2018:   Special Events / Field Trips

Raleigh's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department Offers an Adult Program Trip:   Raleigh Occupied 1865

May 9, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and; May 10, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.   You also have the option of getting wait-listed for either of the two May dates in case someone cancels.   Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults, Millbrook Exchange Park (1901 Spring Forest Road), Raleigh, NC.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.:   Raleigh's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers a trip back into time through Raleigh and the Civil War.    Early on a rainy April 13, 1865 morning, Raleigh surrendered to advancing Union armies lead by General William Tecumseh Sherman.   Come along as Dr. Ted R. Kunstling, President of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table, takes you back in time when Raleigh was occupied by an invading force.   Visit the historic structures still standing and sites which witnessed these dramatic events.

Begin the trip with an informative presentation by Dr. Kunstling at the Mordecai House followed by a historical trolley tour of Raleigh.   (You are asked to bring a $10 donation with you the day of the trip to go to the Raleigh Civil War Round Table.)   Learn what it was like in Raleigh and hear the stories of the participants and residents who lived during this historic time.

Due to limited trolley space, two tours will be offered on this day.   Each trip will be exactly the same and will be leaving from and returning to the Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults.

For Raleigh's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department's official flyer for this event, which provides detailed information including pricing and the registration form, click here.   The Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults may be reached at (919) 996-4720.

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Washington County Historical Society Annual Living History Event

April 28-29, 2018:   The Port o’ Plymouth Museum, 302 East Water Street, Plymouth, NC   27962

The Washington County Historical Society holds its annual living history event in Plymouth, N.C.   Two battle reenactments, an evening “Fireside Feast”, “Dueling Narrators” debate, children’s recruiting station, period music, troop encampment, book signers, free museum entrance, and more.   Re-enactment only $5, other events additional.

For more information, click here.   You may also call the Port o’ Plymouth Museum at (252) 793-1377.

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The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center Event on Civil War Medicine

May 5, 2018:   CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC   28501   27962

The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston, NC holds an event on Civil War medicine.   Gary Riggs discusses wounds, nursing, diseases, and other issues.   Displays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.   Free with regular admission ($5 for adults).

For more information, click here.   You may also call (252) 522-2107.

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Petersburg National Battlefield

Saturday, May 19:   Petersburg National Battlefield, 1539 Hickory Hill Road, Petersburg, VA   23803

(The Raleigh Civil War Round Table is organizing a trip to this event for its members the weekend between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.)

As to a bit of background information, Grant moved his troops from Cold Harbor toward Petersburg, VA in 1864 but was unsuccessful in his attack.   Thus began the 292-day siege of Richmond and Petersburg.

Grant had 110,000 men versus Lee’s 45,000.   Grant alternated his attacks on Richmond and Petersburg, requiring Lee to shuttle his troops back-and-forth on interior lines.

Petersburg was important to Lee because it had five railroads and many other accesses to supply Richmond.

On March 31st, 1865, the battle of Five Forks began.   This has been described as the beginning of the end and the Waterloo of the Confederacy.   Upon breaking through at Petersburg, Grant pursued Lee to Appomattox where Lee surrendered on April 9th.

  • 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. (Park Hours):   This 2,700 acre park contains a 16-stop driving tour which takes visitors through all four units of Petersburg National Battlefield:   General Grant's Headquarters at City Point (present day Hopewell), Virginia; The Eastern Front (where the initial assaults and the Battles of the Crater and Fort Stedman occurred); the Western Front, where intense fighting continued as Grant's Army encircled the city struggling to destory the last of Lee's supply lines; and the Five Forks Battlefield, a battle in which the outcome would eventually lead to the Confederates' retreat to Appomattox.
  • We will begin our visit at the Eastern Front Visitor Center where you can view an overview video which will help you gain a general understanding of this 292-day event.   The displays and artifacts within the visitor center provide insight into how intense the fighting was at Petersburg, as well as how miserable life was for soldiers living in trenches.   After exploring the visitor center, our goal is to visit the highest priority designated sites on the 33 mile trail.   These will include Grant’s Headquarters at City Point, The Crater, and the five separate battles at Five Points.
  • For more information on the Petersburg National Battlefield, go to https://www.nps.gov/pete/index.htm.

We will travel by car from Raleigh to the Petersburg National Battlefield, leaving Raleigh at 8:00 a.m. and arriving at the Eastern Front Visitor Center at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Click here for the jump-off point and trip itinerary. For more information on the trip logistics and/or to express an interest in ride sharing, please contact Jack Milani at mailto:1huntmstr@gmail.com.   He can also be reached at home at (919) 848-3670 or via cell at (919) 630-7105.

