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...

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2018 Tour Schedule & Early Bird Discounts are HERE!

Just Click on the birdie to see our 2018 Tour & Conference Schedule and SAVE 20% on events (except the Sarasota Conferences) if you sign up NOW.

Early Bird Offer Ends at Midnight, November 30.  ENROLL NOW!

History in the News

ONLY 7 MORE DAYS - EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OFFER ENDS AT CLOSE OF 11/30/17.

(HAPPY THANKSGIVING!) ALL 2018 PROGRAMS, except the Sarasota conferences, are available at the 20% OFF EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT through the close of 11/30/17. And NEW ORLEANS TOUR HAS BEEN ADDED. See revised 2018 Calendar (and discounts) HERE - and 2018 Early Bird Enrollment Form HERE.

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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What's New

  • EXTRA! We've Added NEW ORLEANS to our 2018 TOUR SCHEDULE!

    Once again, we invite you to join us in New Orleans. Our program leaders, both of...

  • IN MEMORIAM – HENRY P. TRAWICK, JR.

    One of the CWEA’s most prominent and beloved...

  • VICKSBURG: After-Action Report

    We closed out our 2017 season with a Bang – with The Vicksburg Campaign: A Field &...

  • INAUGURAL SPRING MILL INDIANA CIVIL WAR SYMPOSIUM was TERRIFIC! THANKS, ALL!

    97 enthusiastic men and women from 15 states gathered at the rustic Spring Mill Lodge at the Spring Mill State...

  • AFTER-ACTION TOUR REPORT: PEACH TREE CREEK & EZRA CHURCH

    History Background: As part of Sherman's Campaign to capture Atlanta, in...

Awards

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.