Symposium Registration is Now Open

The National Museum of the United States Army and The Army Historical Foundation are excited to share that registration is now open for the Civil War Symposium on April 8 – 9, 2022.

Dedicated to the theme, “In Their Own Words: Civil War Soldier Stories,” the event will reexamine some of the most consequential moments of America’s costliest war through the firsthand accounts of those who served. The Symposium’s line-up of acclaimed historians and educators will delve into letters, journals, and documents that paint vivid pictures of how everyday Soldiers viewed their military leaders, the goals of the war, and the bloody battles fought between a divided nation.

Symposium program details and Foundation special events can be found at

Program Highlights

Symposium Workshop

Civil War Soldiers read and wrote voraciously in a time before military censorship, sharing joy, despair, anger, and loneliness with folks back home. Dive into five primary source documents with a Museum educator in this workshop experience. Explore the lives of individual Soldiers, their home communities, and the battles they experienced. Learn how historians use documents to understand history.

Civil War Artifacts and Their Stories

An artifact also has a story. Museum curator, Paul Morando, highlights several Civil War artifacts from the Museum’s collection and shares their Soldier stories. Artifact selections include medical instruments, weapons, Soldier personal items and a regimental flag.

Evening Reception

End an exciting day of Civil War lectures and presentations with an opportunity to mingle and discuss with fellow symposium attendees. This event includes a buffet-style dinner with keynote remarks by Charles R. Bowery, Jr., Executive Director of the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
Tickets are $67.50 for The Army Historical Foundation members and $75 for non-members.

AHF Battle Ride

Join The Army Historical Foundation on a guided Battle Ride as it explores “The Battle That Saved Washington” and the medical innovations developed by the Army during America’s bloodiest conflict that are still used today. Battle Ride participants will enjoy guided programs at Monocacy National Battlefield and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine plus lunch at a local restaurant.