Special Events / Field Trips

2019:   Special Events / Field Trips



"Two Weeks of Fury" Carolinas Campaign Tour and Symposium

Apr. 5-7, 2019:   Monroe's Crossroads, Averasboro, Bentonville, and, optionally, Wise's Forks and the CSS Neuse Museum in Kinston, NC.

Sponsored by Friends of the Bentonville Battlefield, the "Two Weeks of Fury" Carolinas Campaign Tour and Symposium will begin with an optional half-day on Friday, April 5, at Wise's Forks and the CSS Neuse Museum in Kinston, NC.   Friday evening will include a key-note lecture with dinner at The Barn at Broadslab.   Saturday's tours begin with a rare trip to Monroe's Crossroads battlefield and a guided tour of Civil War Fayetteville and Averasboro.   Saturday will wrap-up with an intimate meet and greet at Bentonville Battlefield featuring heavy hors d'oeuvre and drinks.   Sunday will conclude with a guided tour of Bentonville Battlefield.

Tickets include two meals, snacks, water, soda, and Saturday evening hors d'oeuvre and drinks.   Your price includes venue admissions and a copy of Mark Moore's Historical Guide to Bentonville, an excellent map guidebook of the Carolinas Campaign.   The price for the event will be $350 or $395 if you include the Kinston trip on Friday afternoon.

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 April 5th to midday on April 7.   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 afternoon of April 5th.   As of Jan. 30th, only 15 tickets remain for the main tours/symposium and only 5 tickets remain for the optional Friday April 5th Wise's Forks and Kinston events.

For more information, visit the website https://historicsites.nc.gov/events/two-weeks-fury-tour-and-symposium-bentonville-battlefield, contact Amanda Brantley at (910) 594-0789, or email her at amanda.brantley@ncdcr.gov.

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Bennett Place:   Civil War Park Day

Apr. 6, 2019:   10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, NC   27705.

This national workday for volunteers is a cooperative effort between the Civil War Preservation Trust and Civil War historic sites across the United States.   Come out and support your local Civil War site.

Projects this year include:   replacing and updating the split rail fence in the picnic area, landscaping the picnic area and clearing the Bennett family cemetery.   Projects are subject to change.

This is a great family event and open to all ages and abilities.   This event begins at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude approximately by 2:00 p.m.   Those interested in coming out to help are requested to bring rakes, gloves and headgear.   The Bennett Place Support Fund, will provide light snacks and water for all participants.   Meet at the visitor center at 10:00 a.m.

For more information, visit the website at https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/bennett-place, or contact the staff at (919) 383-4345 or by email to bennett@ncdcr.gov.

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Fort Fisher:   American Battlefield Trust Park Day

Apr. 6, 2019:   8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Fort Fisher, 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd South, Kure Beach, NC   28443.

Calling all volunteers!   On Saturday, April 6, 2019, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host Park Day, an annual hands-on event sponsored by the American Battlefield Trust, which brings history enthusiasts together with staff members to help preserve our nation’s heritage sites.   Fort Fisher welcomes volunteers of all ages and skill levels.

This year’s activities will include painting the numerous artillery guns and carriages around the site.   Groups will also be needed to assist in cleaning up brush, leaves, and debris from around the site.   Volunteers are asked to register in advance by calling (910) 251-7342 and are asked to assemble in the parking lot by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event.   Tools and gloves will be provided.   Volunteers will receive a free Park Day T-shirt and lunch provided by the Friends of Fort Fisher, the support group that supports the site and all its programming.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher, or contact John Moseley at (910) 251-7342 or by email to john.moseley@ncdcr.gov.

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Maritime History of the American Civil War:   Louis M. Goldsborough, USN

Apr. 20, 2019:   2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   The Mariners' Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA   23606.

Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough (Feb. 18, 1805 – Feb. 20, 1877) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy during the American Civil War.   He held several sea commands during the Civil War, including that of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.   He was also noted for contributions to nautical scientific research.

John V. Quarstein is a renowned historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners' Museum & Park.   Join him as he describes Goldsborough's early success in February 1862 in coordinating with troops under General Ambrose Burnside to capture Roanoke Island and destroy a small Confederate fleet.

