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Welcome to WTCW!

Welcome to the Western Theater in the Civil War! Explore the site and join the community as we explore the most important theater of the war; where it was won and lost.

Check out our events page, where, in 2023, we have 10 opportunities for you to learn about the Western Theater in person and on the ground. You can also find an extensive list of book recommendations, and hundreds of articles to take you deeper into your Western Theater study.

Check back soon for a WTCW podcast launching in 2023!

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Upcoming Events

  • Symposium on the Field - Perryville
    Symposium on the Field - Perryville
    Fri, Oct 20
    Perryville, Kentucky
    Oct 20, 1:00 PM EDT – Oct 22, 12:30 PM EDT
    Perryville, Kentucky, Perryville, Kentucky
    Oct 20, 1:00 PM EDT – Oct 22, 12:30 PM EDT
    Perryville, Kentucky, Perryville, Kentucky
    We had such a great time in 2022 at Perryville that we decided to do it again! Select tours, detailing specific aspects of the battle, will be presented.
  • Buffington Island Battlefield Tour - Fall
    Buffington Island Battlefield Tour - Fall
    Sat, Nov 04
    Buffington Island Battlefield Park
    Nov 04, 10:00 AM EDT
    Buffington Island Battlefield Park, 56797 OH-124, Portland, OH 45770, USA
    Nov 04, 10:00 AM EDT
    Buffington Island Battlefield Park, 56797 OH-124, Portland, OH 45770, USA
    Battlefield tours at Buffington Island do not happen often, so join us for this special event!
  • Cavalry Actions in Western Kentucky
    Cavalry Actions in Western Kentucky
    Time is TBD
    Sacramento, KY 42372, USA
    Time is TBD
    Sacramento, KY 42372, USA
    Time is TBD
    Sacramento, KY 42372, USA
    Join the WTCW crew and Derrick Lindow as we explore two cavalry actions in Sacramento and Owensboro, Kentucky.
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Preservation Opportunities

Support Western Theater Battlefields!

The American Battlefield Trust has several efforts that include saving ground at Western Theater battle sites.  Please consider preserving our history by clicking on the links below to donate today!

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Help Preserve 311 Acres at Four Historic Battlefields

Western Theater On the Ground and Digital Learning Opportunities

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Seminar in the Woods
An annual deep dive into the Battle of Chickamauga.

March 10th & 11th, 2023
Join National Park historian Jim Ogden and noted Chickamauga author David Powell for this two day extravaganza.

For more information, click Learn More below

On the Ground and Digital Learning Opportunities are events focused on the Western Theater, but not hosted by this site. For more specific details, contact the hosts. If you are hosting a Western Theater event, and would like it posted, please contact us!

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