1st Annual Spring Mill Indiana Civil War Symposium - Thursday, August 17 (7:00 PM) through Saturday, August 19 (8:00 PM) - HURRY TO BOOK LODGING!!

  • Activity Level: Easy

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 – and now, at Spring Mill, we have shade trees, nature trails and gurgling brooks in the middle of summer.

It took awhile to find the right venue – some resorts were too expensive; others were too rigorous (bring your own sheets and pillows, etc.). And then one day, Steve Ritchie said, “Why don’t we hold it at Spring Mill in Indiana? I’ve stayed there many times and it’s great! And that’s the story.

Positioned smack dab in the Midwest, our base at the Spring Mill Inn is an easy drive for so many who live in the heartland. It is reasonably accessible from three airports: 68 miles from Louisville; 81 miles from Indianapolis; and 124 miles from Cincinnati. The historic 73 room Inn features a warm and cozy country decor, with fully modern accommodations including an indoor/outdoor pool, and has full service dining. The nightly room rate for our attendees is great: $80.99 + tax.


The food is hearty – our buffet-style group lunches and Friday dinner will feature such entrees as roast beef, fried chicken, baked fish and eggplant parmesan, with sides and salads, and desserts like cherry cobbler and persimmon pudding (which Steve tells us is delicious?!). Our Saturday night dinner will be an old-fashioned cookout.

On the grounds you can visit the Limestone Grist Mill at the restored Pioneer Village, dating back to the early 1800's and the Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom Memorial which honors America's second man in space. The resort is a haven for lazy summer repose, while offering plenty of opportunities for recreation – nature hikes, cave tours, mountain biking and the like.

We have assembled an All-Star Faculty of Presenters – and they are as excited as we are about this event and its long-term prospects for success. Our 2017 program, at which we expect to host 90-100 of you, will consist of eleven talks on various aspects of Civil War history plus an informative review of Civil War books. Read the Schedule page on this post to learn about the intriguing talk titles of our various presenters.

We hope you’ll join us in launching the Spring Mill Civil War Symposium - in the same year that we celebrate 25 years at Sarasota. We think that Spring Mill will enjoy a long run too, and be a good thing for many folks for years to come!


Stephen Lee Ritchie

Steve Ritchie is a veteran tour lead of Civil War tours in the Shenandoah Valley and is widely regarded as the leading authority on Turner Ashby. He is the co-director and co-founder of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Institute of the CWEA, and the vice-president and co-founder of the Robert E Lee Fellowship.

Thomas Y. Cartwright

Thomas Y. Cartwright, a leading authority on the Battle of Franklin, is the director of tours for the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, Tennessee. He is well-known for his television appearances on A & E, Civil War Journal, and the Discovery Channel.

Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis is the author of more than a hundred articles in such scholarly and popular publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and the Georgia Historical Quarterly, and writes a regular column, “Critic’s Corner,” on Civil War bibliography, for Civil War News.

David L. Mowery

David Mowery is a native resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, In 2001, he joined the  Ohio Civil War Trail Commission  and his role has included developing the final design for, and the historical validation of, the entire length of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail of Ohio. He is the co-author (with Lora Cahill) of Morgan’s Raid Across Ohio: The Civil War Guidebook of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, all proceeds from which go to the Ohio Historical Society for the maintenance of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in Ohio.

Michael B. Murphy

Michael B. Murphy is a senior vice president at Hirons and Company, an Indianapolis advertising and public relations firm. He served as an Indiana state representative for 16 years and is a member of the Indiana Historical Society Board of Trustees. He is the author of The Kimberlins Go to War: A Union Family in Copperhead Country.

Dale K. Phillips

DALE K. PHILLIPS is Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site (NPS) in Springfield, Illinois. Previously he served as Superintendent at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (NPS) in Vincennes, Indiana. He is a veteran tour leader and speaker on Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 themes.

James I. "Bud" Robertson

Bud Robertson recently retired as Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of many books including Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend; General A. P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior; and Robert E. Lee: Virginian Soldier, American Citizen.


