The Sarasota Civil War Symposium is widely considered to be the premier Civil War conference in the country - because of its stellar faculty, spirited attendees, comfortable ambiance and alluring location on the warm white sands of Lido Beach.

Since its inception in 1993, the symposium has enjoyed robust attendance and hatched many enduring friendships...

“And we saw Europe - the last opportunity - in its old guise . . . In 1914 it blew up, of course. The lights went out and it was never the same again." - George C. Marshall

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...

Once again, in late January, we will land on the warm white sands of Lido Beach with a combined task force of distinguished World War II historians and decorated World War II combat veterans - for the 2018 World War II Conference! And you should Join Us!

  • Hear leading historians' carefully crafted presentations...

156 years after the first great battle of the Civil War, we will assemble in Corinth. Mississippi for a comprehensive tour of the pristine battlefield of Shiloh - led by Timothy B. Smith, the leading tour guide of the Shiloh battlefield. And with the mild weather, the peach blossoms and the hearty Southern home-cooking – it won't get any better than this!

But it wasn’t a...

We enthusiastically announce our 2018 Gettysburg All-Star Conference & Tour, which promises to be OUR BEST YET! Designed for serious yet fun-loving students of the Gettysburg Campaign, our program will include an all-day Friday tour of Lee’s Retreat from Gettysburg, led by Gary Kross, a Saturday afternoon...

Our inaugural gathering at Spring Mill in August, 2017 was a resounding success. 97 men and women from 15 states attended and liked it so much that many of them have already enrolled for our 2018 gathering at which we expect an attendance of 125. We have again assembled an All-Star Faculty of Historians, presenting ten talks on various aspects of Civil War history and an Open...

“One campaign above all others electrified people North and South during the Civil War, and captured the imagination of the Western world. It continues to offer the same lure even today. Legends have grown around it. Even the great German combat leader Erwin Rommel is supposed—erroneously—to have studied it and learned from its lessons. The campaign, of course, was Stonewall...


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We are happy to announce Stonewall Jackson’s Complete, Comprehensive & Chronological 1862 Valley Campaign tour, October 12-17, led by Gary Ecelbarger – a masterpiece! We presented this tour twice before, to the highest raves from attendees – Dr. Dave Collins of Waynesboro, PA says, “This is the best Civil War tour I have ever taken.” The late John Maitland, of Poplar Grove, IL, acclaimed, “If you are interested in Jackson in the Valley, this tour, bar none, is the best.”

Read over the tour description here – and if you decide to enroll, send in a $100 deposit per person – the balance will be due on or before September 15, 2018. Again, please read over the tour description, and decide today to treat yourself to this wonderful adventure of discovery, in autumn in October, in the storied and beautiful Shenandoah Valley!

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April's SHILOH TOUR, led by Tim Smith, is Set & Ready to go.

One of our most popular tours & attendance is limited, so ENROLL NOW!

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The William Woods Hassler Award

  • Honoring individuals who make especially meritorious contributions to the field of Civil War education.

The Benjamin and Louise Moore Award

  • Awarded to honor those who have made contributions of exceptional service to our organization.

The Donald A. Weiland Spirit of Gettysburg Award

  • Presented periodically to an individual or individuals for exceptional contributions of goodwill and support during CWEA Gettysburg tours.