Learn how Goldsborough then ruined his reputation by refusing to be placed under General George McClellan's direct command in the amphibious Spring 1862 Peninsula Campaign and ended up sitting out the rest of the war, being confined to administrative duty in Washington, D.C.

Lectures are FREE for Mariners' Members and included in the $1 Museum admission for non-Mariners' Members.   For more details about this lecture or to reserve your seat online (as seating is limited), please visit MarinersMuseum.org/Lectures.

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Bennett Place:   154th Anniversary Surrender Commemoration Event

Apr. 27, 2019:   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,

Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, NC   27705.

Join in remembering the events that occurred inside the home of James and Nancy Bennett 154 years ago.   This year there will be a focus on the U.S. colored troops and how their role changed during the course of the war.   There will also be special guided tours that will take the visitor inside the home to learn about the negotiations that took place in the parlor.   Guest speakers this year are Earl Ijames from the NC Museum of History and author David Silknat.

This event is open to the public.   Admission is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child.

For more information, visit the website at https://www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com, or contact the staff at (919) 383-4345 or by email to bennett@ncdcr.gov.

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The Port o’ Plymouth Museum:   Living History Weekend

Apr. 27 and 28, 2019:   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.   The Port o’ Plymouth Museum, 302 East Water Street, Plymouth, NC   27962.

NOTE:   The Raleigh CWRT is sponsoring a field trip to this event for its members on April 27 (only).   We plan on leaving Raleigh at 7:30 a.m. and returning by 6:30 p.m.   For more information on meeting location 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.

Now celebrating its 29th year, the Washington County Historical Society’s annual Living History Weekend is one of North Carolina’s premier Civil War events.   Known for its intimate feel and beautiful riverfront setting, the weekend-long event features two battle reenactments, an evening “Fireside Feast”, “Dueling Narrators” debate, children’s recruiting station, period music, troop encampment, book signers, and more!

This event is open to the public and entrance to the museum is free.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.portoplymouthmuseum.org/events, or contact the museum staff at (252) 793-1377 or by email to admin@portoplymouthmuseum.org.

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National Ed Bearss Symposium and Tours:   Military Leadership and Combat

May 1-5, 2019:   Symposium based at the Hampton Inn, 955 Lesher Road, Chambersburg, PA   17201.

Featuring Larry Alexander, Ted Alexander, Scott Anderson, Steve Bockmiller, Steve French, Col. Douglas Mastriano, David Moore, Thomas J. Ryan, Dr. Richard Sommers and Martin West.   Special guest Edwin Bearss!

Exploring American military history!   Tours of the following:   Civil War sites in southern Pennsylvania including Monterey Pass; military history sites in Washington County, Maryland including the Hagerstown Aviation Museum; the Forbes Campaign of 1758 featuring stops at Fort Ligonier, Bushy Run Battlefield and more.   Talks also given by the historians listed above.

Deluxe continental breakfast for Hampton Inn guests each morning.   Each participant will receive a packet of tactical maps and a name badge.

For full itinerary and pricing, go to http://civilwarseminars.org/?page_id=398.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours has been hosting Civil War Tours for more than 28 years.   Experience a guided battlefield tour led by the experts including Eric Wittenberg, Edwin Bearss, Dennis Frye, Carol Reardon, John Schildt, Daniel Toomey, Ed Steers, Joad Chaconas, J.D. Petruzzi, Jeffrey Wert, Steve French, Ted Alexander, and others to deliver an unforgettable experience.   Special discounts are available for Civil War Round Table members.   

For more information, visit the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours website at http://www.civilwarseminars.org, or contact Lark Plessinger by phone at (717) 264-7101 ext. 206.

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Maritime History of the American Civil War:   Last Days of CSS Virginia

May 11, 2019:   2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   The Mariners' Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA   23606.

The Battle of Hampton Roads between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (March 9, 1862) signaled the beginning of the Age of the Ironclads.   Afterwards, the CSS Virginia retired to the Gosport Naval Yard at Portsmouth, Virginia, and remained in drydock for repairs until April 4.   In the following month, the crew of Virginia were unsuccessful in their attempts to break the Union blockade.

John V. Quarstein is a renowned historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners' Museum & Park.   Join him on the 157th anniversary of the self-destruction of the CSS Virginia as he describes the final weeks of the CSS Virginia and the end of her existence when she was run aground off Craney Island near Hampton Roads and blown up by her own crew to prevent her from falling into the hands of oncoming Union troops and ships.

