Please note: The Spring Campaign for 2023 has been cancelled.

We look forward to welcoming you to Blacksburg in March 2023 for Virginia Tech’s annual Civil War Weekend. You’ll hear from a stellar group of speakers and enjoy fellowship with other history enthusiasts—all in the comfortable surroundings of the Inn at Virginia Tech.

This year’s theme is “Civil War Journeys.” From the first inklings of war through to the Reconstruction years, Americans were constantly in motion. Crises often have that effect. African Americans traveled north in search of freedom, while massive armies advanced from battlefield to battlefield. Travel and migration transformed individual lives and shaped the future of the United States.

The speakers this year include some of the most distinguished names in Civil War history. Caroline Janney will share stories of Lee’s soldiers’ travels home, drawn from her recent Lincoln-Prize winning book. Ted Widmer will recount Lincoln’s perilous journey to Washington D.C. as president-elect. We’ll also hear from Garry Adelman, John G. Selby, Molly Mersmann, William C. “Jack” Davis, and Cassandra Newby-Alexander on topics such as the underground railroad and escaped Union POWs’ journeys across the Confederacy. Renowned historian-musician Bobby Horton will take attendees on what’s sure to be a memorable musical journey through Civil War history.

Whether this is your first Virginia Tech Civil War Weekend, or you’ve been attending the annual event ever since its first meeting in 1991, we look forward to welcoming you to the group and sharing new perspectives on this endlessly fascinating period of American history. See you in March!

Photo of Paul Quigley Paul Quigley
James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies
Director, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

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Leland Shelton
Program Manager, Continuing and Professional Education
(540) 231-9617
Email: leshelt2@vt.edu

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