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July 2017 Conference – On to Richmond

Hi Folks,

We are excited for our July 2017 Civil War tour to Richmond, Virginia. This year’s theme is “On to Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign.” We begin on Wednesday with a detailed tour of the lower Peninsula. This includes visits to the Monitor Center to observe the restoration of that great ship, historic Fort Monroe, extensive earthworks built by the Confederates, Williamsburg battlefield and much more. We have the go-to guy to lead this tour: author and historian John Quarstein. He also serves as the Director of the Monitor Center and oversees the Monitor’s restoration.

Thursday and Saturday will feature detailed tactical tours of the Seven Days led by master tour guides Edwin Bearss and Robert E.L. “Bobby” Krick. Superintendent Dave Ruth will open the seminar with an update on the extensive preservation that has been made on the Seven Days battlefields. We will have talks on every phase of the campaign, including a talk and tour of Jeb Stuart’s legendary Ride Around McClellan.

Friday night dinner will be a Southern BBQ buffet. Following dinner we will have a talk by award-winning McClellan biographer Ethan Rafuse.

Of course we will have our book dealer, Jim Schmick selling all the books about our subject. Many of our speakers will be available to sign their books. We will also have book raffles and our traditional    silent auction. Part of the proceeds from this event will go to the U.S.S. Monitor Center as well as friends’ groups associated with the Richmond Battlefields.

I know that I say this all of the time, but this truly promises to be one of our best seminars ever. We hope to see you there. Meanwhile, thank you for supporting our seminars.

Regards,

Ted Alexander, Co -Founder

 

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Ed Bearss Award Applications

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is now accepting applications for the 2017 Edwin C. Bearss Award. This award is given annually to support the study of the American Civil War era by reimbursing the awardee with up to $1,000 for scholarly research.

Named in honor of Edwin “Ed” C. Bearss, the Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, the award will be given to a deserving author working on a non-fiction book about the Civil War. The publication should be focused on Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia or the Shenandoah Valley. Once chosen, the awardee will receive up to $1,000 to cover expenses related to researching their book.

“Ed Bearss has played an essential role in the study of the Civil War throughout his career and regularly educates others about it across the country,” Ted Alexander, facilitator and co-founder of Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, said. “His long term commitment to the field is astounding, and this is one way for us to show our appreciation for his diligence working with our organization and educating the public at large.”

This award is supported by both Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours as well as its program attendees throughout the year. Funds are raised through donations, raffles and auction proceeds.

Applications are being accepted now through April 1, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by the Edwin C. Bearss Award Committee. The awardee will be announced at the “On to Richmond” Civil War tour scheduled for July 26-30, 2017 in Richmond, Va.

Interested individuals should contact Lark Plessinger at lplessinger@chambersburg.org or call 717-264-7101 ext. 206 for more information or to receive an application. The awardee will be notified by May 1, 2017.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and held in partnership with historian Ted Alexander. Tours planned for 2017 will be held in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia during April, May, July and September. These programs will be led by expert historians including Edwin C. Bearss, Dr. Richard Sommers, Wayne Motts, Christopher Kolakowski, Tim Smith, Tom Parson and others.

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Early Bird Pricing

We’re rewarding our participants with $30 off each Generals or Complete Weekend Package when you register early! Use code EARLY30 when registering online or call Lark at 717-264-7101 to apply the discount. (Cannot be combined with any other discounts).

Register by Feb. 1, 2017 for the Ed Bearss Symposium to receive $30 OFF a Complete Weekend Package.

Register by March 1, 2017 for the Shiloh Civil War Tour to receive $30 OFF a Generals or Complete Weekend Package.

Register by May 1, 2017 for the On to Richmond Civil War Tour to receive $30 OFF a Generals or Complete Weekend Package.

Questions? Contact Lark at lplessinger@chambersburg.org or 717-264-7101.

Student Scholarship July 2016

The Scott Hosier Scholarship is offered during our July 27-31, 2016 seminar, “Gettysburg Day 3 & Beyond” and is a full scholarship covering the non-membeReed scholarshipr complete weekend package ($675 value). A $100 stipend for expenses is also offered if the awardee lives outside of a 50 mile radius from Chambersburg, Pa. The scholarship will be awarded to one student this year. The student must be at least 16 years old and must provide proof of student status whether at a high school, university or graduate level.

To apply, please send a letter stating why you would like to attend Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours’ “Gettysburg Day 3 & Beyond” weekend, why you should receive the scholarship, and what your interest is in Civil War history. Applicants must provide proof of student status such as a copy of a student identification card. Application deadline is July 15, 2016. Send applications to lplessinger@chambersburg.org or mail to Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours; 100 Lincoln Way E. Suite A; Chambersburg, Pa 17201.

Gettysburg Day 3 & Beyond

Front Cover2Welcome to our 2016 Chambersburg Civil War Tour with “Gettysburg Day 3 &  Beyond” – we are excited to host you! Please click here to view the brochure.

