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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

Thank you.

Dear friends of Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours:

We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! We are grateful for each of you; we could not exist without your support. Many of our friends have been with us since the beginning, and we have met many more great people along the way. We had several new faces attend our seminars in 2014, and look forward to hosting you again in 2015. Here’s a look back on 2014:

The group views Fisher's Hill during Ed Bearss talk.

This year we hosted four Civil War Seminars that attracted folks from all over the United States and Canada. Thank you for coming! Our seminars also had new developments with changing our seminar location to the Hampton Inn in Chambersburg, redesigning our website, launching a Facebook page and Twitter account as well as a monthly enewsletter. We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the staff who helped make our seminars successful from the bus companies and caterers to our logistics team. Thank you.

Thanks to the support from each of you, we raised $6,400 for battlefield preservation in 2014. These funds were donated to organizations including Monterey Pass Battlefield, Seminary Ridge Museum, Adams County Land Conservancy, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania, Antietam National Military Park, Wood Lake Battlefield, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, National Civil War Museum, Monocacy National Battlefield, and the Ed Bearss Award. To date, we have raised more than $175,000 for preservation.

And a special thanks to our sponsor, Franklin County Visitors Bureau. Their 2014 sponsorship helped provide additional advertising opportunities for our seminar while encouraging tourism to our area. We look forward to working with them next year.

Remember to check out our upcoming seminars in 2015 here. See you in the new year!

-Your friends at Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours

Suicide Creek & Beyond: Ed Bearss, an American Icon

Our April 2014 Civil War seminar, “Weekend with Ed Bearss,” paid tribute to an American original. To preserve this rich history, we filmed four of Ed Bearss’ talks. This Ed Ed Bearss lectureBearss DVD Lecture Series is a 4 disc set from the man who some have called our greatest living national treasure. Discussions include Ed’s serious wounding in the Pacific in WWII, his work on salvaging and restoring the sunken gunboat U.S.S. Cairo, his classic work on the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, and his personal discussions with LBJ in the planning and acquisition of the LBJ Ranch for the National Park Service.

Cost is $29.95 plus shipping and tax. A portion of the proceeds will support the Ed Bearss Award.

Click here to buy the DVD SET. Please contact Lark Plessinger to for more information at lplessinger@chambersburg.org or 717-264-7101 ext. 206.

Ed Bearss