2020 Symposium

The Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge has been POSTPONED to 2021.

(Scroll down for our Virtual Conference details)

Because of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the country, Emerging Civil War has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our annual symposium. Originally scheduled for August 7-9, 2020, the Seventh Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will now be held August 6-8, 2021. We will keep the same theme, “Fallen Leaders,” and our keynote speaker, Gordon Rhea, has graciously agreed to headline the event.

Earlier in the year, the governor’s planned Phase Three reopening suggested we would be able to safely hold our event. Nationally, however, the number of cases continues to rise. Because we have attendees who come from all across the country, and because many of our attendees are in high-risk groups, we felt it would be in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety to postpone.

People who have purchased tickets have three options available to them:

  • They can receive a full refund.
  • They can “roll over” their ticket for admission to next year’s event.
  • They can make a tax-deductible donation to ECW.

Ticket-holders can indicate their preference by filling out this short survey.

Ironically, one of the big bits of news we intended to announce this year is that the IRS has granted ECW 501(c)3 status as a not-for-profit. We’ve always operated as one, but now we’re official. As such, supporters can make tax-deductible donations to ECW to help underwrite our educational mission.

Virtual 2020 Symposium

For all of our ticket holders for the 2020 ECW Symposium, as a way of saying THANK YOU for your continued support during these challenging times, we will be giving you exclusive access to a one day virtual symposium. Six speakers will give digital presentations on the theme The War in the East. Anyone who had registered for the 2020 ECW Symposium will receive an email with an exclusive access code to the Emerging Civil War Youtube page. The one day virtual symposium will go live on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Your access code will be good after August 15 if you are unable to watch that day and you will be able to catch all six programs at your leisure.

Didn’t buy tickets to this year’s symposium? Purchase your tickets for the 2021 ECW Symposium before August 14, 2020 to get exclusive access to this virtual event.

2021 ECW Symposium Early Bird Tickets – $155



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Here is the lineup for our 2020 ECW Virtual Symposium: The War in the East

The First Shots of the Civil War in Charleston Harbor                                        Learn about the build up to and first battle of the Civil War at Fort Sumter in April of 1861.  The surprisingly bloodless battle inaugurated the bloodiest war in American history and the city of Charleston became a target for Union forces for the remainder of the war.    — Mark Maloy

“We’re the boys who rode around McClellan” The Chambersburg Raid of 1862 For the second time in one year, General J.E.B. Stuart rode around General George McClellan’s army. This presentation will explore details of the route, logistics, and the military implications for both sides caused by the raid. –– Sarah Kay Bierle

In the Wake of Antietam: The Loudoun Valley Campaign of 1862           Following the bloodiest single day in American history at the Battle of Antietam, in late October 1862, the Federal army crossed into Virginia once more. The ensuing battles that erupted in the Loudoun Valley and beyond raged for two weeks and produced yet another indecisive campaign. — Kevin Pawlak

“Where all so well did their duty” George Greene’s Brigade at Gettysburg Against overwhelming odds, this lone Union brigade held Culp’s Hill in a climactic action on July 2, 1863. Learn about Greene, his men, and their gallant service on the slope of Culp’s Hill in this exciting program. –Dan Welch

Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp–Elmira, NY Long called by some the “Andersonville of the North,” the prisoner of war camp in Elmira, New York, is remembered as the most notorious of all Union-run POW camps. It existed for only a year—from the summer of 1864 to July 1865—but in that time, and for long after, it became darkly emblematic of man’s inhumanity to man. Confederate prisoners called it “Hellmira.” –Derek Maxfield

A Fight for Life or Death: Carnage in the Medical Field During Civil War    What many thought was going to be one battle turned into four years of civil war resulting in over 700,000 casualties.  The battles on the field created another war against disease and wounds that was full of chaos, carnage, and challenges that ultimately propelled the medical field to the advanced practice that many of us take for granted today.                        — Paige Gibbons Backus

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