Description: Nobody knows the story of Plymouth, North Carolina. Nestled amidst the swamps and waterways of the eastern shore, the burned-out town of Plymouth served as a safe haven for fugitive slaves and Confederate deserters for more than two years. In April of 1864, however, the wasteland oasis became the site of a bloody battle and massacre—an engagement that some consider to be the last major Confederate victory of the war. The Confederate grip on Plymouth was eventually broken by a commando raid that Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles called “the most daring mission of the Civil War.” The story of Plymouth is one of blood, mud, tragedy, and freedom.
They Marched for Death: The Battles of Averasborough, Bentonville, and the Surrender at Bennett Place (Saturday)
Description: (Light to Moderate Walking) The Battles of Averasborough and Bentonville occupy an honored place in the Civil War era. Tinged with pathos, tragedy, and absurdity, these battlefields can tell us much about humanity in the midst of hard-won triumph and bitter defeat. The Civil War Trust’s tour will visit Averasborough, Bentonville, and the surrender site at Bennett Place. The tour will especially emphasize the personal experiences of the participants, in addition to offering interactive opportunities to more closely connect with the Civil War era.
Description: (Extensive Walking) We will have special arrangements to watch and take part in the variety of anniversary events occurring. The activities will be taking place all over the battlefield, and there will be extensive walking to reach the field where the reenactment is taking place. We won’t be able to provide transportation to the field, you will need to walk. There won’t be any seats for the reenactment; they offer 3 sections: Section 1 will be for those that want to sit on the ground, Section 2 will be for those that bring their own chairs, and Section 3 will be for those that wish to stand.
You will be on your own for the day, but there will be a Civil War Trust table available for you to visit with any questions. We will also have a brief lunch break and take you off site for lunch at a local restaurant, before returning for the afternoon events.
Mordecai Historic Park and Historic Raleigh Trolley (Sunday)
'Historic Homes Tour'
Description: (Minimal walking) Mordecai House is the oldest house in Raleigh that remains in its original location, and was also the birthplace of our 17th President, Andrew Johnson. It was once the site of the largest plantation in Wake County. The Trolley Tour will provide an historical overview of Raleigh, as well as driving by historic cultural sites, and museums.
Description: (Light to Moderate Walking Tour) Join our guides for a tour of the sites where one of the most important, but least known, Revolutionary War battles raged over 230 years ago. It is one and a half hour drive to Guilford Courthouse National Military Park where General Nathanael Greene's Southern Army fought British General Charles, the Earl, Cornwallis's army to a bloody standstill on 15 March 1781. There will be a brief video introduction to the engagement, followed by a short walk to the American first line where the heavy fighting began. A drive to the second line will follow before dismounting to walk a portion of the Second Line where the Virginia militia had a mixed performance in thick woods. The final stop will be at the Third Line where "Howard's Warlike Thrust" stabilized a collapsing American line prior to an orderly withdrawal. We will stand where North Carolina militia fought the Hessians bayonet to musket butt and Virginia militiamen engaged in a firefight that Otho Holland Williams claimed was the loudest he heard during the war. At the crucial Third Line we will walk from the Maryland positions where they outfought the British Guards, then go down to view where the 33rd Foot held a key hill against American Light Infantry before visiting the point of land where Cornwallis ordered his artillery to fire through American cavalry with his own men in the kill zone. Throughout the tour we will go over the strategic and tactical aspects of the "Invasion of North Carolina that led this costly battle where over a quarter of the British and Americans were casualties. The importance of the battle in relation to the ultimate Victory at Yorktown will be covered as well.