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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.

Col. Keith Gibson gives our group a tour of VMI

Stonewall Jackson in the Valley

This May we traveled to Harrisonburg, Va in pursuit of the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. The tour was excellent! Here’s our recap via pictures:

Group photo at Washington & Lee on our way to the Lee Chapel

Group photo at Washington & Lee on our way to the Lee Chapel

Thursday, May 19 we followed the footsteps of Lee and Jackson on a tour of Historic Lexington led by Keven Walker and Edwin Bearss. Visits included the Stonewall Jackson House, Lee Chapel, Traveler’s grave, VMI Museum and Jackson’s Grave.

Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington

Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington

 

Friday featured all day sessions at Massanetta Springs Conference Center with talks by Jerry Holsworth, Steve French, Gary Ecelbarger, John Schildt, Daniel Toomey and Jeff Wert.

Traveler grave


Saturday, May 21 we ventured on Jackson’s Valley Campaign to Camp Alleghany, Port Republic, Cross Keys, the Widow Pence Farm and Kernstown Battlefield led by Jeffry Wert and Edwin Bearss.

Port Republic

Sunday we continued our trek of Jackson’s Campaign to Front Royal, Kernstown Battlefield and Stonewall Jackson Headquarters with Jeff Wert and Ed Bearss.

Widow Pence Farm presentation.

Widow Pence Farm presentation.

Thank you to all of our participants – we had a fantastic trip! Hope to see many of you at our July “Gettysburg Day 3 & Beyond” seminar or September’s “Lincoln at Gettysburg.”

 

Best wishes,

Lark Plessinger, program coordinator

Ted Alexander, co-founder & facilitator

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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.

Stonewall Jackson

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

Ed Bearss DVD is here!

Please click here to purchase the DVD set.

On this 4 disc set you will hear directly from the man who some have called our greatest living national treasure. You will hear Civil War stories and more, as Ed discusses his serious wounding int he Pacific in WWII, his work on the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, his work salvaging the U.S.S. Cairo, and his personal discussion with LBJ in the planning and acquisition of the LBJ Ranch for the National Park Service.
4 Disc Set Includes:
“Suicide Creek,” “Worse than Guadacanal:” The Wounding of Ed Bearss, January 2, 1944
How Not to Raise a Gunboat: The Salvaging and Restoration of the U.S.S. Cairo
Forrest at Brice’s Crossroads, Putting the Scare on the Yankees
Me and LBJ, Ed’s Interviews with President JohnsonEd Bearss lecture

Just days away!

Hi Folks,

Time is flying, but there is still time to sign up for our Ed Bearss weekend. This is going to be a really great event. Ed will be 91 this June. Yet he can still out hike most people. On Friday, April 4, we begin this special weekend with Ed talking about his service and wounding by the Japanese in the Pacific in WWII.  A talk on Ed’s books will follow. Terry Winschell, retired Chief Historian of Vicksburg, N.M.P. has read everything that Ed has ever written. His talk, “Reading Bearss” will provide an excellent introduction to Ed’s many published works. Next is a panel of scholars with Richard Sommers, Dennis Frye and others as we look at the man and his contributions to the history field.

After dinner Ed will present a power point program on one of his greatest preservation accomplishments, the raising and stabilization of the U.S.S. Cairo.

On Saturday, April 5  will be a walking tour of the final attack trail at Antietam.There Ed will tell the story of Burnside’s attack as only he can do. Next, the bus will go to Gettysburg for a bountiful lunch at the historic Dobbin’s House. Afterward, Ed will lead a tour of the fighting on July 1, 1863. Here is your chance to walk in the footsteps of Buford’s dismounted troopers, the Iron Brigade and Heth’s gray clad soldiers, with Americas’ premier battlefield guide. That evening we will have dinner and testimonials from many of Ed’s friends. Let us know if you would like to say something.

 

We will wrap up Sunday morning with a talk by Dennis Frye on his work with Ed over the years in the National Park Service. Ed will give two talks. Ed is the leading authority on the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and his book, FORREST AT BRICE’S CROSSROADS is the definitive work on the subject. Accordingly, we could not let this weekend pass without having him give a talk on the subject. The event will conclude with Ed discussing his several meetings with President Lyndon B. Johnson and the acquisition of the LBJ Ranch by the National Park Service.

 

I sure hope that you can make it to this truly unique event.

 

Best Wishes,

 

Ted Alexander

Co-Founder, Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours