Special Events / Field Trips

2019:   Special Events / Field Trips



Study Trip and Lecture -- Raleigh Occupied, Spring 1865

Apr. 30, 2019:    10:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.   The McKimmon Conference and Training Center, NC State University, 1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC   27606.

On April 13, 1865 morning, Raleigh surrendered to advancing Union armies lead by General William T. Sherman.   Join Dr. Ted Kunstling, President of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table, for a lecture and study trip as he describes the time when Raleigh was occupied by an invading force.

This event, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), is currently sold out but you can add your name to a waiting list (for cancellation or additional date).   To do so, go to https://learn.mckimmoncenter.ncsu.edu/search/publicCourseAdvancedSearch.do?method=load and search on the following Course #:   LLI-5-005.

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A Campaign of Giants:   The Battle for Petersburg, Part I

May 1 (7:00 p.m.) - May 4 (5:00 p.m.), 2019:   Tour headquartered at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Southpark Mall, 403 East Roslyn Road, Colonial Heights, VA   23834.

This tour is offered by America's History LLC as a companion to A. Wilson "Will" Greene's 2018 book A Campaign of Giants:   The Battle for Petersburg, Volume 1.   Will Greene, himself, will lead the tour.

This tour of the Petersburg Campaign is divided into three days:

  • Day one covers the First Offensive of June 15-18, 1864, involving wide-ranging attacks that pushed back two Confederate defensive lines.
  • Day two covers the Second Offensive of June 22-24, 1864, involving movements across the Jerusalem Plank Road toward the Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad as well as the massive Wilson-Kautz cavalry raid.
  • Day three unfolds on both sides of the James River and covers the Third Offensive of July 27-29 (Battle of First Deep Bottom) and July 30 (Battle of the Crater).

Complementary hot and cold buffet breakfast for Hampton Inn & Suites guests is offered each morning.   In addition, included is motor coach transportation, three lunches, beverage and snack breaks, a map and materials package, all admissions and gratuities, and the services of an experienced tour guide/historian.

For more details and to register for this tour, visit the America's History website at http://americashistoryllc.com/category/tours/upcoming-tours/?method=load.   The cost is $495.00.   You must also make a reservation at the headquarters hotel by calling (804) 520-7333.   The tour's block rate has already sold out but rooms are still available at an AARP or AAA rate of $141.55 per night plus tax.   If you have any questions or problems, contact Bruce Venter at (703) 785-4373.

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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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From Groundbreaking to Breathtaking — The First Gala of the New American Civil War Museum Facility at Historic Tredegar

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Computer-generated image of the new facility (with glass façade)

May 2, 2019:    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar, 500 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA   23219

Following 18 months of construction, the new facility at the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, VA will open to the public on May 4th, 2019.

Two days prior to that, however, on May 2, 2019, the site will host a reservation-only Gala to celebrate its opening.   The cost is $250 per ticket and supports the American Legacy Capital Campaign.   This identifies the ticket holder as a Committee Member with the following perks:

  • Listing in the Gala Program
  • Viewing of the museum after the Gala
  • Cocktail reception
  • 2 guest passes to the ACWM

Please arrive at 6:00 p.m. for a cocktail hour, dinner, and performances.   Tony Award-winning television and movie actress, and Lynchburg, VA native, Faith Prince will be the emcee and performer for the evening.   Following dinner, a ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open the new, state-of-the-art facility and you will be welcome to tour the building.    The dress code for the event is business attire.   To register for the event, visit https://19552.blackbaudhosting.com/19552/Gala-and-Ribbon-Cutting.

This newsletter editor visited the construction site of the new Museum facility on March 26, 2019.   The photo to the left shows the actual current status of construction.   Notice that the entrance way arch is from the original building in that spot.   The glass façade encases remnants of the walls of the rest of the original structure.   Exterior work is almost complete — what remains is to finish the interior layout and install the artifacts from the closing White House of the Confederacy Museum.

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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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