Darryl Smith

DARRYL SMITH is the founder and director of Walking With History LLC which sponsors tours of Perryville, Cynthiana and other battlefields and history sites in the Kentucky/Ohio areas. He is the organizer of the Miami Rivers Chapter of the Buckeye Trail Association, serves as the Activities Chair for the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table, and the Communication Coordinator for the Military Heritage Chapter of the League of World War One Aviation Historians

Craig L. Symonds

Craig Symonds is professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught naval and Civil War history for 30 years. He serves on the board of Directors of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and is the author of many books including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History; Lincoln and His Admirals;The Battle of Midway; and Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings.

Jeffry D. Wert

Jeff Wert is the author of many books including Brotherhood of Valor: The Common Soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, CSA and the Iron Brigade, USA; Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart; The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac; and the soon to be released A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863.

Brian Steel Wills

Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War including The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow; A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest; The War in Southeastern Virginia and George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel.

Registration Fee - $395

 includes Thursday PM reception, Friday & Saturday lunches,

Friday dinner and Saturday PM cookout.


Please pay online with your credit card via AHF's PAYPAL account for fast & secure registration.

(You need not have a PAYPAL account to do so.)

Or CALL 800-298-1861 to complete your credit card registration; Or download and complete the registration form on the Printable document found on the "Overview" page, & & FAX to 800-550-1347

or MAIL with payment to:


Box 78, Winchester, VA 22604


We will be based at the Spring Mill Inn, 3333 State Road 60-E, Mitchell, IN 47446 where we have reserved rooms at the discounted nightly rates of $80.99 + tax – Single or Double. Call 812-849-4508 and identify yourself as a registrant for the CWEA conference.



Thursday, August 17

7:00 PM-Sat 4:00 PM             Civil War Book Display and Sale - Owens & Ramsey Booksellers,

                                            and the Indiana Historical Society 

7:00 PM-9:00 PM                   Welcome Reception

Friday, August 18

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM                 Welcome, Program Overview and Meet our Faculty and Book Vendors

9:00 AM-10:00 AM                  Lincoln and His Admirals Craig L. Symonds

10:15 AM-11:15 AM                The Battles of Cynthiana, 1862 & 1864 – Darryl Smith     

11:30 AM-12:30 PM                Lee and Longstreet and the Gettysburg Controversy Jeffry D. Wert

12:30 PM- 1:30 PM                 Buffet Lunch

1:30 PM-2:30 PM                   The Northwest Conspiracy, Copperheads and Southern Indiana

                                          in the Civil War - Michael B. Murphy

2:45 PM- 3:45 PM                  Neither Great Nor Genius: General John Bell Hood in 1864

                                          - Stephen Davis

3:45 PM                               Free Time to Walk the Grounds, Visit the Mill, Cave Rides, etc.

6:00 PM                               Cash Bar

6:30 PM                               Buffet Dinner

7:30 PM                               At What Point Did the South Lose the War? – James I. “Bud” Robertson

Saturday, August 19

8:30 AM-9:30 AM                  The Capture of New Orleans in 1862 Dale K. Phillips

9:45 AM-10:45 AM                The Christian Faith of Lee and Jackson - Stephen Lee Ritchie

11:00 AM-12:00 N                 The Rock Fails to Roll: George Thomas and Kennesaw Mountain

                                          Brian S. Wills

12:00 N-1:00 PM                   Buffet Lunch

1:15 PM-2:15 PM                   John Hunt Morgan's Great Raid: Best Stories of Soldiers and Civilians

                                          David L. Mowery

2:30 PM-3:30 PM                   Patrick Cleburne and His Gallant Division Thomas Y. Cartwright

5:00 PM-8:00 PM                   Cash Bar and Dinner Cookout

Spring Mill

We will be based at the Spring Mill Inn, 3333 State Road 60-E, Mitchell, IN 47446 where we have reserved rooms at the discounted nightly rates of $80.99 + tax – Single or Double. Call 812-849-4508 and identify yourself as a registrant for the CWEA conference.


Spring Mill Inn
3333 State Road 60-E
Mitchell, IN
United States