Overlooked and Forgotten Civil War Battles

February 6, 2021

Welcome to our virtual fall 2020 program, Infantry in the Civil War. The health and well-being of our members is our top priority, so we have converted the original program to a virtual platform via Zoom. Portions of the conference will be pre-recorded, but all tour guides will be LIVE via Zoom for commentary and questions.


*We have met our attendance goal and will be hosting the conference!!*

Virtual Tours will include Longstreet’s assault on July 2 at Gettysburg, the fighting in the West Woods at Antietam, Jackson’s attack at Harpers Ferry, and the Confederate assaults at Monocacy. Lectures will cover some of the great infantry fights of both the Eastern and Western Theaters of the Civil War. This deviates from our normal pattern of studying a single battle or campaign and allows us to expand our studies.



· Conference held virtually via Zoom. Registered guests receive Zoom login information prior to conference.

· Tour Guides will be available LIVE to give their tour and answer questions

· A waiting room will be enabled each day to verify each person is registered for the conference.

· Each participant will receive a packet of tactical maps via mail before the event.

· Parts of the conference will be pre-recorded and shown during the Zoom call. All tour guides and speakers will be live on the Zoom call for commentary and questions.

· Civil War & More Book Vendor, Jim Schmick, is our preferred book vendor. He will be available during the conference if you would like to order books from him.  Please patronize this local business!



9:45 a.m. Welcome & Introduction by Eric Wittenberg, program coordinator


10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The West Woods at Antietam virtual field tour led by Tom Clemens


Zoom Tour Description:

One of the critical turning points in the 12 hour bloodbath called Antietam was Gen. John Sedgwick’s attack into the West Woods. Had this attack been successful the day would have quite possibly ended with the destruction of Gen. R.E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.


Sites viewed virtually:

· East Woods to survey the terrain, and discuss the decision making process that led to Sedgwick’s attack

· Dunker Church and the high ground behind it. Here an incursion into the West Woods occupied this important high ground

· Philadelphia Brigade Park offers some sense of the terrain and best place to get a sense of the size of this attack

· Hauser’s Ridge to survey the defensive position of the remnants of Jackson’s forces, and an overview of McLaws’ counterattack

· Locher Cabin and 15th Massachusetts Monument


12 - 1 p.m. Break


1 —3 p.m. Bolivar Heights and Schoolhouse Ridge virtual tour led by Dennis Frye


Zoom Tour Description:

The Battle of Harpers Ferry, prelude to Antietam, often is defined by Stonewall Jackson's mountain-top siege artillery. Stonewall's infantry tactics, however, ultimately doomed the Union garrison. Explore the surprising terrain of Bolivar Heights and School House Ridge as we examine Jackson's options and decisions, ultimately producing the largest surrender of U.S. forces during the Civil War.


Sites viewed virtually:

· Bolivar Heights

· Schoolhouse Ridge


Break Time!


7 - 9 p.m. Evening Lecture and Q&A


· “From Pikemen to Lignard: The Evolution of the Infantry in Western Militaries to the Civil War” - talk by Christopher S. Stowe

Stowe will discuss the evolution of the infantry arm, focusing upon its cultural, organizational, and doctrinal development during the two centuries leading up to the American Civil war--a period during which it allegedly earned its enduring moniker "the Queen of Battle."

Interested in more reading? Ask Jim about his inventory with Civil War & More. 



10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Longstreet’s Assault on July 2 at Gettysburg led by Jim Hessler


**Please note there will be a 1 hour break from 12 to 1 p.m. to prevent Zoom fatigue.


Zoom Tour Description:

On the afternoon of July 2, Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet launched a massive assault against the Army of the Potomac’s left flank. The brutal attack was one of the Civil War’s largest, yet historians continue to debate the objectives and outcome. What was Lee trying to accomplish? How did General Dan Sickles’s unauthorized movements toward the Emmitsburg Road impact the Confederate attack and the Union defense? How important was Little Round Top to the Union victory? Was July 2 the true turning point of the battle? Join Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide and author James Hessler as we examine the many controversies associated with Longstreet’s attack and Sickles’s defense of July 2. 


Sites viewed virtually:

· Seminary Ridge

· Little Round Top

· The Wheatfield

· The Peach Orchard

· First Minnesota Monument

· And more!


Break Time!


7 to 9 p.m. Evening Sessions

· Upton’s Assault at Spotsylvania—talk by Dr. Chris Mackowski

· Meet & Greet with Breakout Sessions


Interested in more reading? Ask Jim about his inventory with Civil War & More. 


5:30 p.m. Dinner on your own.


7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Informal discussion on Invasion of Harrisburg, June 27-30—Carlisle to Harrisburg. Talk given by Jim Schmick with collection of photos and maps.




10 a.m. - 3 p.m. “I Never Saw old Soldiers Shoot Better” Infantry at Monocacy virtual tour led by Matt Borders


**Please note there will be a 1 hour break from 12 to 1 p.m. to prevent Zoom fatigue.


Zoom Tour Description:

Our The Battle of Monocacy, fought July 9th, 1864, was part of the third Confederate invasion of the north. This day long delaying action saw the implementation of both traditional and innovative infantry tactics on the rolling fields outside Frederick, Maryland. Everything from the tried and true battle line to a rudimentary version of the small unit tactics used today. Join us as we explore the infantry tactics and maneuvers utilized by both sides during this often overlooked battle.


 Sites viewed virtually:

· Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center - On the grounds of the CSA staging area, we will have a brief overview of how the armies got here and why.

· Best Farm, Union and Confederate skirmishers and sharpshooters squared off on this property around 8:30am.

· Thomas Farm, The heart of the battlefield and the site of the most intense part of the struggle. This portion of the tour will have some walking as we discuss the shifting battle lines

· Maryland National Guard Armory - discussing the skirmishing around Jug Bridge, North of the main battlefield.

Break Time!

7to 9 p.m. Evening Sessions


· “Fitz-John Porter’s Deep Cut attack, Second Battle of Bull Run—talk by John Hennessy


 Conference Completion by 9 p.m.


Thank you for your patronage!

Seminar registration fee schedule:

____$150 Members Conference Package (Entire program, Friday thru Sunday)

____$180 Non-Members Conference Package (Entire program, Friday thru Sunday)

____$60  Friday Only

____$60  Saturday Only

____$60  Sunday Only

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Payment Policy: Full payment is due prior to seminar.

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