After abandoning Atlanta on September 1, 1864, John Bell Hood and his Army of Tennessee, reduced to about 35,000 men, launched a bold plan to lure the Federal forces led by William T. Sherman away from Atlanta. Thus began a series of fateful steps that would lead to the destruction of the proud Army of Tennessee. The plan was to dash across Alabama into Tennessee, regain Nashville, and then...

Vicksburg is Sold Out - Back-up reservations are being accepted in case of cancellations.

Please Call 800-298-1861 to be placed on the waiting list.

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln assembled his civil and military leaders to discuss strategy for opening the...

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.



History in the News

IN MEMORIAM - Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps

Colonel Joseph Hammond “Joe” Alexander, combat veteran, noted military historian, celebrated author of award-winning books, monographs and articles, host or principal guest commentator on over 20 documentaries aired on the History Channel and the Arts and Entertainment Network passed away in Asheville, North Carolina's John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center on September 28, 2014. He was 76.

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.

  • (OCTOBER 21) SEE OUR COMPLETE 2015 EVENTS SCHEDULE BELOW. Our EARLY BIRD 20% DISCOUNT OFFER is still available for most 2015 programs

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


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


  • WE REACHED 500! - Gettysburg: Day Three, A Walking Tour, October 17-18, was our 500th program.

    One participant, John Welsh, also attended our first program, in April, 1992, at Shiloh. THANKS to ALL of YOU for bringing us this far!

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