As July of 1864 faded into history, Confederate Gen Jubal Early's campaign in the Shenandoah Valley had reached its pinnacle. Early had marched to the gates of Washington and won a resounding battlefield victory at Monocacy, and then headed northwest and burned Chambersburg, PA. Early's operations forced U. S. Grant to detach 30,000 troops from his operations at Petersburg to deal with...

The early days of sectional conflict in the northern areas of the Shenandoah Valley present a compelling scenario of cause and effect not readily identifiable in the days of full-blown Civil warfare that followed. And they brought plenty of drama too. After a Friday evening dinner and two short introductory talks - by Brandon Beck and Stephen Lee...

As the Third Day of the Battle of Gettysburg dawned, Robert E. Lee’s plan was for James Longstreet’s First Corps, reinforced by the fresh infantry division of George Pickett, to assault the Union left, while Richard Ewell’s Second Corps assailed the Federal right flank at Culp’s Hill. J. E. B. Stuart’s cavalry would support the infantry effort by...

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...

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...

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  ...

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

  • (9/17) 2014 CALENDAR UPDATE: Early War in Shen Valley tour is filling fast; ditto for 3rd Day of Gettysburg; plenty of space for 3rd Winchester; ditto for Columbia, Spring Hill & Franklin - 2 spots now open for Vicksburg due to cancellations.

    September 26-27...

  • (9/17) The Sarasota Civil War Symposium and World War I & World War II conferences are ready for enrollment. Registrations are now coming in fast. Act soon to secure a place. Reservations at the hotel will be good to go in a few more days. Stay tuned.

    CLICK HERE for 23rd Annual Sarasota Civil War Symposium...

  • (9/17) Our 2015 Events Schedule is posted below - and our EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OFFER (20% off for most 2015 programs) is winding down. The Number of Discounted Places Remaining is shown in each EVENT post. ENROLL NOW AND SAVE!

    Basic Calender and Registration form can be downloaded for printing HERE....

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