The Civil War Trust held its 18th Annual Conference in June, this year in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee. More than 400 attendees spent four days touring the Chattanooga and Chickamauga battlefields, with some of the nation’s elite historians, and celebrating the Trust's 30th Anniversary. Thank you to everyone who attended!
Our next Annual Conference will be May 30–June 3, 2018, in Newport News, Virginia.
(16 photos in gallery)
Tour Group Atop Lookout Mountain
A tour group stands atop Lookout Mountain, with Civil War Trust’s Director of History and Education Garry Adelman, and Education Manager Kris White in front, holding Civil War-era photographs.
Cannons on top of Lookout Mountain
Civil War Trust member and photographer extraordinaire Buddy Secor captured this beautiful moment atop Lookout Mountain, looking down at the Tennessee River. Buddy is one of the members of the Civil War Trust's Distinguished Photography Corps, a group of volunteer professional and semi-professional photographers who donate their exceptional work to the Trust for use in the magazine, website, and other media.
Color Bearer Tour of the Tennessee Valley Railroad
Civil War Trust Color Bearers tour the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, with tour guide Mark Brainard. On Thursday morning of the conference, Color Bearers had the opportunity to participate in special, extra, half-day tours.
Jim Ogden leads Civil War Trust Color Bearers on Eli Long’s Cavalry Raid tour
Historian Jim Ogden leads Color Bearers through a tour of Eli Long’s Cavalry Raid at the Battles of Chattanooga. On Thursday morning of the conference, Color Bearers had the opportunity to participate in special, extra, half-day tours.
Group at Brown's Ferry
Tour guide Parker Hill leading his tour group at Brown’s Ferry on the Tennessee River - a piece of land recently acquired by the Civil War Trust.
Chattanooga and Chickamauga History Talk
Civil War Trust’s Doug Ullman and Kris White give a lively, 30-minute, overview of the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, on the first night of the Annual Conference, to get attendees excited for the week ahead.
Tour Group in downtown Chattanooga
Historian Parker Hill leads a tour in downtown Chattanooga. This year’s conference offered 15 different tours of the Chattanooga and Chickamauga area.
Friday Night on the Tennessee River
Attendees enjoyed a lovely evening on the Southern Belle on Friday night, cruising down the Tennessee River. The evening included dinner, cocktails, and a tour of the Civil War Trust’s newly-acquired property at Brown’s Ferry.
Sunset at Orchard Knob
Civil War Trust member and photographer Buddy Secor captured this beautiful moment at Orchard Knob.
Garry Adelman’s Photo Extravaganza
The Civil War was the first war to be extensively photographed and, for the first time in history, the public was exposed to real-life images of the gruesome toll of battle. Civil War Trust members at Garry Adelman’s Photo Extravaganza, on opening night of the Conference.
In-Depth Battle of Chickamauga Tour
Author and historian Dave Powell leads an in-depth tour of the Battle of Chickamauga.
Civil War Trust Color Bearers Ben and Nancy Crago showing off their tour gear for the day.
Tour of Orchard Knob
Civil War Trust members on a tour of Orchard Knob, led by Jim Ogden.
Civil War Trust members at the Closing Banquet
Civil War Trust guests Jill Hodges, Anthony Hodges, Mary Ann Peckham, Tom Darden, and Superintendent of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Brad Bennett.
President Jim Lighthizer with Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn President Jim Lighthizer with Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn
Civil War Trust President Jim Lighthizer presents a Preservation Award to Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn. Rep. Blackburn has been instrumental in helping the Civil War Trust throughout the years.
Civil War Trust scholarship winners and sponsors pose with President Jim Lighthizer at the closing ceremony
Every year at the Annual Conference, several scholarships are generously given to deserving students and teachers of the Civil War.