Early Bird Tickets Still Available for the Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

The early bird rate is still available for anyone interested in tickets to next summer’s Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. Early bird tickets are only $135 each, and they cover events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 2-4, 2019. You can order here through PayPal.

The theme this year will be “Forgotten Battles of the Civil War.”

Keynote speaker A. Wilson Greene, former director of Pamplin Park and noted author and historian, will talk about some …


Commemorating the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville

Our historian-in-residence, Chris Mackowski, took part in an exciting two-day event to help commemorate the 155th anniversary of the battle of Chancellorsville earlier this week. Chris, along with several fellow historians from Emerging Civil War, joined Kris White and Garry Adelman from the Civil War Trust and Beth Parnicza and Pete Maugle from the National Park Service for a series of Facebook LIVE broadcasts.

From Emerging Civil War, Dan Davis, Ryan Quint, Steward Henderson, and Edward Alexander joined in. So …


Historian-in-Residence Publishes New Book on Civil War Turning Points

Maxwell James Mackowski holds a copy of the new book his dad just co-edited.

If people know anything at all about the Civil War battle of Gettysburg, they usually cite it as “the turning point of the war.”

But a new essay collection co-edited by our historian-in-residence, Chris Mackowski, suggests that maybe Gettysburg wasn’t “the” turning point at all. Instead, the book argues, what if the war was actually a series of major turning points, one leading to the next, …


Speaker Line-Up Announced for Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

The full line-up of speakers has been announced for the Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, which will be held Aug. 3-5, 2018.

The theme this year is “Turning Points of the Civil War,” which ties into an upcoming book Emerging Civil War is publishing with Southern Illinois University Press as part of their “Engaging the Civil War” Series.

The keynote speaker this year will be Scott Hartwig, former supervisory historian from Gettysburg National Battlefield. Scott, …


Stevenson Ridge on C-SPAN: “Great Attacks of the Civil War”

from Chris

C-SPAN’s coverage of the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge continues this weekend. This Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m., C-SPAN 3 will air the symposium’s panel discussion on “Great Attacks of the Civil War.” Here’s a preview:


Also, the keynote address by Jim Ogden on James Longstreet at Chickamauga gets a re-air Saturday at 1:45 p.m.:


Tune in to see Stevenson Ridge on C-SPAN!…


The Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

The dust has finally settled following theThird Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge a couple weeks ago. It was such a successful event that we’ll be moving the event into the Lodge for the entire weekend next year to accommodate the crowd. (This year’s event sold out a month in advance and while a few people from the waiting list got squeezed in, some folks unfortunately had to be turned away–so we’ll be ready for them next year …


The Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge—Just a Week Away

Civil War House soldier-smWe are just a week away from welcoming the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge back to the property. This year’s symposium will be held Aug. 5-7, 2016, and it features a line up of ten speakers, including legendary NPS historian James Ogden from Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

As a special treat in advance of the symposium, a number of ECW authors will be signing books at the Fredericksburg Barnes and Noble on Thursday, Aug. …


SR’s Historian Gets Special Award

We were delightfully surprised here at Stevenson Ridge today by some unexpected news for our historian-in-residence, Chris Mackowski.

The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) announced its Distinguished Writing Awards for the year and, as part of the honors, recognized Chris and his writing partner, Kristopher D. White, with a special award.

“In addition to announcing the Distinguished Writing Awards,” the AHF’s press release said, “the Army Historical Foundation also recognized editors Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White and publisher Savas Beatie, LLC, …


A Sketch of Stevenson Ridge, 1864

from Chris

Looking through issues of Harper’s Weekly from the Civil War era a couple weeks ago, I came across an unexpected surprise: an illustration that shows Stevenson Ridge in the background.





The image was captioned “Army of the Potomac—Crossing the River Ny, Virginia.” The Ni River (as it’s spelled today) runs past the base of the hill that Stevenson Ridge sits atop. Of course, it wasn’t Stevenson Ridge back then, so all you see of our …


Chris’s Latest Book: The Battle of the Wilderness

Layout 1Historian-in-Residence Chris Mackowski has a new book coming out this spring that touches on one of the area’s most notorious battles. Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, 1864, covers the opening engagement of what became the 1864 Overland Campaign. (The battle of Spotsylvania Court House, where Stevenson Ridge is located, followed on May 8-21, 1864.)

Chris has written books about Spotsylvania, as well as the next phase of the campaign, at the North Anna River, and …