Special Events / Field Trips

2018: Special Events / Field Trips



Two Weeks of Fury - Carolinas Campaign Tour & Symposium

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

NOTE:   Some of the areas covered in the upcoming Carolinas Campaign Tour and Symposium, “Two Weeks of Fury” were affected by floodwaters and remain inaccessible due to road closings.   Therefore, the seminar scheduled for September 28-30, 2018 has been postponed.   Since the presenters are willing to reschedule, a new date in April or early May, 2019 will be announced shortly.

Current registrations will be honored for the rescheduled date.   Anyone wishing a full refund should notify the sponsor of the event, Friends of Bentonville Battlefield, up to 30-days prior to the new date.   Anyone wishing a full refund, please notify Amanda Brantley at amanda.brantley@ncdcr.gov, or by phone at (910) 594-0789.

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School of the Soldier

September 29, 2018.   10:00 am to 4:00 pm; and, Sep. 30, 2018.   10:00 am to 3:00 pm:   Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham, NC   27705

Bennett Place State Historic Site

Watch as soldiers perform basic drill, cook and sleep while in the field.   Learn about the different weapons used during the war as well as the flags they carried.   There will be weapons demonstrations throughout the day each day. Free, but donations greatly appreciated.   For details, contact the Bennett Place Staff at 919-383-4345 or by email at bennett@ncdcr.gov, or go to School of the Soldier.

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Petersburg National Battlefield Artillery Demonstration

September 30, 2018.   1:00 pm to 4:00 pm:   Petersburg National Battlefield, Eastern Front Unit Visitor Center, 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, VA   23803

Petersburg National Battlefield

The Eastern Front Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield presents an artillery demonstration by the Pegram Battery (CSA), showing the steps involved in firing a Civil War cannon.   Free.   For details go to Artillery Demonstration

or contact Ranger Maggs Vibo at 804-732-3531 ext. 222 or by email at Margaret_Viboolsittiseri@nps.gov with any questions.

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UNC Ceremony and Reception Honoring Dr. Margaret Bauer

October 5, 2018:   Friday Conference Center, University of North Carolina, 100 Friday Center Dr, Chapel Hill, NC   27517

Friday Conference Center

  • Fri., Oct. 5:   6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.   The North Carolina Humanities Council’s Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Margaret Donovan Bauer as the recipient of the 2018 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Council’s most prestigious honor.
  • The award will recognize Dr. Bauer for her lifelong achievements as a professor, editor, scholar, author, and supporter of literature in North Carolina.   As a feature of the ceremony, guests will enjoy an exclusive author conversation, "Southern Literature and the Humanities" with international bestselling author and winner of the 1997 National Book Award for Fiction for Cold Mountain, Dr. Charles Frazier.   Dr. Liza Wieland, Professor of English and Associate Dean in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at ECU, will interview Dr. Frazier during the conversation.   As part of the evening's events, Dr. Bauer will also discuss Scarlett O'Hara of Gone with the Wind fame.

    As the Rives Chair of Southern Literature and Harriot College of Arts and Science Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University, Dr. Bauer has dedicated her life to literature.   She is the author of works including William Faulkner’s Legacy (2005), and A Study of Scarletts:   Scarlett O’Hara’s Literary Daughters (2014), as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.   Since 1997, she has been the Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, advocating for Southern literature and serving as an inspiration and mentor to a myriad of Southern writers.

    In 2007, Dr. Bauer was named one of the ten ECU Women of Distinction and received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.   In 2017, she notably received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor given by the Governor of North Carolina.   She is a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.   She currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Paul Green Foundation and is a Board Trustee of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

    The cost of admittance to the Ceremony and Reception is $25.00 per General Admission Ticket, which includes entrance to the Welcome Reception at 6:00 pm, the Ceremony at 7:00 pm, and a Closing Reception to follow:

    • Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.
    • Formal business attire is recommended.
    • Parking is free.

    Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here and then clicking on the green button labeled "TICKETS".   For questions or special assistance, contact, Melanie Moore (704) 687-1524 or via email at mmoore@nchumanites.org.

    Please note ticket sales end September 17 and all ticket sales are final.   Tickets will not be available at the door.   Seating is limited to 350.   By purchasing a ticket(s) you consent for your photograph to be taken and publicized in connection with the 2018 Caldwell Award.

    About: The John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities pays tribute to exceptional individuals who throughout their lives and careers have strengthened the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolinians.   The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.   For more information visit http://www.nchumanities.org.

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    Pamplin Historical Park Tour - RCWRT Trip

    October 6, 2018:   Pamplin Historical Park, Petersburg, VA

    Pamplin Historical Park Battlefield Center

    The Raleigh Civil War Round Table has organized a final field trip for 2018.   RCWRT members are invited to join a trip to tour Pamplin Historical Park, located in Petersburg, VA, on Oct. 6, 2018.   We will depart Raleigh by automobile at 8:00 am with an estimated time of arrival of 10:00 am.   The Park is divided into five parts plus a Battlefield Center.   The itinerary, with estimated times, is as follows:

    Event Time
    Leave Raleigh by Automobile From Meetup Location 8:00 am
    Drive to Petersburg, VA 8:00 am - 10:00 am
    National Museum of the Civil War Soldier 10:00 am - 10:45 am
    Tudor Hall Plantation and the Field Quarter 11:00 am - 11:45 am
    Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Military Encampment and Fortification 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
    Battlefield Center 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Banks House 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
    Breakthrough Trail 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Return to Raleigh 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Arrive Back in Raleigh 6:30 pm

    We will interrupt our tour to have a leisurely lunch at a nearby restaurant and then return for the balance of the tour.   The time required for the tour itself is approximately five-to-six hours.

    Admission is $12 to $13, depending on your age, and includes the services of a guide if we have a minimum of ten participants.   We need to know of your intent to participate as soon as possible so that a guide can be reserved.   To sign up and obtain details on meetup location, please contact Jack Milani, Trip Coordinator, at (919) 838-3670 or 1huntmstr@gmail.com

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    Bentonville "Follow the Fight" Tour

    October 6, 2018.   11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm:   Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, 5466 Harper House Rd, Four Oaks, NC   27524

    Bentonville Battlefield

    Tours leave from the Battlefield's Visitors Center and will cost $5.00 per person, with children 12 & under free.   For details, go to Follow the Fight Tour, call 910-594-0789, or send email request to Information - Friends of Bentonville Battlefield.

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    Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours -- 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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Robert E. Lee Symposium:   The Shenandoah Campaigns and Harpers Ferry

November 2-4, 2018:   Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry-Charles Town, 4328 William L Wilson Fwy, Harpers Ferry, WV   25425.

Stratford Hall, home of the Lees of Virginia, announces this year's Robert E. Lee Symposium:   The Shenandoah Campaigns and Harpers Ferry.   Spend the weekend in historic Harpers Ferry!   The symposium includes lectures by renowned historians, exclusive tours of Harpers Ferry and surrounding battlefields, and the opportunity to socialize with other history lovers.

Harpers Ferry, located on the border between North and South, changed hands eight times during the Civil War and witnessed five battles.   The historic town has been restored to its Civil War era and its battlefields are well-preserved reminders of Harpers Ferry's strategic importance.

For detailed information, visit https://www.stratfordhall.org/events/robert-e-lee-symposium-the-shenandoah-campaigns-and-harpers-ferry/.

The last day to register for the entire symposium and all symposium options is Oct. 19, 2018.   Contact Jon Bachman at (804) 493-1972 or jbachman@stratfordhall.org to register.   A block of rooms has been reserved at the Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry-Charles Town.   Call (304) 535-6302 for reservations.

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