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Civil War Symposium: Bridges Over Troubled Waters

October 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - October 22, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Battlefield terrain features and obstacles have been studied by numerous historians and are the blessing or curse of many military commanders throughout time. The American Civil War is no different with many examples of rivers, streams and ravines playing a role in defining battles. Some already had bridges in place such as the Burnside Bridge at Antietam and other bridges had to be constructed as in the case of the pontoon bridge across the James River. Many of these bridges played a vital role in the battles surrounding them and others were a silent witness to the carnage and fighting between opposing forces. This year’s Pamplin Historical Park Symposium, with an prominent cast of speakers, examines both literally and figuratively examples of “Bridges Over Troubled Waters.”
The conference will be held on Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22, 2023 at Pamplin Historical Park’s Museum of the Civil War Soldier and Education Center in Dinwiddie, Virginia and will feature presentations from seven outstanding historians: Peter Cozzens, Jerry Desmond, Bradley M. Gottfried, A. Wilson Greene, John Hennessy, Scott Mingus, Sr. and Brian Steel Wills.

For more information or to register, call a reservation specialist at 877-726-7546 or click this link to register online today. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Download a printable flyer and registration form by clicking here.

The Symposium begins at 6:00 pm with a Welcome Reception for all attendees at Pamplin Historical Park’s National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, located at 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA.

Park Members pay $339 per person and non-members pay $379. The price includes all lectures, the Friday night reception, two mid-morning coffee breaks, two lunches, and the Saturday night banquet.

*Not a member, but interested in joining? Click here or call Member Services, 877-726-7546 .

Speakers & Topics:

Peter Cozzens
The Battle of Davis Bridge

Jerry Desmond
High Bridge at Farmville

Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried
Bridges at Battle of Antietam

A. Wilson Greene
Brown’s Ferry at Chattanooga

John Hennessy
Stone Bridge at Manassas

Scott Mingus, Sr.
Wrightsville Bridge

Dr. Brian Steel Wills
Battle of Resaca/Oostanaula River