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CHAMBERSBURG (Aug. 14, 2019) – Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours plans three military history tours in 2020.

Award-winning historian Eric Wittenberg, a past tour guide and conference speaker, will succeed Ted Alexander as program coordinator.

The spring conference will shift its focus beyond the Civil War, starting with the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777. The summer program will alternate between the eastern and western Civil War campaigns beginning with the Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga.

An initiative of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is expanding its focus with significant changes in 2020.

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The fall conference stays focused on Civil War issues and will be based in Chambersburg. 

Replacing a Legend

“I say ‘succeed’ rather than ‘replace,’ because nobody can replace a legend. One can only hope to carry on and maintain the high standards set by Ted. Knowing that, and with a great deal of humility and no small dose of trepidation, I have agreed to succeed Ted as program coordinator.”

Alexander’s retirement was officially announced last month during the Antietam: The Bloodiest Day Conference held in Hagerstown, Md. More than 100 history enthusiasts attended that event.

A special retirement celebration honoring him for his 30 years of service marked the occasion.

“We were pleased to honor Ted’s work and legacy during the conference,” Lark Kennedy, communications manager of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce said.

“His vision and collaboration with the Chambersburg Chamber have been critical to the success of the programs,” she said. “We are excited to welcome Eric Wittenberg as Ted’s successor, and look forward to his collaboration as we plan 2020 and beyond.”

If you have questions regarding the transition, please contact Kennedy at 717-264-7101 or email her at lkennedy@chambersburg.org.

The Philadelphia Campaign of 1777, April 30 – May 3, 2020 Based in Valley Forge, Pa

Statue of Anthony Wayne at Valley Forge
Statue of Anthony Wayne at Valley Forge – Photo by Rdsmith4

Led by Michael C. Harris, we will focus on the Battles of Brandywine, Paoli, Germantown, Whitemarsh and the winter encampment at Valley Forge.

Sites to visit include Cooch’s Bridge, Brandywine Battlefield, Valley Forge National Historic Park, Billingsport, Fort Mercer, Fort Mifflin, Peter Wentz House and more.

Harris is the author of Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, Sept. 11, 1777. He graduated from the University of Mary Washington and the American Military University.

Harris has worked for the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Fort Mott State Park in New Jersey and the PA Historical and Museum Commission at Brandywine Battlefield.

Gateway to the Deep South: Chickamauga & Chattanooga, July 22-26, 2020 Based in Ringgold, Ga.

Cannon Row in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park – Photo by Lhughesw5

Featuring Tour Guide & Leading Authority David Powell with special guest Eric Wittenberg as we visit Bridgeport and Stevenson, AL; LaFayette, GA, Davis’s Crossroads, Chickamauga, Reed’s Bridge, Jay’s Mill, Brock Field, Kelly Field, Brotherton Field, Horseshoe Ridge, Lookout Mountain, National Cemetery, Orchard Knob, Ringgold & more.

Powell is nationally recognized as a Chickamauga tour guide. He has written five books on the topic including The Chickamauga Campaign: Barren Victory.

He now studies the battles for Chattanooga and has written several books on the subject including Battle Above the Clouds and Decisions at Chickamauga.

Intensive Study of Infantry in the Civil War, Fall 2020 Based in Chambersburg, Pa.

More information coming soon.

About Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Ted Alexander founded the seminar and tours in 1989.

The programs support the local business community, attract tourism to the area and raise funds for battlefield preservation.

To date, donations of over $215,000 help nonprofit organizations that support the interpretation and preservation of our Civil War heritage.

For more details about upcoming tours, please visit www.CivilWarSeminars.org or call 717-264-7101.

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