Lectures are FREE for Mariners' Members and included in the $1 Museum admission for non-Mariners' Members.   For more details about this lecture or to reserve your seat online (as seating is limited), please visit MarinersMuseum.org/Lectures.

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Maritime History of the American Civil War:   Summer on USS Monitor

June 8, 2019:   2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   The Mariners' Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA   23606.

After the Confederates were forced to destroy CSS Virginia as they withdrew from Norfolk in early May, USS Monitor sailed up the James River to support the Union Army during the Peninsula Campaign.   The ship participated in the Battle of Drewry's Bluff later that month and remained in the area giving support to General McClellan's forces on land.

John V. Quarstein is a renowned historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners' Museum & Park.   Join him as he describes the Summer of 1862 aboard the USS Monitor and how the time spent on the river was marked with inactivity and hot weather which had a negative effect on the morale and health of USS Monitor's crew.

Lectures are FREE for Mariners' Members and included in the $1 Museum admission for non-Mariners' Members.   For more details about this lecture or to reserve your seat online (as seating is limited), please visit MarinersMuseum.org/Lectures.

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Antietam:   The Bloodiest Day -- Civil War History Conference and Tours

July 23-28:   Symposium based at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown, MD   17201.

Featuring Tom Clemens, Dennis Frye, Kevin Pawlak, Wayne Motts, Carol Reardon, John Priest and many others at the LARGEST Antietam Conference ever held!

More than 25 of the top historians and tour guides in the Civil War history field will cover diverse topics such as the opposing forces, medical care, photography, the historic Dunker Church and more.   In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage in micro tactical tours of the battlefield, and the campaign led by expert guides.

Early Bird Pricing – Save $30 when you register for a Generals or Complete Weekend Package by April 1, 2019.   Use code EARLY30 when registering online.

Note:   All participants are responsible for arranging hotel accommodations at www.wyndhamhotels.com for the seminar, which is not included in tour price.   $110/night double occupancy plus tax.   Special pricing for participants based on room availability.   When making hotel reservations, mention Chambersburg Civil War Seminars / Lark Kennedy.   Use code 072319LAR.

For full itinerary and pricing, go to http://civilwarseminars.org/?page_id=29.   Register online at http://business.chambersburg.org/events/details/antietam-the-bloodiest-day-27802.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours has been hosting Civil War Tours for more than 28 years.   Special discounts are available for Civil War Round Table members.   For more information, visit the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours website at http://www.civilwarseminars.org, or contact Lark Plessinger by phone at (717) 264-7101 ext. 206.

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Life on Campaign:   Summer Living History at Bentonville Battlefield

August 24, 2019:   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bentonville Battlefield, 5466 Harper House Rd, Four Oaks, NC   27524.

Hear the roar of cannon fire!   Learn how artillery regiments loaded and fired during the Civil War.   Infantry displays by the 27th NC Co. D will showcase a common soldier’s daily life.   Demonstrations will occur throughout the day.   This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Amanda Brantley at (910) 594-0789 or email her at amanda.brantley@ncdcr.gov.

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23rd Annual Civil War Symposium:   Small Battles, Big Results!

October 18 @ 9:00 a.m. - October 20 @ 5:00 p.m., 2019.   Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA   23803.

The 23rd Annual Civil War Symposium at Pamplin Historical Park presents some of the nation’s greatest Civil War scholars as they talk about Small Battles, Big Results.   The authors and topics are as follows:

  • Mr. Peter Cozzens:    Battle of Iuka
  • Mr. Jerry Desmond:    Battle of Ringgold
  • Mr. Rod Gragg:    Battle of Fort Fisher
  • Mr. Jeff Hunt:    Battle of Mine Run
  • Mr. James Morgan:    Battle of Ball’s Bluff
  • Dr. Timothy Smith:    Battle of Champion Hill
  • Dr. Brian Steel Wills:    Battle of Fort Pillow

Space is limited and pre-registration and payment is required for the Symposium.   A letter of confirmation will be sent to all registrants.   Call (804) 861-2408 or visit http://www.www.pamplinpark.org for more information and to register today.   See and print the registration form here.

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