The Civil 
War Institute

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Gettysburg, PA 17325
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2014 Summer Conference - The War in 1864

The Civil War in 1864

Every summer for the last thirty years, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted a summer conference where public audiences and leading historians come together for small group discussions, battlefield tours, panel debates, and presentations. Sessions, lodging, and meals are held on the 200-acre college campus. 

In keeping with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, in 2014 we will be exploring the war in 1864.  Some of the topics will include: 

  • Robert E. Lee's Search for a Battle of Annihilation
  • The Battle of Cedar Creek
  • Guerrilla Warfare
  • U.S. Grant in the Virginia Campaign
  • The Atlanta Campaign
  • The Battle of the Crater


The CWI conference is noted for offering fresh perspectives and new angles on the Civil War as part of an exciting and engaging dialogue between experts and general audiences. Experts for our 2014 conference include:

  • Gordon Rhea
  • Caroline Janney
  • Barton Myers
  • Ari Kelman
  • Brooks Simpson
  • Anne Sarah Rubin
  • John Hennessy
  • Susannah Ural and many others!


Registration is now open for the 2014 conference. Attendees may choose to attend full-time or part- time:

  • Full-time attendees participate in lectures (Friday-Sunday) and tours (Monday and Tuesday).
  • Part-time attendees attend the lecture portion of the conference only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Battlefield tours and lodging are not available for part-time attendees.

You may register online or by printing and mailing a registration form with a check or credit card information enclosed. There is a $100.00 non-refundable deposit required upon registration, and you will be invoiced for the remaining balance.

2014 Civil War Institute Registration Form (PDF)

2014 Civil War Institute Online Registration Form

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, PA 17325
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