Hosted by Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, the organization will also raise funds for battlefield preservation during the event, with contributions going to organizations including the Friends of the Siege and Battle of Corinth and Friends of Shiloh.
Set for May 17-21 at the Hampton Inn in Corinth, the conference will focus on the Battle of Shiloh with talks and tours of battle sites at Shiloh National Military Park. Author and historian Timothy B. Smith, who wrote “Corinth 1862: Siege, Battle, Occupation,” will lead the group on a two-day bus and walking tour.
“We design our Civil War Conferences with our guests in mind, from visiting off-the-beaten-path sites to inviting historians who will give an in-depth analysis of the events that took place,” said Lark Plessinger, program coordinator for Civil War Seminars. “We aim to deliver the best Civil War tours and talks that truly allow our guests to experience our shared military heritage while also giving back to the communities we visit.”
Local National Park Service Ranger/Historian Tom Parson will lead tours of Corinth, Iuka, Brice’s Crossroads and Tupelo battlefields. Parson’s tours will feature an exclusive stop at Lochinvar Plantation near Pontotoc, one of the largest plantations in the region, with an extensive Civil War history.
Smith is a former Shiloh park ranger and teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
“We are excited to host Tim Smith at our Civil War Conference,” said Ted Alexander, co-founder of Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours. “Tim is a leading authority on the Battle of Shiloh, and we are fortunate to have his extensive background in Civil War history to complement our event.”
Since its inception, Civil War Seminars has raised approximately $190,000 for battlefield preservation. It also maintains the Edwin C. Bearss Award, which provides grants for deserving authors researching Civil War history. It is named in honor of the National Park Service’s chief historian emeritus, Edwin C. Bearss.
To register for all or part of the event, visit civilwarseminars.org.