Wayne Motts leading a tour of the Union Repulse of Pickett's Charge.

Sept. 21-24: Lincoln at Antietam

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An in-depth look at the four days in October when Lincoln visited Antietam in 1862. Learn from the experts with John Schildt, Tom Clemens, Carol Reardon, Dennis Frye, Dr. Edward Steers, Daniel Toomey, and others. Conference held Sept. 21-24 based in Chambersburg, Pa.

Thursday, Sept 21

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. “The Bloodiest Day: Antietam” bus & walking tour led by Tom Clemens

  • Bus leaves from Hampton Inn
  • Lunch included at Historic Sharpsburg Reformed Church

Bus Tour Description:

Join one of the leading scholars of the Maryland Campaign and Battle of Antietam for an in-depth tour of one of   America’s best preserved battlefields.

Sites to visit:

  • Miller’s Cornfield
  • East Woods (view new property acquisitions including removal of buildings on the historic field)
  • West Woods
  • Dunker Church
  • Bloody Lane
  • Burnside Bridge and more!

7pm Evening Session: Antietam: The Aftermath talk by Ted Alexander

Examining the battle’s impact on the civilian population, medical care, ecology and more.

Friday, Sept 22

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Sessions at Hampton Inn

  • Sessions in North/South Room
  • Buffet Lunch at Hampton Inn
  • Dinner on your own

Topics to discuss include:

  • “Genius or Intellect? Debating the Qualifications for Generals during the Civil War” - Carol Reardon

Lincoln faced many challenges in selecting generals during the war. Our speaker provides an examination of the military theory of the era and the debate over what constituted a military “professional.”

  • “John Work Garrett and Mr. Lincoln’s Railroad”  -    Daniel Toomey

One of the men seen in the photos of Lincoln’s visit to Antietam is John Work Garrett President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He and the president were close friends throughout the war.

  • “Lincoln Meets his Wounded Field Commanders after Antietam” - Dr. Gordon Dammann

Lincoln made a special effort to visit two field commanders wounded during battle including Gen. Israel Richardson and Gen. George Hartstuff. This lecture will examine the reason for the presidential visit.

12:30 -1:30 p.m. Lunch at Hampton Inn

1:30 p.m. Presentation by Janet Pollard of Franklin County Visitors Bureau

2 – 6 p.m. Sessions Cont.

  • “Lincoln Myths, Hoaxes, and Confabulations”

- Edward Steers

No other U.S. president has as many myths and legends surrounding his life as Lincoln. Find out more from our speaker; one of the nations leading Lincoln scholars.

  • Lincoln, Halleck, and McClellan: Confusion and Misinformation” – Tom Clemens

Contention within the Union high command was probably at its height during the Maryland Campaign of 1862.

  • “The Large Man in the Photo: Ward Hill Lamon”  - Bob O’Connor

Find out more about Ward Hill Lamon by a leading authority on “Lincoln’s Bodyguard.”

Dinner on your own

8 p.m. Evening Session

  • “The Grove Farm: Memories of Mt. Airy” -John Schildt

One of the most iconic homes at Antietam, this early 19th century structure is the scene of one of the most famous photos in U.S. history.

Saturday, Sept 23

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

8a.m. – 6 p.m. “Four Days in October: Lincoln’s Antietam Visit” bus & walking tour led by John Schildt

  • Bus leaves from Hampton Inn
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner on your own

Bus Tour Description:

Join us as we view sites of Lincoln’s Antietam visit in 1862.

Sites to visit:

  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station in Frederick where Lincoln boarded the train back to  Washington
  • Ramsey house in Frederick where Lincoln visited the wounded General Hartstuff
  • Harpers Ferry where the President reviewed the 2nd Corps.
  • Showman farm near Sharpsburg where Lincoln camped with General McClellan
  • Grove Farm where Lincoln and McClellan were photographed with other generals of the Army of the Potomac and more!

Sunday, Sept 24

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sessions at Hampton Inn

Topics to discuss include:

  • “Antietam and Emancipation”   -  Burrus Carnahan

In Lincoln’s first inaugural address he stated he had no constitutional power or inclination to disturb   slavery, yet 18 months later he did just that. How and why did this happen?

  • “Lincoln’s Civilian Generals” - Dr. Richard  Sommers

Gen. John McClernand accompanied Lincoln on his Antietam visit. We will examine his military career and others.

  • “McClellan’s Greatest Gift to Lincoln”  - Dennis Frye

It didn’t come on the battlefield. It didn’t come in a letter. It didn’t come during a campaign. It was McClellan’s finest moment – when he truly saved the nation.


Please contact Lark Plessinger at 717-264-7101 or email lplessinger@chambersburg.org with questions.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours hosts Civil War tours led by nationally recognized historians since 1989.