We’ll kick off the seminar with talks by Jennifer   Murray, Joe Mieczkowski and Jeff Wert on     Wednesday evening. Following that we’ll host traditional bus tours on Thursday and Saturday with leading historians.

Friday will feature all day sessions given by nine speakers and also our Annual Luhn Memorial Silent Auction will raise funds for Battlefield Preservation. Please feel free to bring donations—all proceeds go toward preservation. We’ve raised $185,000 to date.

We’ll end this fantastic conference with rarely seen sites led by Steve French as we follow the retreat of the Confederate wagon train of wounded on Sunday.

We look forward to seeing you for four to five days of education, great fellowship, delicious food, and fun. Please click here for the complete itinerary and pricing.

- Ted Alexander, Co-founder & Facilitator

- Lark Plessinger, Program Coordinator

 

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Ted Alexander – Champion of Franklin County History

Below is an excerpt from the 2015 Franklin County Visitor’s Guide published by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Year after year, Ted Alexander spoke, wrote, and presented about the history of Franklin County. He worked for more than thirty years to educate the local community and the general public about Franklin County. Using everything in his power, he planted seeds of recognition and worked to make the public understand the importance of this place in American history.

Ted authored, edited, and contributed 10 books on the Civil War and other aspects of American history. He also authored more than 200 book reviews and articles for publications like “Civil War Times,” “Blue & Gray Magazine,” and “The Washington Times.” He is the co-founder of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars with the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and contributed as the lead historian on the development of the Chambersburg Heritage Center.

Thank you, Ted Alexander, for you passionate drive, long hours of diligent work, and helping to educate so many about Franklin County’s history. Because of your years of contribution, Franklin County has an event  yearly commemorating the 1864 burning of Chambersburg.

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April and May 2016 Civil War Tours

Hi Folks,

We are excited to host you all at our 2016 Civil War Seminars! We have a great and exciting year planned, and registration is now open for our April and May tours!

The Ed Bearss Symposium, based in Chambersburg, will kick-off the year focused on Military Leadership & Combat - and will include more than just Civil War tours! The event will be from April 7 to 10 and will start with a bus tour of Gettysburg Day 2: The Wheat Field and Peach Orchard led by Ed Bearss. Friday will feature all day sessions at the Hampton Inn including talks by Tom Clemens, John Fox III, Dana Shoaf, Ed Bearss, Stuart Dempsey, Christopher Kolakowski and Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters. Please click here to view the talk titles and descriptions by each speaker.

On Saturday, Ed Bearss will lead our first-ever tour to Brandywine Battlefield! This was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the American Revolution and it is there General Washington’s Continental Army faced British Redcoats of General Sir William Howe in all-day combat along Brandywine Creek. We’ll visit Kennett Square, Kennett Meeting House, Brandywine Visitor Center, Lafayette’s Headquarters and more! Sunday will then feature half-day sessions with John Miller, Steve Bockmiller, and Dennis Frye. Click here to see the complete itinerary and pricing.

The May 19-22 Seminar will be Stonewall Jackson in the Valley based in Harrisonburg, VA and hosted in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Thursday we’ll kick things off with a tour of Lexington – In the Footsteps of Lee & Jackson – led by Keven Walker. We’ll visit VMI Museum, Lee Chapel, Jackson’s Grave and more! Learn more about this tour here.

Friday sessions will feature talks by Jeff Wert, Scott Patchan, John Schildt, Steve French, Jerry Holsworth, Daniel Carroll Toomey, and others. Then on Saturday will be a bus tour – Jackson Valley Campaign Part 1 – bus tour led by Ed Bearss and Jeffry Wert. We’ll visit McDowell Battlefield, Camp Allegheny, Cross Keys and more! Sunday will be Part 2 visiting Front Royal, Kernstown Battlefield and more. View the complete brochure with pricing here!

That’s the run-down, and we can’t wait for April and May to get here! Please check back soon for more information on the July and September Civil War tours both based in Chambersburg, Pa.

-Ted Alexander, Lark Plessinger

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2015: A Year in Review

We had one of our best years yet hosting Civil War Tours following the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War!

We kicked off 2015 with our Ed Bearss Symposium in April with a bus and walking tour of Little Round Top and Devil’s Den with Ed Bearss. We heard from fantastic speakers about leadership and combat in the Civil War including Dennis Frye, Wayne Motts, Perry Jamieson, George Franks III, Dr. Richard Sommers, and others. We had a great time and a full house at the Hampton Inn in Chambersburg. To read the reviews from some of our attendees, click here.

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Stop at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center.

May was dedicated to following the footsteps of those Damn Blackhats with the Iron Brigade led by Lance Herdegen. We toured Gettysburg, South Mountain and Antietam with Lance. Sessions also included talks about the Iron Brigade by Tom Clemens, Dan Welch, Joe Mieczkowski, and others. Our participants had a great time on this Civil War tour – we were glad to see so many new faces at this event!

