Symposium Spotlight: 2023 Photos!

This past weekend the 9th Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium took place at Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania Virginia. We were thrilled to welcome nearly 180 people to the event! Here are a few of our favorite photos from the weekend:

On Friday morning, Kevin Pawlak and Rob Orrison led a battlefield tour at Bristoe Station Battlefield.

Always wonderful to have a full room at Stevenson Ridge!

Cecily Nelson Zander started the Symposium with a thought-provoking (and humorous) program about Confederate General Braxton Bragg.

Neil P. Chatelain explained navy operations around Charleston, South Carolina in 1863.

Timothy B. Smith shared the Keynote Presentation, exploring the Siege of Vicksburg.

And we celebrated Tim Smith’s birthday weekend, surprising him with a cake!

Friday night also included awards presentations and a discussion panel.


On Saturday morning, we started with a short memorial for Meg Groeling. Then, Sarah Kay Bierle spoke about the battle of Chancellorsville and the morale of the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia.

Kevin Pawlak revealed John Mosby’s role in the Gettysburg Campaign.

Jon Tracey invited the audience to re-evaluate the fighting on Barlow’s Knoll during the first day of the battle of Gettysburg.

Some surprise announcements and special, grateful words for Chris Mackowski. Historian Greg Mertz came to share some of his memories!

Jim Hessler explored “the summer of Dan Sickles.”

Zachery A. Fry spoke about the Army of the Potomac and its evolution during 1863.

Chris Kolakowski ended the presentations with a rousing program about the attacks on Missionary Ridge.

We always appreciate the questions from the audience!

And here are a few favorite photos of ECW Members throughout the weekend…

Caroline Davis celebrated the publication of her first book!

Dwight Hughes introduced his friend and colleague, Neil Chatelain.

Bert Dunkerly had an impressive display of books for sale.

Kevin and Neil made sure Pat Kelly-Fischer (one of our newest members) enjoyed his first Symposium.

On Sunday morning Sarah Kay Bierle and Dan Davis (ECW Alumni) led a tour at the First Day At Chancellorsville Battlefield!

3 Responses to Symposium Spotlight: 2023 Photos!

  1. It looked as well planned and enthusiastic an event as always! So sorry about your loss of Meg. Hope to see you next year!

  2. An excellent event. The speakers were good, the tours in particular were excellent, and the whole weekend was well-planned and enjoyable.

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