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...

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  ...

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

  • NEW COMMENTARY from JERRY DESKO

    A Day at the Beach: A reflection of a visit to Normandy.

  • 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...

  • Registrants for our January Sarasota meetings can now reserve rooms at the Sandcastle Resort.

    Call 800-225-2181 - identify as attending the CIVIL WAR CONFERENCE and/or the WORLD WAR CONFERENCES. $129, $159 and $179 are our room...

  • 2014 Program UPDATES:

    Early War in Shenandoah Valley tour is filling fast; ditto for ...

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