2024 ECW Symposium Schedule

We have a wicked-cool line-up coming your way for this year’s Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. This will be our TENTH Symposium, so we’re doing it up big with some special treats. Our theme this year is “1864: The War in the Balance.” Woo-hoo!

Friday, Aug. 2

10:30 a.m. (at Massaponax Church) “Grant Takes Command”: Grant’s Promotion to Lieutenant General and His Strategy for 1864, presented by Curt Fields as Ulysses S. Grant.


2:00 p.m.     Doors open at Stevenson Ridge

2:50 p.m.     Welcome

3:00 p.m.     John Hennessy—Overland Whirlwind: A Reflection on the Overland Campaign, May 1864

4:00–4:15 p.m.      Break

4:15 p.m.      Zachery Fry—Politics in a Time of War: The 1864 Election

5:15–5:30 p.m.      Break

5:30 p.m.    Derek Maxfield— “Point Lookout, Elmira and the Union Prisoner of War Machine in 1864″

6:30–6:45 p.m.     Break

6:45–7:15 p.m.     Awards

7:15 p.m. Keynote: Brian Steel Wills—“The Devil Take the Hindmost:” Why Nathan Bedford Forrest Could Not Save Atlanta

8:15–8:30 p.m.      Break

8:30 p.m.       Panel Discussion: 1864: The War in the Balance


Saturday, Aug. 3

8:00 a.m.      Doors open/Breakfast

8:45 a.m.      Brian Matthew Jordan—“The War in 1864”

9:45–10 a.m.          Break

10:00 a.m.   Daniel T. Davis—“Hurricane from the Heavens”: The Battle of Cold Harbor

11:00–11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.   Keynote: Jonathan Noyalas—“To Appreciate the Relation”: Lincoln, Sheridan, and the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 

12:15–1:30 p.m.  Lunch

1:30 p.m.     Neil P. Chatelain—Unpacking Mobile Bay’s Criticality

2:30–2:45 p.m.      Break

2:45 p.m.     Tim Talbott—“We Fight for Our Rights, Liberty, Justice, and Union”: The Battle of New Market Heights, September 29, 1864

3:45–4:00 p.m.      Break

4:00 p.m.     Joseph D. Ricci—“Open Road to Appomattox”: The Tennessee Campaign, the Battles of Spring Hill and Franklin, and the End of the War in the West

5:00 p.m.     Raffles & Closing


Sunday, Aug. 4

8:30 a.m. Meet at Stevenson Ridge for shuttle service to the tour site. Tour will conclude by noon. Tour includes moderate walking. Rain or shine.

2 Responses to 2024 ECW Symposium Schedule

  1. Excellent, provocative lineup. Sorry I have to leave earlyvSunday to march through South Carolina (vacation, not “nearly nonviolent” pillaging, looting, mayhem, etc, etc, etc). One day you’ll open the Conference with a Lee impersonator standing on Clarke Mountain, scratching his head, and trying to find Longstreet’s number on his cell phone’s speed dial.

    1. You’ll miss me at the Bloody Angle–but I suspect you already get enough of me, anyway! 🙂

Please leave a comment and join the discussion!