Civil War Symposium


Every March, the Clark County Historical Society offers a one day detailed exploration of the American Civil War. This year’s theme is the Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1–3, 1863, and considered the turning point of the war. Join our military historians as we explore the battle itself, its participants, and its aftermath. 

WHEN: Saturday, March 4th from 9AM to 4PM
WHERE: Hellmuth Rotating Gallery in The Heritage Center, 117 S. Fountain Ave.
Continental breakfast & lunch will be provided.


Frank J. Williams

A renowned expert on Abraham Lincoln, Chief Justice Williams was appointed to the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and has served as President of the Abraham Lincoln Association and former chair of the Lincoln Forum. He will look at the relationship between Lincoln and General Meade.

Dr. Peter Mansoor

A Colonel, US Army (Retired), military historian and professor at The Ohio State University. He will talk about Brigadier General John Buford at Gettysburg.

D. Scott Hartwig

A thirty-four year veteran of the National Park Service and Gettysburg’s supervisory historian for twenty years.  He was fundamental in the growth of Gettysburg’s on-site interpretation and living history programming and other education efforts. He will focus on the experience of the battle on July 2.

Tom Stafford

A reporter with the Springfield News-Sun for more than thirty years, Tom’s most beloved columns were those exploring local history topics. His focus will be on the Gettysburg address.