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Civil War Seminars

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and co-founded by Ted Alexander in 1989, delivers quality Civil War seminars and tours led by expert historians. For more information, please visit Civil War Seminars & Tours' official website at

2018 Seminars

April 4-8, 2018 5th Annual National Ed Bearss Symposium

Featuring Edwin Bearss, Jerry Holsworth, Steve Bockmiller, Jim Schmick, & others based in Chambersburg, Pa

Sessions on all aspects of American military history including a tour of the decisive 1814 battle of Baltimore, which saved the city from destruction and yielded our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Tour also includes frontier forts in the Cumberland Valley with Fort Loudon and Fort McCord as well as visiting the National Civil War Museum, U.S. Army War College and other sites in Harrisburg. Optional tour of Shepherdstown battlefield, historic confederate graves and more.

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July 24-29, 2018 Roads to Gettysburg: Brandy Station and Second Winchester

Featuring Eric Wittenberg, J.D. Petruzzi, Jerry Holsworth, Steve French, Jeffrey Wert, & others.

We will follow the Blue and Gray on their roads to Gettysburg. Tour the decisive battle ground of Brandy Station, where J.E.B. Stuart and his horsemen battled the Yankees in the largest cavalry action in North America. Also touring the newly restored Second Winchester battlefield where Confederates opened the gates of the great Valley for the invasion of Pennsylvania. Bonus tours will include Aldie, Upperville, Middleburg, and Mosby’s Confederacy. Conference based in Chambersburg, Pa.

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October 10-14, 2018 Mr. Lincoln's City

Featuring Joan Chaconas, Ed Steers, & others

Tours of Mr. Lincoln’s Washington, John Wilkes Booth Escape Route and historic Frederick, Maryland. Sites include Ford’s Theatre, Lincoln Memorial, Old Soldiers’ Home where Lincoln visited, Surratt Tavern, Dr. Mudd House, and more. Bonus tours will include “In the Footsteps of the Presidents” seeing unique  views as Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan and Dwight D. Eisenhower at Gettysburg, Antietam, and the Cumberland Valley.
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About Civil War Seminars & Tours

We are dedicated to providing great tours at great prices for our participants. Learn more about us. Civil War tours include bus tours of monuments, battle sites, battlefields as well as talks by nationally recognized historians. Whether you’re interested in the Civil War or belong to Civil War Round Tables, Historical Societies, we welcome any and all to attend! Please contact us for special group pricing or for more information about our Civil War tours.

The Civil War is American heritage; it is human heritage that shaped our nation and the world. Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours presents the opportunity to learn about this heritage through the study of the elements of the war-the battles, leadership, motives, and the political and military campaigns as well as the impact of the war on daily life. Well-known speakers of national merit such as Ed Bearss, Jeffry Wert and Eric Wittenberg join together to offer insightful perspectives on the many aspects of the Civil War and its era.

The Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and in partnership with Ted Alexander, have been offered since 1989 and are held four times yearly. Ted Alexander is chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield and a Smithsonian tour guide as well as author of many Civil War books and articles. 

Links to local Chambersburg Civil War Sites:

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours - Main page of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours
Franklin County Visitors Bureau - Sponsor of Chambersburg Civil War Seminars
The John Brown House
The Underground Railroad

Links to Other Civil War Sites:

Valley of the Shadow – University of Virginia Project Link – A study of a northern county, Franklin County, Pennsylvania and a southern county, Augusta County, Virginia, before–during–and after the Civil War.
History Place
The Civil War Preservation Trust
Library of Congress – Selected Civil War Photographs Collection, predominantly work done under the supervisions of Mathew Brady.
Civil War Interactive


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