Civil War Weekend 2024

Thank you to our wonderful speakers and guests, who made the 2024 Civil War Weekend a great success!

This year’s theme was “The Information War.” Although wars are ultimately decided on the battlefield, intelligence, propaganda, and even rumors play pivotal roles. We explored the influence of different types of information on the course of the Civil War, ranging from Lincoln’s use of the telegraph to photographs and newspapers to communication among enslaved people. Our speakers were: Tom Wheeler, Lauren K. Thompson, Wayne Hsieh, Barbara A. Gannon, Paul Quigley, Emily Lapisardi, Caroline Wood Newhall and William C. “Jack” Davis. 

After the weekend’s end, we took a two-night field trip to Fredericksburg, VA. Led by renowned tour guide and retired National Park Service historian John Hennessy, we studied the changing nature of warfare at the epicenter of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater.

Mark your calendars for next year: The 2025 Civil War Weekend will be March 28-30. We hope to see you there! 


Please save the date for next year’s event, March 28-30, 2025, at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Here is the link to the Civil War Weekend room block at the Inn, if you would like to make your hotel reservation early.


Photos from Civil War Weekend 2024:

Attendees at the 2024 Civil War Weekend.
Emily Lapisardi portraying Mrs. Greenhow at the 2024 Civil War Weekend.
William C. "Jack" Davis speaking at Civil War Weekend in 2024.
Lauren K. Thompson speaking in 2024.
Tom Wheeler speaking at CWW in 2024.
Lauren K. Thompson speaking at the 2024 CWW weekend.
VT professor Kurt Luther speaking at the 2024 Civil War Weekend.
The Virginia Tech Civil War History Showcase in 2024.


The 2024 Spring Campaign participants enjoyed a fascinating tour of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

They examined the experience of the town and its residents, both free and enslaved, during the Civil War. Sites visited included the battlefields of the 1864 Overland Campaign, Spotsylvania, the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Richard Kirkland Memorial, and the Fredericksburg Confederate Cemetery.
We will be announcing the site of the 2025 Spring Campaign soon!
The Spring Campaign in 2024 visited Fredericksburg, VA. Photos courtesy of Jillian Sasso.
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