The Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

By: Paul Stier

RVCWRT Membership, on the weekend of August 2-4, 2019 Mrs. Stier and I were able to participate in a great Civil War related event, The Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge.  This year the focus was on, “Forgotten Battles of the Civil War.”  Hosted at the Stevenson’s Ridge B&B, just east of Spotsylvania Court House this event was put on by the group, Emerging Civil War.  Each year, there are numerous lectures and book signings on Friday and Saturday with a battlefield tour on Sunday with all proceeds from the Symposium supporting battlefield preservation.

On Friday afternoon participants arrived on site and registered at the air conditioned lecture hall.  A good time was had by all as we met fellow civil war enthusiasts from around the country.  In addition to enjoying the BBQ Supper and talking to the authors of civil war books that were for sale, we also enjoyed the lectures that you may view and listen to on CSPAN, later this year; just go to their website to learn when these lectures will be posted.

Burnside Expedition 1862Dwight Hughes

Battle of DranesvilleRyan Quint

Battle of OlusteePhillip Greenwalt

Battle of Wilson’s CreekKristen Pawlak

Grant’s Second Petersburg Offensive – Keynote Speaker - A. Wilson Greene

Starting early on Saturday and going on into the early evening we continued to enjoy the comraderies that were started the previous evening during the multiple coffee breaks and an excellent BBQ Lunch.  Afterwards, at the end of the day, we met up at the Strangeways Brewery out by the Fredericksburg Fair Grounds, where we talked long into the night.

Tullahoma CampaignChris Kolakowski

New Market CampaignSarah Bierle

Battle of PhilippiJon-Erik Gilot

Battle of WilliamsburgDrew Gruber

Battle of Fort StevensSteve Phan

Battle of SecessionvilleDaniel Welch

Battle of Mine RunChris Mackowski

Sunday started early but instead of lectures and slide shows enjoyed within an air conditioned building, we instead took part in a car caravan tour of the North Anna Battlefield, of which the vast majority has not yet been affected by Urban blight.  While there we enjoyed a box lunch and then said farewell to friends, old and new, until next year’s conference where the topic will be “Great Leadership Death’s of the Civil War” where you may purchase your tickets at the Early Bird rate now.

This is a great Civil War related event that I would strongly encourage everyone in the RVCWRT to attend in the years to come.  When August 7-9, 2020 comes around I hope to see more of our membership in the audience and enjoying this Symposium as much as Mrs. Stier and I will.

Please contact the Symposium organizers at, or call 540-582-6263 with any questions that you may have.