The Civil 

War Institute

300 North Washington Street
Campus box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: 717.337.6590

2018 Civil War Institute Summer Conference

June 22-27, 2018

Register for CWI 2018!

For over 35 years, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted an annual summer conference bringing leading historians and public audiences together for battlefield tours, small group discussions, lectures, and roundtable conversations about the Civil War era. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the 200-acre college campus. The 2018 CWI Conference will feature a wide range of topics, including prisoner of war experiences, Meade’s leadership at Gettysburg, Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, Hood's Texas Brigade, Lee's Lieutenants, common soldiers, and the generalship of Ulysses S. Grant. In addition to touring the Gettysburg battlefield, participants will have the opportunity to visit a variety of other nearby battlefields and historic sites on tours that will explore photography at Antietam, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, Second Manassas, and more.  New additions to the 2018 conference include special Saturday evening tours of the Gettysburg battlefield, “lunch-in” discussions with CWI faculty, and faculty-led discussions about Civil War movies.  The 2018 conference will offer something for everyone, from longtime students of the Civil War to those who are new to Civil War history.

 Questions? Check out our FAQ page. Still have questions? Please contact Ashley Luskey at or 717-337-6592.


Speaker Highlights

  • Kent Masterson Brown, “Meade at Gettysburg”
  • Susannah Ural (University of Southern Mississippi), “Hood’s Boys: The Texas Brigade and the American Civil War”
  • Wilson Greene, “The Battle of the Crater”
  • Jonathan Lande (Brown University), “USCT Desertion”
  • Elizabeth Varon (University of Virginia), “Union Spy: Elizabeth Van Lew”
  • Deirdre Cooper Owens (Queens Colllege—City University of New York), “Slave Medicine”
  • James Robertson (Virginia Tech) and Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College), “A Conversation With James Robertson”


Tour Highlights

  • Photography at Antietam (Garry Adelman)
  • In the Footsteps of John Brown (Dennis Frye)
  • 2nd Manassas (John Hennessy & Brooks Simpson)
  • Meade at Gettysburg (Kent Masterson Brown)
  • Hood’s Texas Brigade (Susannah Ural)


Roundtable Highlights

  • Prisoner of War Experiences
  • Was the Civil War a Just War?
  • Debating Ulysses S. Grant
  • Lee and his Lieutenants

Curious about what it's like to attend the Civil War Institute summer conference? Watch the video below to learn what sets the CWI apart, and what you can expect as an attendee:


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Gettysburg College

300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: (717) 337-6300