Civil War Institute Summer Conference 2023

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Readers of the Regarp Book Blog Get 15% Off Registration Civil War Institute Summer Conference 2023
at Gettysburg College!

Those who know me are well aware that while my interests are quite eclectic, my background is in history and in that arena my chief preoccupation for many decades has been the American Civil War. That certainly will come as no surprise to readers of the Regarp Book Blog, which has featured reviews of so many books in the Civil War genre, as well as in the related field of African American history.

Over the years, I have visited a number of battlefields and participated in various Civil War events. But without a doubt my most rewarding experience was the week I spent attending the Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College in 2019. The CWI conference was a real game changer that included a wide assortment of notable speakers, fascinating lectures and roundtables, dine-ins with celebrated authors, and battlefield tours that far exceeded anything I have previously encountered. All this while living on campus at picturesque Gettysburg College, walking distance from the battlefield, in dorm-style housing, while  enjoying surprisingly delicious dining hall fare that catered to diverse tastes and cuisines. And all for an extraordinarily low package price. It was truly a superlative experience!

That summer, I was thrilled to attend lectures with two of today’s most iconic figures in the field of Civil War studies, Gary Gallagher and Edward Ayers—and later to spend some quality time chatting one-on-one with both Ed and Gary.  I was in the audience for a wonderful presentation by Patrick Breen, author of The Land Shall be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt. I had an outstanding dine-in experience with acclaimed historian Amy Murrell Taylor, author of Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps. But the real highlight of the week was a battlefield tour of Antietam with  CWI Director Dr. Peter Carmichael, who paused at various spots on the killing fields to read letters home from the men who had been there—some written in the very vicinity we walked that day! There were lots of opportunities to bond with other Civil War enthusiasts off hours, plus an ice cream social, book signings, and a truly memorable tour of the Gettysburg battlefield under the expert guidance of CWI Assistant Director Dr. Ashley Whitehead Luskey. It was a week I will truly never forget!

The CWI Summer Conference returns in June 2023 and I will be there once again. And this time CWI is offering a 15% discount on registration for readers of the Regarp Book Blog—which will make a great deal an even better one!

Join me June 9-14, 2023 at the Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College for an exciting lineup of Civil War scholars that includes Harold Holzer, Catherine Clinton, Craig Symonds, Caroline Janney, Lorien Foote, and many others—over 35 distinguished speakers and tour guides! The 2023 CWI Conference will feature a wide range of topics, including Lincoln as Commander in Chief, the Civil War in Appalachia, Harriet Tubman, John Singleton Mosby, Confederate widowhood, retaliation in the American Civil War, the Army of Tennessee, and more. In addition to touring the Gettysburg battlefield, participants will have the opportunity to visit a variety of other nearby battlefields and historic sites on tours that will explore Antietam and Harpers Ferry. The conference offers numerous customizable packages, with both part-time and full-time options available, on-campus lodging and meals—and all for a remarkably low price.

Follow the links to learn more and don’t forget to use the special discount code above for readers of the Regarp Book Blog! And let me know if you attend—perhaps we can grab a beer off-hours and talk about books and the Civil War—Stan

CWI Summer Conference

NOTE:  I have reviewed the following relevant books by authors referenced above:

Review of: The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought and Survived in Civil War Armies, by Peter S. Carmichael

Review of: Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps, by Amy Murrell Taylor

Podcast Review of: “The Land Shall be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt” by Patrick H. Breen

Review of: The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America, by Edward L. Ayers

NOTE: Neither I nor the Regarp Book Blog are affiliated with the Civil War Institute or Gettysburg College, and I am not receiving any compensation for promoting the CWI Summer Conference.  CWI is offering this discount as an incentive to like-minded individuals who follow this blog to participate in their celebrated conference experience.