First Annual Author Conclave at Civil War Battlefields

Top Quote Award-Winning Savas Beatie Authors to Lead Battlefield Tours, Book Discussions, and Social Gatherings in Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. End Quote
  • York-Hanover, PA (1888PressRelease) June 26, 2013 - Savas Beatie LLC is excited to announce its first Author Conclave. Beginning on July 28, Savas Beatie staff and authors cordially invite all members of the general public to congregate for three days in Gettysburg, PA, Antietam, MD, and Leesburg, VA to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War-free of cost! Readers and history buffs of all experience levels will enjoy author-led battlefield tours, lively debate, and book discussions.

    Managing Director Theodore P. Savas is thrilled about the conclave's potential as a new tradition for authors and their readers. "We are very excited about our first Author Conclave," explained Savas. "It is a grand opportunity for all of us to discuss new writing projects and harness the power of collaboration." Savas continued, "Introducing the authors and readers, touring fields together, and connecting on a wide variety of levels will create a synergy that will help everyone. This unique learning experience will provide readers and battlefield enthusiasts with collective insights above and beyond what anyone could gain from reading a book independently, removed from the historic scene."

    Renowned historian and Conclave host Eric Wittenberg echoed these sentiments. "The opportunity to gather so many distinguished historians in one place presented an opportunity that I simply could not pass up. It will give everyone a chance to spend quality time with both historians and readers of our collected works in one of my favorite places," Wittenberg said.

    Longtime Savas Beatie reader Rea Redd, Civil War Librarian LLC, can't wait to join his favorite authors on the fields either, stating, "The Savas Beatie Authors [and Readers] Conclave may well become one of the memorable highlights of the 150th Anniversary of 1863. The event promises to be on the level of the National Parks battle walks of Chancellorsvillle and Gettysburg. Seven well-established authors touring four battlefields in three states over three days! Bring your maps, sun block, and, with a nod to U2, 'Get Your Boots On!'"

    For more information and the event schedule, please see below or visit the Savas Beatie website.

    Savas Beatie LLC is an award-winning military and general history publishing company, widely recognized by its tag line "Independent, scholarly, and a bit old fashioned." For more information, please visit


    Sunday, July 28: Gettysburg

    Morning (TBD): Lance Herdegen Tour - Gettysburg: July 1, 1863: The failure of Archer's Attack on McPherson's Ridge
    1:30 - 3:00 PM: Lance Herdegen Tour - Gettysburg: In the Bloody Railroad Cut: The Charge of the 6th Wisconsin
    3:30 - 5:00 PM: George Newton Tour - Gettysburg: Confederate Cannonade and Union Artillery on July 3, 1863
    7:00 PM: Informal Gathering at Reliance Mine Saloon

    Monday, July 29: Gettysburg

    8:30 - 10:00 AM: J. David Petruzzi Tour - Gettysburg: Buford on Day 1
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Eric Wittenberg Tour - Gettysburg: Farnsworth's Charge, July 3, 1863
    1:30 - 3:00 PM: David Shultz Tour - Gettysburg: Attack and Defense of the Union Center July 2nd - Pitzer Woods' Cause and Effect: The "Little Fight" That Changed It All
    3:30 - 5:00 PM: Eric Wittenberg and J. David Petruzzi Tour - Gettysburg: East Cavalry Field

    Tuesday, July 30: South Mountain, Antietam, and Ball's Bluff

    8:30 - 11:00 AM: Tom Clemens Tour - South Mountain: Fox's Gap, the Struggle for Key Terrain on South Mountain
    1:00 - 2:00 PM: Tom Clemens Tour - Antietam: West Woods, Crisis on the Confederate Left
    3:30 - 5:00 PM: Jim Morgan Tour - Loudoun County, VA: The Battle of Ball's Bluff

    Schedule with Meeting Places and Directions:

    There is no cost to attend. The general public is welcome to join us for any (or all!) of the tours. These are walking tours. Please dress appropriately for the weather and battlefield terrain.

    No transportation or meals will be provided. Please bring your own snacks, water, etc.

    Savas Beatie assumes no liability for any injuries or accidents that may transpire while these events are underway.

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