ROBERT E. LEE - no general in American history has attracted so much attention and adoration. Dwight D. Eisenhower described him as a man "unsullied as I read the pages of our history." Winston Churchill said Lee was "one of the noblest Americans who ever lived, and one of the greatest captains known to the annals of war."

On Thursday evening...

We thought about creating an event such as this for a long time – a corollary to our annual Sarasota, Florida symposium in January – a program in an appealing place at which folks could learn much about Civil War history from top authorities, while making friends, dining well, browsing books, and the like. Sarasota has the warm, white sands of Lido Beach in the throes of winter...

Following his crushing defeat of John Pope’s hapless Army of Virginia at the Battle of Second Bull Run, Robert E. Lee elected to take his Army of Northern Virginia northward across the Potomac River in an effort to bring the ravages of war to Northern territory. In early September 1862, the Confederates began their invasion of Maryland, opening it with a complex...

“The moment I saw the brilliant proud morning rise high over the desert of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul. New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I ever had. It certainly changed me forever.” – D. H. Lawrence

New Mexico is rightly named “The Land of Enchantment.”  The...

On New Year's Day of 1862, Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson ordered his force of about 9,000 Confederate soldiers to march northward from Winchester, Virginia toward the banks of the Potomac and ultimately Romney, the control of which was the object of the campaign. What followedwas a saga of drama, courage and sacrifice for both the Union and...

The 1864 Valley Campaign, one of the most compelling military episodes of the Civil War, pitted  General Jubal A. Early and his Confederate Army of the Valley against Philip H. Sheridan’s Army of the Shenandoah in a series of maneuvers and battles that offered graphic counterpoint to the static siege of Petersburg. At stake was control of the Shenandoah Valley, a source of vital...

On July 2, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his famed 2,500-man cavalry division embarked on an audacious three-week Special Operations mission through Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio to divert Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Ohio away from East Tennessee. Known as the Great Raid, or the Indiana-Ohio Raid, Morgan’s operation...

In August 1864, artist James E. Taylor was sent by Leslie’s Illustrated Magazine to follow and record the fortunes of Union General Philip Sheridan’s army in the Shenandoah Valley. His sketches appeared in that publication but then languished for decades at Ohio's Western Reserve Historical Society. In 1989, Bob Younger and his Morningside Press collected these...

It was the greatest battle of the war, and a turning point in the fortunes of the armies that fought it.  From the first crack of a trooper’s carbine in the gray dawn of July 1, 1863, to the weary popping of picket fire in the red glow of sunset two days later, the Battle of Gettysburg was an American epic that has retained a firm grip on the public imagination for more than 150...

Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln assembled his civil and military leaders to discuss strategy for opening the Mississippi River and for ending what he termed a “rebellion” in the Southern states. “See what a lot of land these fellows hold,” he said, “of which Vicksburg is the key. Let us get Vicksburg and all...

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    On Saturday evening, June 10, during the CWEA’s annual Gettysburg All-Star tour, Gregory...

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      We salute Frank and Virginia Williams, active in the CWEA for many years, for...

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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.