Scholarly Seminars:

Oak Ridge “Attack and Defense” 

September 22-24, 2023

The Association’s seminar program was established by President Fred Hawthorne in 1991 as a way of showcasing the talents of the Licensed Battlefield Guides.  Though many, many organizations have copied the concept and put on their own scholarly weekend seminars, the ALBG annual effort is highly rated after over a quarter-century in operation.





Guides Involved:

October 25-27,1991 The1st Day at Gettysburg: Alamo of the Civil War Gary Kross, Keith Toney, Wayne Motts
October 29-31, 1992 The 2nd Day at Gettysburg: Day of Decision Jim Clouse, Charlie Fennell, Roy Frampton, Louise Friend, Dave Friend, Don McLaughlin, David Richards
October 15-17, 1993 The 3rd Day at Gettysburg: Desperate Valor Elwood Christ, Charlie Fennell, Fred Hawthorne, Hans Henzel, Wayne Motts, Bill Ridinger, Dave Weaver, Skip Wensyel
October 21-23, 1994 Cavalry at Gettysburg: A Tactical Appraisal Bill Bowling, Jim Clouse, Charlie Fennell, Charlie Hathaway, Gary Kross, Wayne Motts, Larry Wallace
April 28-29, 1995 Little Round Top: Truth and Fiction Paul Cooksey, Dave Richards
October 26-28, 1995 The 1st Day at Gettysburg: The Great Battle Begins Gary Kross, Wayne Motts, Mike Phipps, Tim Smith
April 26-27, 1996 Culp’s Hill: The Forgotten Battle Charlie Fennell
October 24-26, 1996 Gettysburg: Then & Now Interpreting the Battlefield Through Early Photography Bill Frassanito, Garry Adelman, Tim Smith
April 18-20, 1997 The Wheatfield: Bloody Cauldron of Death Charlie Fennell, Dave Richards,
October 23-26, 1997 Brigades & Batteries: Famous Units at Gettysburg Eric Campbell, Paul Cooskey, Alan Crawford, Wayne Motts, Trish Murphy, Tim Smith
April 24-26, 1998 Pickett’s Charge: Comprehensive Overview of the Greatest Frontal Assault of the Civil War Wayne Motts
October 2-4, 1998 The Medal of Honor at Gettysburg Roy Frampton
September 17-19, 1999 “Lee’s Retreat” Charlie Fennell
Mar 31 to Apr 2, 2000 Cemetery Hill: Witness to History Gary Kross, Jim Clouse, Wayne Motts, Jim Hueting, Tim Smith, Roy Frampton, Deb Novotny
September 1-3, 2000 “Action Front” The Artillery at Gettysburg Charlie Hathaway, Tim Smith, Fred Hawthorne, Phil Cole, Rich Kohr, Jim Hueting, Charlie Fennell, Wayne Motts
May 11-13, 2001 “Charge Bayonets!” The Infantry at Gettysburg CANCELLED
2002 NONE HELD *
2003 NONE HELD *
2004 NONE HELD *
April 9, 2005 “No one ever received a more important command” Maj Gen George Gordon Meade Guillermo Bosch, Tony Nicastro, Kavin Coughenour
September 9-11, 2005 “The war had…been brought to our very door” Gettysburg July 1, 1863 Sue Boardman, Charlie Fennell, Bob Housch, Rich Kohr, Wayne Motts, Tim Smith
September 8-10, 2006 “No Brigade Commander at Gettysburg Rendered More Decisive Service: A Comprehensive look at Little Round Top and Culp’s Hill July 2 and 3, 1863 Sue Boardman, John Cox, Charlie Fennell, Jim Hueting, Wayne Motts
September 7-9, 2007 “So Outrageously and Persistently Misrepresented”  A Reappraisal of the 11th Army Corps at the Battle of Gettysburg Stuart Dempsey, George Newton, Charlie Fennell
September 5-7, 2008 “Was Sickles Right? “Hottest Iron on the Bloodiest Day” A Thorough Examination of Longstreet’s Attack on July 2. Stuart Dempsey, George Newton, Ralph Siegel, Tim Smith, Rich Kohr
September 11-14, 2009 Brigades at Gettysburg: Profiles of the Famous and Forgotten Guillermo Bosch, Rich Kohr, George Newton, Dave Richards, Stuart Dempsey, Charlie Fennell
June 5, 2010 “Draw sabres! Charge!!”: Selected Cavalry Actions at Gettysburg. John Krepps, Dave Hamacher, Andie Custer
September 10-12, 2010 “From the Jaws of Victory”: Command and Control in the Army of Northern Virginia Bill Hewitt, Dave Richards, Charlie Fennell, Don Walters, Jim Martin, Tony Nicastro.
April 8-9, 2011 “Into the Jaws of Hell” The Struggle for Devil’s Den. Tim Smith, Rich Kohr, John Winkleman
September 9-11, 2011 The Irish at Gettysburg Phil Lechak, Rich Bellamy, John Fitzpatrick, Stuart Dempsey, Dave Donahue
April 13-14, 2012 The Gettysburg Medals of Honor Gary Roche, Roy Frampton, Renae MacLaughlin
September 7-9, 2012 Brigades at Gettysburg II: North and South Andie Custer Donahue,  Dave Hamacher,  Stuart Dempsey, Dave Richards,  Christina Moon, Charlie Fennell.
April  12-14, 2013 Pickett’s Charge! Wayne Motts, Kavin Coughenour, George Newton, Woody Christ
September 13-15, 2013 Retreat and Aftermath of Gettysburg Stuart Dempsey, Charlie Fennell, Mike Vallone, Phil Lechak
April 11-12, 2014 Monocacy: The Third Invasion Rich Kohr
Fall 2014 NONE HELD *
April 10-11, 2015 The Union Right Flank – The Other High Ground Phil Lechak, George Newton, John Archer, Dean Shultz
September 11-13, 2015 The Battle Between The Barns: The Fight for the Emmitsburg Road Ridge Kavin Coughenour, Phil Muskett, Don Walters, John Archer
April 8-9, 2016 Wearing the Green: The United States Sharpshooters at Gettysburg Wayne Motts, Dean Harry, Charlie Fennell
September 9-10, 2016 Cemetery Hill: The Critical High Ground Dean Harry, Bobby Housch, Stuart Dempsey
April 7-8, 2017 Commanders in the Wheatfield, the Rose Farm and the Action in the Wheatfield Rob Abbott, Tim Smith, Steve Slaughter
April 13-14, 2018 Duels, Fire-Fights and Outright Bedlam: Artillery Actions of July 2, 1863 Dave Donahue, Ralph Siegal, John Archer, Ed Suplee, Don Walters
September 7-9, 2018 Playing by the rules: How Gettysburg commanders Tested Military Theory. Dr. Carol Reardon, Christina Moon, Stacy Kilts, Ellen Gonslaves, Mary Turk-Meena
November 8-9, 2019 Gone, But Not Forgotten Dave Weaver, Fran Feyock, Rick Schroeder, Britt Isenberg, Eric Lindblade, John Baniszewski
May 1-2, 2020 Overlooked & Often Not Visited: Ridges, Farms & Other Battle Sites Tony Nicastro, Jim Hessler, Dean Shultz, Chris Army, Jim Hueting
September 23-25, 2022 Hancock’s Second Corps: “Do you see those colors? Take them!” Rob Abbott, Chris Army, Dave Donahue, Doug Duds, Charlie Fennell, John Fitzpatrick, Jim Hessler, Joe Mieczkowski, Steve Slaughter, Jessie Wheedleton.