Civil War Institute at Gettysburg Summer Conference 2024

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Readers of the Regarp Book Blog Get 15% Off Registration Civil War Institute Summer Conference 2024
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 one of my most rewarding experiences 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!

I had planned to return the following year, but COVID intervened. As it turned out, I did not make it back until June 2023, but again had an equally amazing time that included a battlefield tour of Harpers Ferry with the legendary Dennis Frye, and another with historian Kevin Levin that traced the paths of the enslaved at Gettysburg, plus presentations by Harold Holzer, Catherine Clinton, Megan Kate Nelson, and David Silkenat, as well as a dine-in discussion with author Angela Esco Elder! And once more Pete Carmichael, Ashley Luskey and their team demonstrated that it is possible to combine the very best in Civil War scholarship with an exciting and fascinating public history experience.

The CWI Summer Conference returns in June 2024 & I will be there once again!  And for the second year, 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! CWI is the gold standard for Civil War conferences … don’t miss out!

Join me June 7-12, 2024 at the Civil War Institute Summer Conference at Gettysburg College for an exciting lineup of Civil War scholars that includes Ronald White, Harold Holzer, Jonathan White, Jennifer Murray, D. Scott Hartwig, Elizabeth Leonard, Robert S. Levine, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, and many others—over 40 distinguished speakers and tour guides! The 2024 CWI Conference will feature lectures, roundtables, battlefield tours, and dine-in discussions on a wide range of topics, including Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain; Lincoln, race, and American immigration; atrocity during the Civil War; General Benjamin Butler; the 1913 Gettysburg reunion; the Civil War in Missouri; interpreting race at Civil War sites; and much more! In addition to touring the Gettysburg battlefield, participants will have the opportunity to visit a variety of other battlefields and historic sites. The conference offers numerous customizable packages, with both part-time and full-time options available, on-campus lodging and meals—all for a remarkably low price!

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Follow the link 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

I have reviewed the following books by authors who participated in past CWI conferences that I attended:

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

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

Review of: Love & Duty: Confederate Widows and the Emotional Politics of Loss, by Angela Esco Elder

Review of: Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, by Kevin M. Levin

Review of: Tara Revisited: Women, War & The Plantation Legend, by Catherine Clinton

Review of: Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, by Catherine Clinton

Review of: Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America, by Megan Kate Nelson

Review of: Harpers Ferry Under Fire: A Border Town in the American Civil War, by Dennis E. Frye

Review of: Scars on the Land: An Environmental History of Slavery in the American South, by David Silkenat

I have reviewed this book by an author scheduled to present at the 2024 CWI conference:

Review of: The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, by Robert S. Levine

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.