Chamber's last Civil War seminar of year to be Sept. 24-26

August 10, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's last Civil War seminar of the year will get under way Sept. 24.

The seminar, "Lee: An Examination of One of America's Great Commanders," will conclude Sept. 26.

"Robert E. Lee was one of the greatest commanders in the Civil War and in American history. This seminar features some of the top Lee scholars in the country, and will examine various aspects of his life and military career," said Ted Alexander, seminar host and chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.

On Sept. 24, historian Richard Sommers, senior historian at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, will analyze what went right and wrong at Gettysburg, Pa., and Peter Carmichael, director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, will examine why Lee used aggressive tactics throughout the war.

A bus tour on Sept. 25 will take participants to many off-the-beaten-path sites in the area associated with Lee and his commanders, as well as Gettysburg Battlefield, enabling participants to view that area through Lee's eyes as commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Famed battlefield guide Ed Bearss will lead the tour.


Sessions on Sept. 26 will include an examination of Lee's political and social heritage, and how his political views shaped his decision to resign from the U.S. Army in 1861. Historian Tom Clemens will discuss Lee's successes and failures in Maryland in 1862, and Sommers will cover "Lee and Grant at Petersburg." There also will be a panel discussion.

Seminar costs vary depending on the sessions attended. Price includes motor coach transportation for guided tours, seminar materials and some meals.

To register or for more information, call seminar coordinator Cindy Baker at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, 717-264-7101.

To see the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours brochure, which includes the full schedule and a listing of costs, go to

The seminar will be based at Four Points Sheraton, 1123 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, and receives sponsorship support from the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

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