravan tour will cover the Battle of Brandy Station. Your tour leaders will be Eric J. Wittenberg and Daniel T. Davis. Eric and Dan are co-authors of Out Flew the Sabres: The Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863.

Friday Evening Roundtable Discussion:

Emceed by Dr. Chris Mackowski-This years topics will include the changing tactics and technology of the Civil War, as well as other great defensive battles including Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, Franklin, and more….

Registration and Ticket Info:

Registration is open now and our admission price is just $125.00 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.

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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, 2017 – Full Refund.
-June 1 – June 30th, 2017 – 50% Refund.
-After July 1st, 201 – No Refund.
Early Bird price ($110.00) – expires December 31, 2016!

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.

Hampton Inn-Fredericksburg South:  Located approximately 10 minutes away from Stevenson’s 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 4th-6th.  To reserve your room contact the Hampton Inn at 540-898-5000 by July 14th, 2017 and mention “Emerging Civil War Symposium.” Click here to visit the Hampton Inn website.

Become a Vendor at the Symposium:

If you are a history author looking to sell your books at the Emerging Civil War Symposium, check out our Symposium Vendor page for all of the details.

Important Reminder:

The Fourth 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.

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