Annual Civil War Symposium

American Civil War education – a day’s worth of knowledge for everyone

Saturday, April 1, 2023 

The Rochester, Cannon Valley, Central Minnesota, Hiawatha Valley, Minnesota Valley, Albert Lea, Twin Cities and Litchfield G.A.R. Civil War Round Tables partner to jointly sponsor this Civil War Symposium.

Location:  Bloomington Event Center, 1114 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, MN


To register for symposium: Send REGISTRATION FORM with check, payable to TCCWRT to:  


Civil War Symposium

c/o 5540 Sanibel Dr.

Minnetonka, MN 55343           



8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions and Announcements, Brett Johnson 

9:10 a.m.

Naval Advances of the Civil War, Dave Page

10:00 a.m. Minnesota Civil War Round Tables Brief Introductions
10:15 a.m. Break, Browse tables of books and memorabilia for sale
10:30 a.m. The Effie Afton (Railroads) Trial of 1857, George Romano
11:15 a.m. Uncle Sam’s Webbed Feet: Union Gunboats and Supply Transport on Western Waters, Dr. David Gerleman
Noon Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. Railroads in the Civil War, Leroy Harris
1:45 p.m. Engines of War: The Horsing of Civil War Armies, Dr. David Gerleman
2:30 p.m. The Great Locomotive Chase (The General), George Romano
3:15 p.m. Closing Announcements