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Elmira Civil War Symposium
July 26-28th, 2024
Elmira, New York

Sponsored by Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp & Elmira College



2nd Annual Elmira Civil War Symposium

July 26-28, 2024

The Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp and Elmira College are sponsoring a symposium Friday, July 26 through Sunday  July 28, 2024. Presentations will cover a range of topics related to Elmira’s Civil War history. Scheduled activities will take place on the historic Elmira College campus.

Keynote Speaker
Wayne Motts

“From Elmira to Gettysburg: Elmira Connections to America’s Greatest Civil War Battle” Situated just north of the Pennsylvania border, along the banks of the Chemung River, Elmira with its population of nearly 27,000 persons in 1860 was soon to play a key role in the American Civil War. Elmira sent her own sons to war, and played a key role as a Union rendezvous, muster point, training location and eventually a prisoner of war camp. Join historian, battlefield guide, and author, Wayne E. Motts as he explores some personal stories between Elmira and the Battle of Gettysburg. Wayne E. Motts is the President Emeritus & Historian of the Gettysburg Foundation, which is the non-profit philanthropic partner of the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site. Wayne is the author of Trust in God and Fear Nothing: Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, CSA, and the co-author with James A. Hessler of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg the Most Famous Attack in American History. Wayne has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for 36 years.

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Friday night parking is in the lot on McGee street. Use the south entrance facing the pond for Cowles Hall.


Saturday parking for the lectures is in the lot behind Meier Hall.


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