Civil War Weekend
We look forward to welcoming you to Virginia Tech’s beautiful campus for our annual Civil War Weekend. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn new perspectives on the Civil War era while enjoying fellowship with other history enthusiasts.

This year’s theme is “The Information War.” Although wars are ultimately decided on the battlefield, intelligence, propaganda, and even rumors play pivotal roles. We’ll explore the influence of different types of information on the course of the Civil War, ranging from Lincoln’s use of the telegraph to photographs and newspapers to communication among enslaved people. A highlight of the weekend will be a first-person portrayal of Confederate spy Rose Greenhow. 

You can also join us for an optional two-night field trip to Fredericksburg, VA. Led by renowned tour guide and retired National Park Service historian John Hennessy, we’ll study the changing nature of warfare at the epicenter of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. In addition to exploring the historic town of Fredericksburg, site of the remarkable Union failure of December 1862, we’ll visit sites connected to Grant’s Overland Campaign of 1864. 

Whether this is your first Virginia Tech Civil War Weekend, or you’ve been attending ever since the first meeting in 1991, we look forward to welcoming you to the group and sharing our curiosity about this endlessly fascinating period of American history. See you in March!

Paul Quigley
James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies
Director, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Location Information


Guest Room Rate for Conference Attendees:

  • $129.00 per room, per night based on single occupancy plus applicable tax
  • $149.00 per room, per night based on double occupancy plus applicable tax
  • $10.00 each additional person, per day plus applicable tax

All reservations must be made by no later than February 21, 2024. After that date, you agree that we may offer unused rooms held in your block to other customers to reduce our losses and your obligations under the performance clause. Any additional reservation requests by your attendees received after this date will be honored on a rate and space available basis only.


Friday, March 22  4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 23   7:30 am - 9:00 pm    
Sunday, March 24  7:30 am - 11:00 am

Sunday, March 24  11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday, March 25  7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26  7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Additional Information

Extend your Civil War Weekend experience with an optional two-night field trip to Fredericksburg, Virginia. Leaving directly from the Inn at Virginia Tech on March 24, we'll travel together by charter bus to Fredericksburg, our base for the next two days. 

The cost of the Spring Campaign includes accommodation, all meals, tours, and round-trip transport between Blacksburg and Fredericksburg. Space is limited so please register right away!

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