2021 Civil War Institute Summer Conference

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2022 Conference

Join us, June 10-15, 2022, for an exciting lineup of CWI speakers! We are excited to feature leading Civil War scholars, Gary Gallagher, Joan Waugh, Jeffry Wert, Carol Reardon, Carrie Janney, Brooks Simpson, Scott Hartwig, and more within our line-up of over 35 distinguished speakers and tour guides.

For over 35 years, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted a premiere annual summer conference bringing leading historians and public audiences together for lectures, battlefield tours, small group discussions, and roundtable conversations about the Civil War era. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the 200-acre college campus.

The 2022 CWI Conference will feature a wide range of topics, including Civil War battlefield & camp archaeology, the demobilization of Lee’s army, the memorialization of the Gettysburg centennial, U.S. Grant, race, and racial violence during Reconstruction, treasures from the Library of Congress and National Archives, a re-assessment of the 20th Maine and Little Round Top, slavery, war, and the transformation of medicine, Francis Barlow’s Civil War, and more.

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 2nd Fredericksburg, South Mountain, North Anna, Spotsylvania, Bristoe Station, the 1864 Maryland Campaign battlefields, and more. Participants who may prefer a shorter, more physically active conference experience can also choose to sign up for our new “active track” package, featuring a combination of Friday and Saturday morning lectures and a day and a half of walking-intensive tours of the Gettysburg battlefield on Saturday and Sunday with historian Timothy Orr, exploring sharpshooting at Gettysburg.

This conference will also continue the recently added Saturday evening tours of the Gettysburg battlefield, half-day Tuesday tours following select regiments “from battlefield to field hospital,” as well as both “lunch-in” and “dine-in” discussions with CWI faculty.

The 2022 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 Heather Miller at hmiller@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6590.

Please note: Attendees will be asked to indicate all tour and dine-in preferences during the registration process. Please peruse our tour and dine-in pages for further information about each option prior to registering.

Please also note: We will be sending out multiple mass communications to registrants in advance of the conference with important logistical information and final details. PLEASE add civilwar@gettysburg.edu to your email address books and be sure to check your spam and junk folders on a regular basis to make sure you haven’t missed a communication!

Speaker Highlights

  • “Union War Aims, Postwar Realities, and the Myth of a Lost Moment during Reconstruction,” Gary Gallagher (University of Virginia)
  • “U.S. Grant, Race, and the Formation of Military and Political Policy,” Brooks Simpson (Arizona State University)

  • “Francis Barlow’s Civil War,” Joan Waugh (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • “The Demobilization of Lee’s Army,” Caroline Janney (University of Virginia)
  • “Racial Violence During Reconstruction,” William Blair (Penn State University)
  • “Battlefield Archaeology at Manassas,” Brandon Bies (Manassas National Battlefield)
  • “The 6th Wisconsin at Gettysburg,” Jim Marten (Marquette University)

Tour Highlights

  • “2nd Fredericksburg,” Eric Mink (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park) & Keith Bohannon (University of West Georgia)
  • “The Evolution of the Charge in the Civil War: Bristoe Station, Marye’s Heights, and the Mule Shoe,” Jennifer Murray (Oklahoma State University)
  • “South Mountain,” Scott Hartwig (Independent Scholar)
  • “Confederate Desperation: The 1864 Maryland Campaign and the Last Invasion of the North,” Dennis Frye (Independent Scholar)
  • “The North Anna Battlefield and the Overland Campaign,” Robert E.L. Krick (Richmond National Battlefield Park)
  • New! Special Saturday evening battlefield tour with Dr. Carmichael for youth attendees and their families

This year, we are also pleased to offer to our youth attendees (under the age of 18) and their families a special evening tour led by Dr. Peter Carmichael on Saturday, June 11th! Dr. Carmichael will lead a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield focusing on the letters of soldiers who fought here and discussing how they expressed their varied experiences of battle through writing. The tour will make several stops along the battlefield and will feature several group discussions of soldiers’ letters. This special tour will offer our youngest attendees a forum to learn, ask questions, and talk about the battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War with Dr. Carmichael and other young people in a more smaller and more intimate forum, as well as to explore first-hand the actual battlefield sites discussed in the soldiers’ writings.

Roundtable and Debate Highlights

  • “Voices From the Union Army”
  • “Debating James Longstreet”
  • “The Archaeology of Camp Life”
  • “Buying and Selling the Civil War”

Tuition

Full time (June 10-15, 2022)

  • Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Lodging (Single Bedroom, Shared Suite): $1,025
  • Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Lodging (Shared Bedroom, Suite-Style Residence Hall): $922.00
  • Tuition with Meal Plan: $783.00
  • Tuition Only: $643.00

Part time (June 10-13, 2022)

  • Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Lodging (Single Bedroom, Suite-Style Residence Hall): $678.00
  • Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Lodging (Shared Bedroom, Suite-Style Residence Hall): $618.00
  • Tuition with Meal Plan: $463.00
  • Tuition Only: $391.00

New family lodging options

Full Time

Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Family Lodging Suite (3-5 individuals, Single Bedroom, Shared Bathroom): $1,985

Part Time

Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Family Lodging Suite (3-5 individuals, Single Bedroom, Shared Bathroom): $1,385

New “Active Track” Package (June 10-13, 2022)

Friday and Saturday morning lectures, plus walking-intensive tours of the Gettysburg battlefield both Saturday afternoon and evening and all day Sunday.

  • Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Lodging (Single Bedroom, Shared Suite): $728.00
  • Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Lodging (Shared Bedroom, Suite-Style Residence Hall: $668.00
  • Tuition with Meal Plan: $513.00
  • Tuition Only: $441.00
  • Tuition, Meal Plan, & On-Campus Family Lodging Suite (3-5 individuals, Single Bedroom, Shared Bathroom): $1,435.00

Discounts

Discounts are available for K-12 teachers, students age 18+, public historians, veterans/active duty members of the US Armed Forces, and Gettysburg College alumni. All individuals under 18 years of age qualify for half-price tuition. (Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please see registration page for more details about this package).

We are also pleased to offer discounts to members of numerous partnering institutions, including Civil War Round Tables, local museums, historical societies, and Civil War periodicals.

If you think you may qualify for any of the above discounts, please contact the CWI office at 717-337-6590 or civilwar@gettysburg.edu for the appropriate discount code. Discount codes may change yearly, so please be sure to call for the most up-to-date codes!

What it’s like to attend

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:

Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College

See what you can expect as an attendee!
A large group of people walking accross the field