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Visiting with General Grant at Appomattox.

One of our absolute favorite seminars (it may have been logistically challenging for Lark) was our trip to Richmond to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the End of the War: Richmond, Petersburg and Appomattox. We had a completely full house and heard from amazing speakers, had excellent guides and could not have asked for a better Civil War tour. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Dr. Bud Robertson spoke, Dr. Richard Sommers and Ed Bearss led bus tours, and we had a fantastic week in Richmond. Thank you to everyone for coming – we couldn’t ask for better guests!

Ed Bearss, Bob Allen and the group at what's left of the Garrett Farm.

Ed Bearss, Bob Allen and the group at what’s left of the Garrett Farm.

Our final 2015 Civil War seminar was focused on Lincoln. Specifically, we focused on Mr. Lincoln’s army at Gettysburg and the John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour. Guides and speakers included Ed Bearss, Bob Allen, Dan Vermilya, Ed Steers, Wayne Motts, and others. We had the opportunity to tour Gettysburg as well as Ford’s Theatre, Surratt Tavern, view Dr. Mudd House and stand on the ground of the Garrett Farm.

Now as our 27th year of tours approaches, we are working hard to finalize the 2016 itinerary and update our branding. Specifically, we have redesigned our website to make it easier for our guests to navigate and learn more about our tours. If you’re interested in the Civil War and would like to be updated about our events, please sign up for our monthly e-newsletter. If you have specific questions, please contact Lark directly at lplessinger@chambersburg.org or call 717-264-7101.

We can’t wait for our 2016 Civil War Tours! Click here for the latest updates.

Best,

Ted Alexander, Lark Plessinger

Lincoln

Hi Folks,

Lincoln PosterWe are pleased to announce the itinerary and registration for the Lincoln Seminar, Sept. 24-27, is now available online. The seminar will start with an optional bus tour of “Mr. Lincoln’s Army at Gettysburg,” talks featuring Dan Vermilya, James Getty, Ed Bearss, Wayne Motts, Ed Steers, Bob Allen, and others as well as the John Wilkes Booth Escape tour. View the complete itinerary and pricing here.

In other news, we just finished our Ed Bearss Symposium on Leadership & Combat in the Civil War. We had a great turnout with nearly 50 participants and enjoyed hearing from Ed Bearss, Dennis Frye, George Franks III, Perry Jamieson, Tom Huntington, Wayne Motts, John Michael Priest, Richard Sommers and George Wunderlich. The sessions focused on a variety of topics including a lively panel discussion about Civil War Commanders (the good, bad, and ugly). Thank you for coming out! We also raised nearly $800 that will be donated to preservation and the Ed Bearss Award. To see photos from the Ed Bearss Symposium, click here.

Space is filling up very quickly for our “End of the War: Richmond, Petersburg, and Appomattox” based in Richmond, Va. If you have not registered, please do so soon. We expect a fully-booked seminar, but will start a wait-list when necessary. Click here for the itinerary.

Our May seminar is coming up next month with Lance Herdegen focused on the Iron Brigade. There are just a few spots left, click here to register. Looking forward to seeing our members and new members at our seminars this year.

All the best,

Ted Alexander

Ed Bearss Symposium After-Action Report

Ed Bearss bellows to the group at the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Ed Bearss bellows to the group at the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Our Ed Bearss Symposium in April had a great turnout with nearly 50 members from all over the U.S. and Canada. Thank you for coming! Please click here to see more photos from our Ed Bearss Symposium.

We enjoyed hearing from Wayne Motts of the National Civil War Museum speak about leadership at Gettysburg as well as insights from Perry Jamieson regarding Bentonville and learning more about Falling Waters and the end of the Gettysburg Campaign.

The speakers are introduced during our Ed Bearss Symposium featuring Ted Alexander, Dennis Frye, Ed Bearss, Richard Sommers, and John Priest.

The speakers are introduced during our Ed Bearss Symposium featuring Ted Alexander, Dennis Frye, Ed Bearss, Richard Sommers, and John Priest.

Sessions at the Hampton Inn in Chambersburg also included talks by John Priest, Dr. Richard Sommers, Tom Huntington, and Dennis Frye. George Wunderlich spoke about Civil War Ballistics and the type of wound damage expected of Civil War weaponry. A lively discussion with these historians, Ed Bearss, and Ted Alexander proved insightful as they reflected on the leadership attributes of Civil War Commanders.

The view of the valley from Little Round Top.

The view of the valley from Little Round Top.

Our seminar concluded with an energetic and interesting tour of Little Round Top and Devil’s Den led by Ed Bearss. We are looking forward to visiting Gettysburg again in May as one of the stops on our tour with Lance Herdegen following the footsteps of the Iron Brigade! Please click here for more information about our 2015 Civil War Seminars & Tours.