The Sarasota Civil War Symposium, since its inception in 1993, has enjoyed robust attendance and hatched many enduring friendships. And our 2015 edition promises to be our best yet.

Our superb group of presenters, each of whom will deliver a carefully crafted presentation on an intriguing topic of the Civil War, is a mix of perennial stalwarts: William C....

What was once called The Great War has largely been overlooked, obscured by the vivid moral clarities of the greater war that followed. World War I was a bloody preview of World War II - machine guns, air and submarine warfare, poison gas - these were technologies that applied the tools of mass production to human slaughter. Killing became impersonal, mechanical and vast....

With gratitude to all who serve and have served in the United States military, especially in 1941-1945, we continue our acclaimed annual series of World War II conferences – to better understand and further appreciate the epic struggle of the 20th century.

Our 2015 conference in Sarasota will feature perhaps our most impressive group of World War II  ...

On New Year's Day of 1862, Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson ordered his independent division of 10,000 soldiers to march northward from their winter base at Winchester, Virginia toward the Potomac River. On the morning of March 24, 1862, Jackson and his army--reduced to 2,800 soldiers--solemnly trudged southward from Frederick County, Virginia. What happened...

A Field & Walking Tour of Columbus, GA, the Civil War Naval Museum, antebellum Eufaula, Alabama -  plus the Infantry Museum at Fort Benning.

Full Tour Description and Information will be made available shortly.



After marching north through the Shenandoah Valley from Lynchburg, the Confederate army of Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early side-stepped the Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry and crossed the Potomac River at Shepherdstown into Maryland on July 5-6, 1864. In reaction to Early’s movements, Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S Grant dispatched about 5,000 men of the VI Corps on July 6th 1864...

History in the News

New York Times Best-selling Author Karen Abbott to Speak at the 23rd Annual Sarasota Civil War Symposium

Karen Abbott will make a presentation in Sarasota on Thursday evening, January 22 on Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, the topic of her new book.

MITCH YOCKELSON to Join the Faculty for the SARASOTA WORLD WAR I and WORLD WAR II Conferences.

Author/historian Mitch Yockelson, well-known to many of you from his appearances on 60 Minutes, PBS, the History Channel and the Pentagon Channel, will be a speaker at our World War conferences in January in Sarasota, Florida.

Rob Dalessandro Becomes Deputy Secretary for Headquarters Operations at American Battle Monuments Commission.

Col. Robert J. Dalessandro (Ret.) serves as the Head Faculty Member of our Sarasota World War I and World War II conferences.

Read the full story HERE .

What's New


    A Day at the Beach: A reflection of a visit to Normandy.

  • (November 12) SEE OUR COMPLETE 2015 EVENTS SCHEDULE BELOW. We have a few EARLY BIRD spots left at a 20% DISCOUNT. Enroll Now and SAVE!

    Detailed descriptions for each program are now posted on our "EVENTS" page and the number of Discounted Places remaining is...

  • (November 12) The SARASOTA CIVIL WAR, WORLD WAR I and WORLD WAR II conferences are filling up fast. PLAN NOW TO ATTEND - and ENROLL SOON.

    Never have we had such STAR-STUDDED FACULTIES for each of these meetings. Space and Hotel Rooms are limited, so early enrollment is advised.


  • (November 12) We have two new organizations within the CWEA/American History Forum: the SHENANDOAH VALLEY CIVIL WAR INSTITUTE, and the ROBERT E. LEE FELLOWSHIP. Details to follow next week.

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