2019 Civil War Institute Summer Conference

June 14-19, 2019

Register for CWI 2019

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 2019 CWI Conference will feature a wide range of topics, including the 1864 Atlanta campaign, the political crisis of the 1850s, Civil War artifacts, Nat Turner’s Rebellion, the combat experience of Civil War soldiers, and more. Join us for a blockbuster year of CWI speakers! We are thrilled to feature eminent Civil War scholars, Gary W. Gallagher, Ed Ayers, Carol Reardon, and Peter S. Carmichael within our line-up of over 35 distinguished speakers and tour guides.

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 Antietam, northern Virginia’s Mosby country, Stonewall Jackson’s leadership at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and more. This conference will continue the recently added Saturday evening tours of the Gettysburg battlefield and town, as well as both “lunch-in” and “dine-in” discussions with CWI faculty.

This year, we are pleased to offer a special evening tour on Saturday, June 15th for our youth attendees under the age of 18 and their families! Dr. Peter 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 smaller and more intimate forum, as well as to explore first-hand the actual battlefield sites discussed in the soldiers’ writings.

The 2019 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 the CWI office at 717-337-6590.

Speaker Highlights

  • Gary Gallagher, “Edward Porter Alexander”
  • Ed Ayers (University of Richmond), “The Thin Line of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America”
  • Earl Hess (Lincoln Memorial University), “Tactics, Terrain, and Trenches in the Atlanta Campaign”
  • Amy Murrell Taylor (University of Kentucky), “Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War’s Refugee Camps”
  • Patrick Breen (Providence College), “Nat Turner’s Rebellion”
  • Peter Carmichael (Gettysburg College), "The Combat Experience of Civil War Soldiers"

Tour Highlights

  •  “Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville,” with Greg Mertz
  • “Mosby’s Confederacy, Part II,” with Dennis Frye
  • “Treasures of the National Civil War Museum: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour,” with Wayne Motts
  • “Voices of Antietam,” with Peter Carmichael, Keith Bohannon, and Jim Broomall
  • “Staff Ride: Gettysburg,” with Carol Reardon
  • Youth Tour & Group Discussion: "Soldiers’ Letters and the Battlefield," with Peter Carmichael

Roundtable Highlights

  • “The Political Crisis of the 1850s”
  • “Artifacts of the Civil War”
  • “Internationalizing the Civil War”
  • “Civil War Places: Historians Reflect on Where They Visit and What They See”

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Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College

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