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Student Scholarship for July Civil War Tour

One lucky student will have the opportunity to learn about the Civil War from some of the nation’s top historians with a full scholarship to the seminar, “On to Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign” held this July in Richmond, Va.

The Scott Hosier Scholarship will be offered to one eligible high school or college student. The scholarship covers the registration fee for the non-member complete weekend package ($685 value) to Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours’ July seminar. A $100 stipend for expenses is also offered if the awardee lives outside of a 50 mile radius from Richmond, Va.

The July seminar features tours and lectures about the Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days Battles, Jeb Stuart’s ride around McClellan and more events associated with the American Civil War in 1862. More than 14 historians will speak at the event including the legendary Edwin C. Bearss who is the chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service.

To apply, please send a letter describing why you would like to attend Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours’ “On to Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign,” why you should receive the scholarship and what your interest is in Civil War history. Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply and provide proof of student status in their applications. High school and college students (both undergraduate and graduate) are eligible to apply.

Application deadline is July 10, 2017. Email applications to lplessinger@chambersburg.org or mail to Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours; 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

For information about the July seminar or other 2017 tours, please visit www.civilwarseminars.org or call 717-264-7101. Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is sponsored by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and is a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

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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.


Ted Alexander, Co -Founder



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

The 150th in Richmond

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to our July 2015 seminar, “The End of the War: Richmond, Petersburg, and Appomattox.” This is one of our must unique seminars ever. We kick it off with a tour of Civil War sites in Richmond. This includes landmarks such as the Lee Monument on Monument Avenue, the exquisite murals at the “Battle Abbey” and a special tour at the Museum of the Confederacy featuring a look at some of the collection that is not on public display.

The official opening of the seminar features an after dinner talk by the “Dean” of Civil War Historians, the great Dr. James “Bud” Robertson. This will be followed by one of our traditional “Insomniacs” sessions with Catherine Wright of the Museum of the Confederacy.

Our bus tours on Thursday and Saturday will be some of the most detailed ever given. Master battlefield trampers Ed Bearss and Robert E. L. Krick will take us to Cold Harbor, where thousands fell in minutes. Dr. Richard Sommers will share with us the years of scholarship that went into his book Richmond Redeemed, as we trek the various sites associated with Grant’s Fifth Offensive on Thursday and Saturday afternoon. On Saturday morning, Ed Bearss will take us to Petersburg with a look at the legendary “Crater” as well as other sites.

Friday is devoted to talks. This includes speakers such as Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters, Dr. Richard Sommers, Brig. Gen. John Mountcastle and many others. Friday evening is our annual Preservation Auction, of which many of the proceeds will be donated to preservation projects around the Richmond area.

Our grand event will conclude on Sunday with an optional tour of the Appomattox Campaign. This bus trip will be led by none other than Chris Calkins. He is the leading authority on the Appomattox Campaign, and he has the awards to prove it.

Oh, did I mention all of the good Southern cookin’ that will be served? This includes a barbecue buffet Friday night!

We are looking forward to seeing you for four to five days of education, good fellowship, great food, and fun. Click here to see the complete details of our trip.

Best wishes,

Ted Alexander
Co-founder and Facilitator
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars