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March 2012 Color Bearer Tour

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
March 2-4, 2012

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Civil War Trust will hold its annual March Color Bearer Event in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on March 2-4, 2012. This event is open exclusively to Color Bearers.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, March 2, 2012

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Reception at The Bavarian Inn
Keynote speaker: Dr. Thomas Clemens, "Battle of Shepherdstown: Why it Matters"

Saturday, March 3, 2012

8:30 am to 5:00 pm Tour of the Antietam Battlefield with historians Scott Hartwig, John Hoptak and Garry Adelman

Sunday, March 4, 2012

8:30 am to 12:30 pm Tour of the Battle of Shepherdstown with Nicholas Redding

Event does not include hotel registration; attendees must make their own reservations.

Tours - Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fighting, Photos and the Emergence of a Battlefield Park with Garry Adelman: On foot and on coach, visit the key places where the battle was fought hardest, follow in Alexander Gardner’s footsteps to where he recorded photos that shocked the world, and tour the hallowed ground where the Park has grown, changed and emerged into the great battlefield we know today. The underlying theme of the tour is how we can better employ the most underused sources—photographs and the battlefield itself--to better understand American history, the Civil War and the Battle of Antietam. In this lively presentation, we will tour the Cornfield, Dunker Church, Bloody Lane, Burnside Bridge and a few other surprise locations off the beaten path. Expect roughly 1.5 miles of leisurely walking over mostly rolling ground in total.

"I Dread the Thought of the Place" with Scott Hartwig: This tour will combine walking and driving to examine the Battle of Antietam from both the commanders and the soldier’s perspectives.  The latter will be highlighted with battlefield hikes that explore specific pieces of the battle that help inform our understanding of the nature of the combat as experienced by the infantrymen and artillerymen.  This tour will also consider the people who lived upon what became the battlefield and how they coped with the battle that swept over their farms.  Finally, we will assess what the battle meant to the commanders, the soldiers and the country. This tour is full and currently only available on a waitlisted basis.

The Bloodiest Day's Leaders in Blue & Gray with John Hoptak: Lee, McClellan, and their Commanders at Antietam. This comprehensive tour of the Antietam Battlefield will focus on leadership at all levels of command, with an emphasis on the opposing army commanders: Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan. In addition to stops at the scenes of the battle's major actions--the Cornfield, Sunken Road, and Burnside Bridge--this tour will also make stops at the National Cemetery and at the Pry House where the strategies of the army commanders will be laid out. The tour will conclude with a two-mile hike, focusing on the much-maligned Ambrose Burnside as you walk in the footsteps of his Ninth Corps over land that has only recently been acquired by the National Park Service. This tour is full and currently only available on a waitlisted basis.

Color Bearer Tour Hotel


The Bavarian Inn
164 Shepherd Grade Road
Shepherdstown, WV

Reservations at this hotel are sold out. To get on the waitlist, please contact Bonnie Repasi at or 800-298-7878 ext. 7229 — and please make reservations at the Comfort Inn the meantime.

 The Comfort Inn
A fairly new property; 5 minutes from The Bavarian Inn

Call (304) 876-3160 to make your own reservations. Please ask for the Civil War Trust group room rate.

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