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Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours Announces Their 2018 Schedule

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours (Chambersburg, PA) is a nonprofit organization with a portion of their event proceeds going toward battlefield preservation, with over $200,000 in donations raised since their founding in 1989.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours offers a special Round Table discount of 10% when three or more members from the same Round Table register for one of their complete weekend packages.   For details, please contact Lark Plessinger by phone at (717) 264-7101 ext. 206 or by email at lplessinger@chambersburg.org, or visit http://www.civilwarseminars.org.

Early Bird Pricing - Save $30 when you register for a Generals or Complete Weekend Package by February 1, 2018. Use code EARLY30 when registering online.

Their 2018 Civil War seminar and bus tour schedule is listed below:

Roads to Gettysburg:   Brandy Station and Second Winchester

July 25-29, 2018:   Six-Day Symposium (based at the Hampton Inn, 955 Lesher Road, Chambersburg, PA   17201)

The six-day Symposium features Eric Wittenberg, J.D. Petruzzi, Jerry Holsworth, Jeff Wert, and others as they follow the Blue and Gray on their roads to Gettysburg.   The event also includes the following associated bus and walking tours in northern Virginia:

  • Early actions of the campaign in Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville
  • Brandy Station, the site of the largest cavalry battle in North America
  • The newly restored Second Winchester battlefield where Confederates opened the gates of the great Valley for the invasion of Pennsylvania
  • Battlefield sites of the legendary Gray Ghost, John S. Mosby

Click here for the official brochure, including symposium and tour details, pricing, and registration.

Mr. Lincoln’s City & John Wilkes Booth Escape Tour

October 10-14, 2018:   Five-Day Symposium (based at the Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott, 5220 Westview Drive, Frederick, MD   21703)

The five-day Symposium features bus and walking tours of Mr. Lincoln’s Washington and John Wilkes Booth Escape Route (both led by Joan Chaconas and Dr. Ed Steer).   Sites to be visited will include the following:

  • Ford’s Theatre
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Old Soldiers’ Home where Lincoln visited
  • Surratt Tavern
  • Dr. Mudd House

Dr. Gordon Dammann leads a bus and walking tour of historic Frederick, Maryland entited "Amongst the Clustered Spires:   Touring Civil War Frederick".   Sites to be visited include the following:

  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery -- view graves of Confederate soldiers, Francis Scott Key, Battle of Monocacy and Barbara Fritchie
  • Historic Hessian barracks -- wartime hospital
  • Roger Brooke Taney Law Office and grave
  • Historic churches used as hospitals during the war
  • Behind-the-scenes visit to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  • And more!

Bonus tours will include the following:

  • “In the Footsteps of the Presidents” seeing unique places visited by Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, LBJ, and Dwight D. Eisenhower at Gettysburg, Antietam, and the Cumberland Valley
  • Click here for the official brochure, including symposium and tour details, pricing, and registration.

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    2018 Cape Fear History Symposium at Fort Caswell -- Focus on Forts

    August 24-25, 2018:   100 Caswell Beach Rd, Oak Island, NC   28465

    The history of United States coast defense — a story written in weathered landmarks from coast to coast.   Click here for a schedule of the symposium and details on the speakers and their topics.   For registration and other information, please visit http://www.fortcaswell.com/cfhs or call (910) 278-9501 on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.



    Fort Caswell is located on the eastern end of Oak Island, NC, about 35 miles south of Wilmington and just over 70 miles north of Myrtle Beach.   Nearby attractions include Southport, Bald Head Island, Battleship NC, and the Fort Fisher Aquarium and State Historic Site.

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    Two Weeks of Fury - Carolinas Campaign Tour & Symposium

    September 28-30, 2018:   Wise's Forks, Monroe's Crossroads, Averasboro, and Bentonville


    Please note:   only 100 tickets will be sold for the main tours (Monroe's Crossroads, Averasboro, and Bentonville) and symposium, which run from the evening of September 28 to midday on September 30.   Only 25 tickets will be sold for the optional tours of Wise's Forks battlefield and the CSS Neuse Museum in Kinston, NC on the morning and afternoon of Sept. 28.

    For more information and to register, click here.   The sponsor of the event, Friends of Bentonville Battlefield, may be reached at (910) 594-0789 ext 203.

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