2018:   Special Events / Field Trips



Oak Grove Plantation (Godwin, NC) Events

Oak Grove Plantation, 8640 Burnett Rd, Godwin, North Carolina   28344

For more information, go to http://www.dunntourism.org/oak-grove-plantation-house/, or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Oak-Grove-Plantation-649590218440479/, or call Ron Lewis at (910-489-2907) for details.

Friday, February 23

  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.:   School Reenactment:   Call for RSVP, limited times available.   $3.00 Per Student/Adults Free.
  • *Plantation Tours

    *Cannon Firing

    *Fire Truck

    *Blacksmith

    *Period Cooking

    *Tar Pitch & Turpentine Demonstrations

    *View Soldiers Camps

    ~Great hands on learning opportunity~


Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25

  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.:   Battle of Black River Reenactment:   Open to the public.   $5.00 Per Person (Cash Only).
  • *Plantation Tours

    *Cannon Firing

    *Blacksmith

    *Period Cooking

    *Tar Pitch & Turpentine Demonstration

    *Spinning Wheels Demonstrations

    *View Soldiers Camps

    *Sutlers

    *Vendors

    *Food Vendors

    *Reenactments

    *Live Bands

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Contributions of Women and African-Americans During the Civil War

Saturday, February 24:   CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, 100 North Queen Street, Kinston, NC

  • 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.:   A lecture event celebrating the contributions of women and African-Americans during the Civil War.   Talks by Shannon Walker on women’s roles in medicine, Alex Christopher Meekins on the 1st North Carolina Colored Volunteers, and Reginald Hildebrand on attaining freedom in 1865.   This event is free and open to the public.   For more information, go to http://www.nchistoricsites.org/neuse/neuse.htm or call (252) 522-2107 for details.

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Goldsboro Railroad Bridge Battlefield Tour

(The Raleigh Civil War Round Table is organizing a trip to this event for its members.)

Saturday, March 3:   Goldsboro Railroad Bridge Battlefield, 303 Old Mt. Olive Road, Goldsboro, NC

  • 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.:   This event, open to the public, will begin with a battalion demonstrating infantry training and artillery practice.
  • As to amenities, there is no food on site but fast food facilities are close by.   Rest room facilities are available.
  • At approximately 11:30 a.m., Randy Sauls will lead us in a tour of the battlefield, starting from the flagpole.   The tour will last about an hour.   Randy is responsible for resurrecting the battlefield from neglect and is the 2018 recipient of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table's Gatton Award.

For more information 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.

Directions:   The Goldsboro Railroad Bridge Battlefield is southwest of Goldsboro.   From Goldsboro, take Hwy. 117 southwest about two miles.   After crossing the Neuse River, turn left at the first road you intersect.    This is the old Mt. Olive Highway.   You will be at the battlefield.   The parking area is identified as such.   The battlefield is about 1.5 hours by road from the Raleigh area. Allow sufficient time to arrive by 10:00 a.m.

                  

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Bentonville Battlefield

Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18:   Bentonville Battlefield, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks, NC   27524

  • 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.:   Experience years of military weapons and technology.   Reenactors from multiple time periods will set up to showcase how the American military has changed through the centuries.   Various weapons demonstrations will occur throughout the day.   This special event is free, and open to the public.   For more information, go to http://www.nchistoricsites.org/bentonvi/ or call (910) 594-0789 for details.

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

April 10, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and; April 16, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.:   ALL FOUR TOURS ARE SOLD OUT, but there is a wait list and they may add additional dates, so sign up if interested.   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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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:

5th Annual National Ed Bearss Symposium on Military Leadership & Combat

April 4-8, 2018:   Five-Day Symposium (based at the Hampton Inn, 955 Lesher Road, Chambersburg, PA   17201)

Each day includes a bus and walking tour and/or symposium.   Featured speakers include Edwin Bearss, Steve Bockmiller, Jim Schmick, and others.   Sessions cover all aspects of American military history.   Topics include:

  • The decisive 1814 battle of Baltimore, which saved the city from destruction and yielded our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner
  • Frontier forts in the Cumberland Valley with Fort Loudon and Fort McCord
  • The National Civil War Museum
  • The U.S. Army War College
  • Other sites
  • Shepherdstown (Antietam) battlefield (optional)
  • Historic confederate graves (optional)
Click here for the official brochure, including symposium and tour details, pricing, and registration.   


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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    Petersburg National Battlefield

    (The Raleigh Civil War Round Table is organizing a trip to this event for its members.)

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

    • 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.:   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 all 16 of the designated sites on the 33 mile trail.
    • 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 7:00 a.m. and arriving at the Eastern Front Visitor Center at approximately 9:15 a.m.

    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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    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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