Annual Civil War Symposium

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

Saturday, April 27, 2024 

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:  Litchfield Opera House, 136 North Marshall Avenue, Litchfield, MN

The G.A.R. Hall, located at 308 N. Marshall Ave, Litchfield, will be open until 4:30 p.m.


NOTE:  Registration deadline to order meals and book Motor Coach seats is extended to April 14, 2024. 

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

 Additional Travel Information  

Civil War Symposium

c/o 5540 Sanibel Dr.

Minnetonka, MN 55343           



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

Welcome, Introductions and Announcements, Tom Hutchinson 

9:10 a.m.

What This Cruel War Was Over, the View from the Common Soldier, Dr. Chandra Manning

10:10 a.m. Minnesota Civil War Round Tables Brief Introductions
10:15 a.m. Break, Browse tables of books and memorabilia for sale, and Silent Auction
10:30 a.m. Slavery, Free Speech, the Media, and the Road to Civil War, Dr. Stefan Lund
11:30 a.m. Introduction to the G.A.R. and Historic Litchfield Hall, Danelle Erickson
Noon Lunch Break
1:15 p.m. Civil War Contraband Camps, Emancipation as a Refugee Crisis, Dr. Chandra Manning
2:15 p.m. Slavery vs. States Rights: The Seceding States’ Rationale for Disunion, Dr. Stefan Lund
3:15 p.m. Closing Announcements