Images from Gathering of Civil War Eagles 2014

Photos by Teri Sparks Carr

"In all my years of going to Civil War events, this was by far my favorite. These men absolutely made the Civil War come alive with their portrayals of the generals."

Suppose the War Between the States was over; the principal Commanders and both Presidents survived and all were gathered together for a round of discussions regarding the contest.
Now suppose you had the opportunity to be at this "gathering" in the form of a representative of the press; able to ask questions of these knowledgeable individuals.
"A Gathering of Civil War Eagles" in Winchester Virginia offers just such an opportunity. The Nation’s most prominent impressionists of Lincoln, Grant, Davis, Lee, Longstreet, AP Hill, Ewell, Sherman and many others engage in debates throughout the weekend and offer themselves to you for those questions you've always wanted to ask.
The annual "Gathering of Civil War Eagles" is not just a seminar of authors and others who have read of the many exploits of the contest, but instead a seminar of learned individuals who bring the characters to life, and YOU are there as an inquiring mind with questions that only they can respond to appropriately.
Held in the original 1840's Winchester Virginia Courthouse in beautifully restored downtown Winchester, you will be transported back in time.
Courtroom space dictates occupancy to 100 spectators, therefore early registrations are encouraged. Send an email to to reserve your place.


1865 dawned dark and gloomy for the Confederacy.  Lincoln had been re-elected;  Grant had Lee pinned in the Petersburg trenches after a bloody Overland Campaign.  Sherman was moving through the Carolinas.  There was little Joe Johnston could do to stop him.  Hood’s Army of Tennessee had virtually been destroyed at Franklin and Nashville.  To those with any measure of objectivity, the War would see its end in 1865, or, the ugly specter of guerilla warfare would continue the blood-letting on an ugly new front.  Our program will take you through the crushing and final defeat of the Confederacy’s armies, and the ignominious end of its Government.  We will discuss Lincoln’s Assassination and its effect on Southern reconstruction.  And, in a rare opportunity for students of the Civil War, you will hear what happened to many of its leading lights, both men and women, after the War ended






Photo courtesy Doreen Valenza