Annual Conference 2018
Rob Shenk / Civil War Trust

Tours

Annual Conference: May 30–June 3, 2018

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Annual Conference registration includes Friday and Saturday tours.

Walking and Mobility: If you have limitations, please take note of the statement regarding the amount of walking anticipated on each tour that is included in bold at the end of its description.

Friday Tours

Battle of Williamsburg with Drew Gruber

Description: In a driving rainstorm just east of the old colonial capital of Williamsburg, two largely untested armies battled in ravines and dense underbrush for over twelve hours with unprecedented results. Visitors to the ‘Historic Triangle’ rarely seek out the Williamsburg battlefield and even fewer know where to find it.  Join Drew Gruber for a day-long tour as we explore this pivotal yet largely forgotten battle. Tour stops will include Fort Magruder, Redoubt Park, the “Bloody Ravine” and more! We will drive from site to site, but this tour will involve walking on both hard and natural, wooden, and hilly surfaces.

Battle of Yorktown with Robert “Bert” Dunkerly

Description: The 1781 Yorktown siege was the culminating event of the American Revolution.  Our tour will follow the progression of the siege, by visiting all the major sites where the actions happened. The tour will begin in the visitor center to take in the exhibits. Other stops will include the British earthworks, the French and American siege lines, and end the site of the Surrender ceremony.  We will tour by bus, with four stops with moderate walking on flat ground.

Explore the Civil War at Fort Wool with J. Michael Cobb

Description:  Historic Fort Wool is strategically located on a small island of granite rocks at the entrance to Hampton Roads Harbor. President Andrew Jackson sought haven from the White House and governed America from the secluded island for extended periods of time. Here he forcefully confronted the Nullification Crisis of 1832-1833, foreshadowing the American Civil War. At the same time Robert E. Lee, a West Point-trained army engineer, guided the construction of the bastion’s casemates. In 1861 the mighty Sawyer rifled cannon mounted on the wharf shelled the Confederate batteries at Sewell’s Point. On March 9, 1862, Fort Wool’s cannon fired at the C.S.S.Virginia during the epic naval Battle of Hampton Roads. Standing on Fort Wool ramparts, President Abraham Lincoln watched the Federal fleets assault on Norfolk. Come aboard the spacious Miss Hampton cruise boat and explore Fort Wool. From Fort Wool’s matchless vantage point, scan the expansive Hampton Roads Harbor and imagine the heroic events that shaped the Civil War in Virginia on land and sea! Please note that this tour will utilize a cruise ship to land us at Fort Wool. Those who have a fear of deep water or experience seasickness should take precautions prior to boarding. The cruise will last approximately 3 hours. Additional stops will include Hampton History Museum and The Mariners’ Museum.

“It is astonishing that everyman did not fall…”: A Hiking Tour of Gaines’s Mill, Malvern Hill, and Cold Harbor with Kristopher D. White

Join Kristopher D White for a day of history and hiking across some of the most iconic locations of the Richmond area battlefields. Follow in the footsteps of the largest massed attack in the east, at Gaines’s Mill. Hear the stories of horror and heroism as we hike across the plain of Malvern Hill. And traverse the fields and woods of what many consider to be a dark cloud over Ulysses S. Grant’s career, at Cold Harbor. Please expect approximately 6 miles of hiking along trails, through woods, and across fields. ** Note: there will be 1 1/2 hr bus ride each way on this tour.**

The Civil War on the Virginia Peninsula with J. Michael Moore

Description: Confederate and Union leaders alike recognized that the Virginia Peninsula, situated between the James and York rivers, was strategically important in the first few months of the Civil War. Fort Monroe, located at Old Point Comfort, was only eighty miles from the Confederate capital at Richmond.  The Peninsula Campaign of 1862 was launched by the Union from Fort Monroe and Newport News Point to capture Richmond and end the Civil War.  Join J. Michael Moore for a day-long tour following the route of the Union Army of the Potomac from Newport News Point to Redoubt Park in Williamsburg.  Learn about the important technological innovations deployed during the Peninsula Campaign, the colorful “Prince John” Magruder who was the Master of Ruses and Strategy, and the bravery of the two Green Mountain Boys who were awarded the Medal of Honor.  Tour highlights include visiting Lee’s Mill, Dam No. 1, Lee Hall Mansion, and Yorktown. We will drive from site to site, but this tour involves moderate walking on trails and prepared walkways.  Two flights of stairs may be involved.

The Peninsula Campaign from Fort Monroe to Williamsburg with A. Wilson Greene

Description: This day-long bus tour will focus on the first portion of the Peninsula Campaign from the Union base at Fort Monroe through the Battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862. Along the way, the tour will visit two sites along "Prince John" Magruder's Warwick River defense line, including the extensive fortifications on the Dam No. 1 battlefield. Tour highlights include the Casemate Museum and Quarters No. 1 at Fort Monroe and the relatively newly preserved land at Williamsburg's Redoubts No. 1 & 2. Most of the day involves only short walks on trails and prepared walkways, but the visit to Dam No. 1 entails a walk of about one mile on dirt trails with moderate slopes. People with average day-to-day mobility capabilities should be able to handle this tour without much strain. Lunch will be a picnic in the field with adjacent modern restrooms.

Williamsburg Today

Description: This tour will visit Colonial Williamsburg and a few other local spots to be announced.

 

Saturday Tours

Battle of Williamsburg with Drew Gruber

Description: In a driving rainstorm just east of the old colonial capital of Williamsburg, two largely untested armies battled in ravines and dense underbrush for over twelve hours with unprecedented results. Visitors to the ‘Historic Triangle’ rarely seek out the Williamsburg battlefield and even fewer know where to find it.  Join Drew Gruber for a day-long tour as we explore this pivotal yet largely forgotten battle. Tour stops will include Fort Magruder, Redoubt Park, the “Bloody Ravine” and more! We will drive from site to site, but this tour will involve walking on both hard and natural, wooden, and hilly surfaces.

Battle of Yorktown

Description: The 1781 Yorktown siege was the culminating event of the American Revolution.  Our tour will follow the progression of the siege, by visiting all the major sites where the actions happened. The tour will begin in the visitor center to take in the exhibits. Other stops will include the British earthworks, the French and American siege lines, and end the site of the Surrender ceremony.  We will tour by bus, with multiple stops with moderate walking on flat ground.

Divided Waters: Norfolk and Portsmouth in the Civil War with Chris Kolakowski 

Description: This tour will survey notable Civil War-related places in both Norfolk and Portsmouth, with a focus on sites related to naval aspects of the Civil War. Stops will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, the MacArthur Memorial (located in the former Norfolk City Hall), and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. The story will encompass U.S.S. Monitor, C.S.S. Virginia, C.S.S. Florida, and other notable ships. We will also see some other significant sites, such as St. Paul’s Church with an embedded cannonball from the 1776 bombardment of Norfolk, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the site of the Battle of Hampton Roads. This tour will provide an easy walking level, but with much of the tour time off of the bus walking through museums.

From Fort Monroe to Yorktown: Forts, Fights and Photos on the Lower Peninsula with Garry Adelman

Description: Travel back to the early days of the Civil War on the Peninsula when the Contraband issue was germinating, Hampton was burning, ironclads fighting, documentary photography was being born and when mighty armies were facing off at Yorktown. Follow the Union's early advance up the Peninsula from Fort Monroe to Hampton to Lee's Mill and Yorktown with a few surprises along the way.  The interpretation will be fast and broad but the walking level moderate with perhaps more than one mile of walking throughout the day, mostly on paved or gravel surfaces. Two flights of stairs may be involved. 

One Town, One Battlefield, Two Wars: A Hiking Tour of Yorktown with Kristopher D. White

Explore the town and battlefield of Yorktown on foot and through the eyes of those that served and lived there in 1781 and 1862. Utilizing sketches, photographs, and first-hand accounts we will bring the town, battlefield, and the two wars to life. From Cornwallis’ Cave and the American siege lines to the York River and the Surrender Field, we will criss-cross one of the world’s most famous battlefields, placing it into the larger context of American history. Approximately 6 miles of hiking. The hike will include city streets, walking paths, roads, and some cross-country trailblazing.

Seven Pines and the Seven Days with A. Wilson Greene

Description: The Peninsula Campaign concluded with the bloody Seven Days Battles of June and July 1862. Our day-long tour will start with a brief stop at the Seven Pines National Cemetery to discuss the "lost" battlefield of May 31-June 1 and then transition into the planning and execution of Robert E. Lee's bold plan to save Richmond. We will make stops at Lee's Headquarters to discuss the conception of the Confederate offensive and then visit the battlefields at Beaver Dam Creek (Mechanicsville), Gaines Mill, Glendale, and Malvern Hill, driving by Savage Station and White Oak Swamp en route.  There will be walks of about one mile at Gaines Mill and Malvern Hill on dirt trails with moderate slopes. People with average day-to-day mobility capabilities should be able to handle this tour without much strain.  Lunch will be a picnic in the field with nearby modern restrooms. **Note: There will be 1 1/2 hour bus ride each way on this tour.**

Historic Homes, Gardens and Museums of Hampton Roads

Description: Details will be announced soon.