2013 Grand Review
September 20-22, 2013
What is the Grand Review?
The Grand Review is by invitation only, open to all Brigade, Division, Corps and National Color Bearers, as well as Founding Color Bearers. We’ll meet in Richmond, VA, September 20 – 22, 2013. The weekend tours will focus on the Battles of Spotsylvania Courthouse and Fredericksburg, with historians Robert K. Krick, Gordon Rhea and Frank O'Reilly. The Grand Review Includes:
an intimate dinner gathering
... And more!
Robert K. Krick, Gordon Rhea and Frank O'Reilly
Tentative Schedule of Events
Friday, September 20
4:00 – 9:00 pm Registration
8:30 - 9:30 pm Lecture by Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr.
Saving Private Sneden:
Bringing a Lost Civil War Treasure to Life
Saturday, September 21
7:30 – 8:30 am Registration
8:00 - 8:30 am Load buses for tours
8:30 am – 5:00 pm Tours to Fredericksburg or Spotsylvania Courthouse
6:30 – 10:00 pm Dinner Banquet with Guest Speaker Trace Adkins (Civil War Trust Board Member and Country Music Singer)
Sunday, September 22
8:30 – 9:30 am Insider's Briefing Breakfast
with Jim Lighthizer
10:00 am – 12:30 pm 1/2 day tour off-site (Virginia Historical Society OR Hollywood Cemetery)
MODERATE WALKING. This tour will include Grant’s withdrawal from the Wilderness, Warren’s assault at Laurel Hill, Upton’s attack at Doles’ Salient, the Confederate response to the Union assault at the Bloody Angle, the establishment of Lee’s new line, and the Union assault of May 18. If time permits, we will also visit the site of the Battle of Harris Farm and briefly stop on our way back to Richmond at Yellow Tavern.
Gordon C. Rhea has authored six award-wining books about the Overland Campaign, including The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864; the Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7 – 12, 1864; To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13 – 25, 1864; and Cold Harbor, Grant and Lee, May 26 – June 3, 1864. A frequent lecturer throughout the country on military history and a practicing attorney, he has appeared on the History, A&E, and Discovery networks and has written numerous articles in scholarly and popular publications. He is an ardent supporter of the Civil War Trust and regularly leads tours for the Trust and for other battlefield preservation organizations.
MODERATE WALKING. This tour will travel across Spotsylvania Battlefield by bus, and walk into the historic fields and woodlots to reach decisive points. Four walks will cover a total extent of about four miles of walking. The bus will meet the tour guide on the Brock Road, and Walk #1 will cross the Spindle Farm to the goal of the initial race for the crossroads. Walk #2 will follow Upton’s attack to its target, Doles’ Salient. Walk #3 will go to the Landrum House ruins and follow Hancock’s attack on the morning of May 12, then continue to the renowned Bloody Angle. Walk #4 will follow the course of Lee’s Last Line, the site of the most substantial surviving earthworks in central Virginia.
Robert K. Krick was for thirty years the Chief Historian of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, and is the author of several histories, including Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain (University of North Carolina Press) and The Smoothbore Volley that Doomed the Confederacy: The Death of Stonewall Jackson and Other Chapters on the Army of Northern Virginia (Louisiana State University Press).
LIGHT TO MODERATE WALKING. The Battle of Fredericksburg, fought December 11-15, 1862, was one of the largest and deadliest of the Civil War. It featured the first major opposed river crossing in American military history. Union and Confederate troops fought in the streets of Fredericksburg, the Civil War’s first urban combat. And with nearly 200,000 combatants, no other Civil War battle featured a larger concentration of soldiers. Tour stops will include Chatham, the pontoon crossing, Slaughter Pen Farm, Prospect Hill, the Sunken Road and the stone wall. Much of this will be easy walking, but there will be a few opportunities for moderate walking at some stops and those not up for the walk are welcome to stay with the bus.
Frank A. O’Reilly is a National Park Service historian in the Fredericksburg area, and is the author of The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003). His work has received numerous literary awards.
Operating as a cemetery since 1849, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for President James Monroe and President John Tyler, as well as Governor William A. “Extra Billy” Smith, General JEB Stuart, General Fitzhugh Lee, Jefferson Davis and Douglas Southall Freeman just to name a few. The Pyramid is an important monument to visit, honoring the approximately 18,000 Confederate soldiers buried nearby.
