The 2nd Annual Spring Mill Indiana Civil War Symposium - August 16-18 - HERE IT IS: A SUPER CONFERENCE SMACK-DAB IN THE MIDWEST! HURRY to ENROLL - FILLING FAST

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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 talks on various intriguing aspects of Civil War history

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 accessible from three airports: 68 miles from Louisville; 81 miles from Indianapolis; and 124 miles from Cincinnati. The historic 73 room Inn features warm and cozy country decor, with fully modern accommodations including an indoor/outdoor pool, and full service dining. The nightly room rate for our attendees is terrific: $80.99 + tax.

The food is hearty – 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. 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, with plenty of opportunities for recreation – nature hikes, cave tours, mountain biking and the like.

So now it is time to enroll for this wonderful adventure in Civil War history at the quaint and comfortable Spring Mill Inn amid the cool, shady forest of Spring Mill State Historic Park. Space is limited. HURRY & ENROLL – and BOOK ROOMS - and Don’t Miss This One!


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.

Bruce Allardice

BRUCE ALLARDICE is professor of history at South Suburban College (Illinois), and the author or co-author of six books, including Two Years Before the Paddlewheel: Charles F. Gunther, Mississippi River ConfederateMore Generals in Gray; Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register and Kentuckians in Gray.

Kent Masterson Brown

KENT MASTERSON BROWN is an attorney based in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of many books including Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander; The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State; Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign; One of Morgan’s Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry, and the soon to be released General George Gordon Meade and the Gettysburg Campaign.

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.

Gary Ecelbarger

Gary Ecelbarger is a leading authority of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. He has written or co-written eight books, including We Are In For It!: The First Battle of Kernstown; Three Days in the Shenandoah: Stonewall Jackson at Front Royal & Winchester; & The Day Dixie Died,  along with biographies of Civil War generals “Black Jack” Logan & Frederick W. Lander.

A. James Fuller

A JAMES FULLER is associate professor of history at the University of Indianapolis. He is the author of many books including Chaplain to the Confederacy: Basil Manly and Baptist Life in the Old South, 1798- 1868; America, War and Power: Defining the State, 1775-2005, most recently Oliver P.

Leslie Goddard

LESLIE GODDARD, based in Chicago, Illinois, is one of America’s leading portrayal artists of notable historic women, including Louisa May Alcott, Amelia Earhart and Clara Barton.

Scott C. Patchan

Scott Patchan is widely regarded as the leading authority and tour guide of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He is the author of Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign; Second Manassas: Longstreet's Attack and the Struggle for Chinn RidgeThe Battle of Piedmont and Hunter’s Campaign for Staunton; The Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont; and most recently, The Last Battle of Winchester: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7 - September 19, 1864.

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.

Marc Ramsey

MARC RAMSEY, along with wife Jill, is the proprietor of Ramsey and Owens Historical Booksellers based in the Richmond, Virginia area. He is an expert book appraiser, and the author of many articles on books and The Seventh South Carolina Cavalry: To the Defense of Richmond.

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 (Lodging Not Included) - $395

If You Must Cancel we will refund 100% of your fees paid or transfer them to another program, as you wish.

What is included in your registration:

includes Thursday PM reception, Friday and Saturday lunches, Friday dinner, Saturday PM cookout.

WE'RE SWITCHING CREDIT CARD SOFTWARE so online registration is currently unavailable

FOR NOW, CALL 800-298-1861 to complete your credit card registration; or SEND CHECK to:


Box 78, Winchester, VA 22604


Thursday, August 16

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Welcome Reception – Cash Bar - Civil War Book Display & Sale – Owens & Ramsey Historical Booksellers

Friday, August 17

8:30 AM-9:30 AM

The Rail-Splitter and the Wigwam – The Nomination of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 – Gary Ecelbarger

9:45 AM-10:45 AM

The Battles of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson: The Rest of the Vicksburg Story Dale K. Phillips

11:00 AM-12:00 N    Stonewall Jackson & Turner Ashby: Partners in CommandStephen Lee Ritchie

12:00 N - 1:00 PM     Buffet Lunch in Main Dining Room

1:15 PM-2:15 PM      Obnoxious to a Free People: Conscription and the Civil WarBruce Allardice

2:30 PM- 3:30 PM

What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta Stephen Davis

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM      Civil War Books: What’s Hot; What’s NotMarc Ramsey

6:00 PM                     Cash Bar

6:45 PM                     Buffet Dinner – in Conference Meeting Room

7:45 PM – 8:30 PM     Presentation of the 13th William Woods Hassler Awardto Brian Steel Wills

Saturday, August 18

8:30 AM-9:30 AM       Lee’s Retreat from GettysburgKent Masterson Brown

9:45 AM-10:45 AM     Philip Sheridan: Viking SoulScott C. Patchan

11:00 AM-12:00 N     Oliver P. Morton and the Civil War in Indiana - A. James Fuller

12:00 N-1:00 PM       Buffet Lunch in Main Dining Room

1:15 PM-2:15 PM       Gone with the Glory: History and Hollywood Brian Steel Wills

2:30 PM-3:30 PM      Clara Barton: Civil War NurseLeslie Goddard

5:00 PM                   Cash Bar and Dinner Cookout Begin – in Conference Meeting Room

– Room Open until 8:00 PM for Socializing and Book Perusal

We reserve the right to change the order and topics of presentations, and to substitute faculty members as circumstances may dictate.

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