Annual Civil War Trust Conference

Jackson, Mississippi
Wednesday, May 29 - Sunday, June 2, 2013
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What is Included in the Annual Conference

Join Civil War Trust members and staff, along with some of the nation's elite historians for four days of camaraderie and Civil War touring at some of America's great Civil War battlefields in Mississippi. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend; anyone is welcome to register.

Conference Registration Fee for Unvexed to the Sea: The Vicksburg Campaign includes:

Tour guides
Conference program
Name tags
breakfast, lunch, a reception, and a Saturday banquet
... And more!

Fee does not include hotel registration; attendees must make their own reservations. See hotel information »



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Tentative Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm            Registration
6:00 - 9:00 pm                  Exhibits Open
8:00 - 9:00 pm                  Photo Extravaganza Presentation
                                              with Garry Adelman
                                              Civil War in the West

Thursday, May 30, 2013

6:30 – 8:00 am                  Continental Breakfast
7:30 am - 2:00 pm             Registration Open
8:00 am – 12:00 pm           History Talks
8:00 am – 12:30 pm           Tour off site for Color Bearers
8:00 am – 9:00 pm             Exhibits Open
1:00 – 2:30 pm                  Opening Lunch
2:30 – 5:00 pm                  Panel discussions/Lectures (see below)
6:30 – 8:30 pm                  Reception and Author Dinner
                                         for Color Bearers with Dr. Timothy Smith
                                         American Battleground:
                                         A Sesquicentennial Examination
                                         of Civil War Battlefield Preservation

Friday, May 31, 2012

6:30 am – 8:00 am    Breakfast Buffet
7:00 am – 9:00 am    Exhibits Open
8:00 am – 5:30 pm    Off-site Touring
6:45 pm – 9:00 pm    Reception at the Old State Capitol Museum

Saturday, June 1, 2013

6:30 am – 8:00 am    Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am – 5:30 pm    Off-site Touring
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm    Reception, Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Sunday, June 2, 2013

8:00 am – 10:00 am    Breakfast, Civil War History Talk and Question and Answer Session with Trust President, Jim Lighthizer

Invited Speakers and Historians

Invited speakers include Edwin C. Bearss, Parker Hills, Timothy Smith, Terrence Winschel, Matthew Atkinson, Michael Ballard and John Marszalek.


Panel Discussion

Vicksburg Campaign Leadership with: Dr. Michael Ballard: John C. Pemberton: His Best Was Not Good Enough; Dr. Gary Joiner: David Dixon Porter: Taking Control of the Father of Waters; Dr. John Marszalek: Ulysses S. Grant and the Strategy of Camaraderie.


Hilton Jackson Hotel
1001 East County Line Road
Jackson, Mississippi

The Civil War Trust room block at the Hilton Jackson is SOLD OUT.  However, we were able to secure several rooms at a $139 rate for a small group of rooms. Call 1-888.263-0524 and ask for group code CWT2, or use this link to make your reservation.


Overflow Hotel

 Drury Inn & Suites Jackson

610 East Country Line Rd.
Ridgeland, MS 39157

The group rate is $103.95/night.  Benefits include a hot breakfast, early evening reception, one hour of free long distance every night, free wireless internet access and soda/popcorn from 3-10pm every evening in the lobby.

Make reservations at

Reservations must be made before April 27, 2013.



More information to be added soon.



Online Registration: $515 per person before January 31, 2013; after January 31st the fee is $565.
Registration by Phone or Mail: $525 per person before January 31, 2013; After January 31st the fee is $575.



Additional Items of Interest

For those of you extending your stay in Mississippi here are some options you may wish to consider:

Vicksburg National Military Park will hold 150th commemoration events May 23 – 27, 2013. Learn more at

Jackson CVB

Vicksburg CVB

The Campaign for Vicksburg: Commemorating 150 Years

Mississippi Civil War Discovery Trail Sites



Old Capitol Museum:

Vicksburg National Military Park:

Battle Focus:


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