Founded in 1831, the Virginia Historical Society’s mission is “connecting people to America’s past through the unparalleled story of Virginia.” Their exhibits include the artwork of Private Robert Sneden, a unique exhibit showing their collection from the Virginia Manufactory of Arms and the Four Seasons of the Confederacy murals, commissioned by the confederate Memorial Association and painted by Charles Hoffbauer.
"The Battles For Spotsylvania Court House And The Road To Yellow Tavern, May 7-12, 1864" by Gordon Rhea | Purchase »
The Jefferson Hotel ** SOLD OUT**
101 West Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Parking: $12/night for self-parking or $16/night for Valet Parking
A block of rooms is being held at The Jefferson Hotel. The group room rate is $177++/night. Reservations must be made by Monday, August 19, 2013 to ensure the group rate. Rooms could be sold out before that time, so please make your reservations early. Please call (800) 424-8014 or (804) 788-8000 and let them know you are with the Civil War Trust.
Linden Row Inn
100 East Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Parking: $12/night for Valet Parking or Self-parking on the street
There is also complimentary shuttle service within a 2 mile radius from the Linden Row.
A block of rooms is being held at Linden Row Inn. The group room rate is $119++/night. Please call (800) 348-7424 or (804) 783-7000 and request the "Civil War Trust Overflow Block".
*If you have any questions or are unable to access our website please contact Bonnie Repasi at email@example.com or (800) 298-7878, ext. 7229.
Q: Where is The Jefferson located, and what parking is available?
A. The Jefferson is located at 101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Valet parking is $16/day, or you can self-park in a lot directly adjacent to the Jefferson for $12/day.
Q. Do I need to stay at The Jefferson Hotel to participate in the Grand Review?
A. No. You can stay anywhere!
Q. Even though I’m not staying at The Jefferson, can I still take advantage of the meals that are advertised for the Grand Review?
A. If you are registered for the Grand Review, we are planning for you to participate in the meals you signed up for when you registered with us.
Q. What are the transportation choices from the Richmond Airport to The Jefferson Hotel?
A. The Jefferson does not have an airport shuttle. If you prefer not to rent a car, you can catch a cab at the airport, or arrange for a car to pick you up. A typical taxi fare is $30-$35/one way. You can arrange a taxi or car to pick you up by contacting the concierge at The Jefferson at 804-649-4615. Fees vary, but a town car would typically cost about $95/one way. Recommended car service companies are:
A Personal Touch (Barry) 804-564-4716
Ron’s Luxury Car Service (John) 804-400-9667
T & T Car Service 804-965-0990
There might be a hotel shuttle service (stops at a few hotels to drop people off) of some sort that could be less expensive. Can you take a look and see if there is anything like that?
Q. Will I receive a confirmation of the tours and meals that I signed up for?
A. Yes! We’ll be mailing a welcome letter by September 6th. The only need to contact us upon receiving your letter would be to request a tour change or let us know if there are any changes in your plans.
Q. I am on the wait list for a tour, when will I know if I get moved to that tour?
A. If a tour is full, and you would like to be placed on the wait list, we will move you on in the order in which you were placed on the wait list. Unless you tell us that you want to be taken off the wait list, we’ll move you on and you will be informed of the change when a spot becomes available. You will receive your personal itinerary at registration in your welcome letter that will be sent out no later than September 6th, as well as one on September 20th when you pick up your registration materials at The Jefferson. Your personal itinerary will indicate which tours you are on.
Q. What if I would like to change my tours?
A. You can change your tours by contacting Bonnie Repasi at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we have space on a tour, we will do our very best to accommodate your request to change tours.
Q. Why is my personal itinerary so important?
A. Your personal itinerary will provide you with important details about your weekend. You will have information about when your tour lines up for departure. We will not hold a bus for you if you are tardy, so please be sure to be on time.
Q. What is the weather like in Richmond during the time we’re there?
A. The weather in September should be in the high 70’s/low 80’s during the day and high 50’s/low 60’s in the evening. There is always a chance of rain, so please be prepared with an umbrella and/or rain jacket. Also, it is advisable to bring sunscreen and bug spray.
Q. Will there be Civil War Trust merchandise for sale at the Grand Review?
A. Sorry, we are not going to have merchandise available for you to purchase during the Grand Review.
Q. Is there any recommended reading to prepare for the areas we’ll be exploring during the Grand Review?
A. Yes! A list of recommended reading can be found on this page.
Q. What is the attire during for the activities scheduled during the Grand Review?
A. Friday night lecture: Business casual attire is suggested. For tours on Saturday and Sunday please dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. Casual clothing, comfortable clothing and closed toed walking shoes are recommended. We recommend cocktail/business attire for the dinner on Saturday night.