The Civil War - Eastern
Groups of 30 or More
|Join us as we follow in the footsteps
of the Army of the Potomac exploring the costly battlefields like Manassas
(Bull Run), Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and
Spotsylvania Courthouse. Experience what trench warfare was like in the
1860s at Petersburg, which led in turn to the fall of Confederate capitol
of Richmond. Finally, learn more about Lee's surrender to U.S. Grant at
Appomattox Courthouse. On our way to Gettysburg, the high-water mark of
the Confederacy, we'll travel through the Shenandoah Valley to learn of
the cavalry's importance in this fertile land of Virginia. Complete with
experienced battlefield guides, this tour explores a turbulent aspect of
our nation's history. See an ante-bellum Southern plantation, visit
Pamplin Historic Park-Living History Museum of the Civil War Soldier, and
view the infamous site of the world's first Ironclad naval battle. You'll
return home enriched by the experience.
Day 1: Battle of Bull Run
We depart the Baltimore airport in the early afternoon for first
battlefield of the eastern theater, Bull Run. Here, we'll explore the
fateful encounter of July 21, 1861 that sent the soldiers under McDowell
and civilian spectators scurrying back to DC. Even after the Union defeat
at first Bull Run, Lincoln continued to press the DC to Richmond line
which resulted in these grand armies meeting again. Almost one year later
in late August, the Second Battle of Bull Run took place. Walk the grounds
of these monumental battlefields and learn how "Stonewall"
Jackson earned his name and how his men won their place in Southern
legend. (Three nights in Manassas, Virginia)
Day 2: Antietem
After an early breakfast, we'll head to South Mountain to learn more about
the campaign which led to forces culminating at Sharpsburg (or Antietam),
Maryland on September 17, 1862. At Antietam we'll view an educational film
at the visitor's center reliving the bloodiest day in American history - a
tactical Union victory. Next we'll visit the infamous landmarks of Dunker
Church, the Cornfield, Burnside's Bridge, and the Sunken Road
(posthumously named Bloody Lane). Our last stop in Antietam is at the
Clara Barton Monument, honoring the founder of the American Red Cross. In
the early afternoon we'll head to the nearby town of Harpers Ferry, set
majestically on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Harpers Ferry, always
a thriving commercial town, received national fame when John Brown and his
posse seized the federal arsenal in an attempt to end slavery.
This morning we'll begin our sightseeing with a tour of the Fredericksburg
battlefield and its surrounding sites. Learn about Ambrose Burnside's
first and last battle on December 13, 1862 as the commander of the Army of
the Potomac. We'll visit the Stone Wall, where countless Union soldiers
fell before Lee's well-entrenched men on Marye's Heights. We'll view the
monument to Confederate Sergeant Richard Kirkland, "the Angel of
Marye's Heights," who risked his life to comfort the dying enemy. A
short tour is scheduled of Chatham Plantation that served as both a Union
headquarters and army field hospital. The afternoon tour will be comprised
of a trip to nearby Chancellorsville, where new Union commander, Joseph
Hooker, battled Lee in early May of 1863. Unfortunately, for the
confederacy, the battlefield marks the spot where Stonewall Jackson was
mistakenly shot by his own men. He died eight days later.
Day 4: The
The Battle of the Wilderness was the first of many battles between
"Unconditional Surrender" Grant and his formidable foe, Robert
E. Lee. Through dense undergrowth and thicket, which caught fire -
trapping many of the wounded, the two armies battled with catastrophic
losses. While May 5 & 6, 1864 tactically ended in a draw, Grant and
his men broke the stalemate and marched south to Spotsylvania Courthouse.
We'll follow that path and spend the afternoon exploring this field,
paying special attention to the infamous "bloody angle."
Throughout that week in mid-May, the armies fought continually - resulting
in Lee suppressing Union attacks and holding his ground. Although losses
in the Army of the Potomac were running high enough to earn Grant the new
derisive name of "Butcher Grant," he followed Lincoln's plan and
continued to advance towards Richmond.
Day 5: Ante-Bellum Plantation
Today we'll take a break from the route of the Army of the Potomac and
travel to the mouth of the James River to visit a working ante-bellum
plantation. Situated directly on the river, these large agricultural
centers were a huge part of pre-Civil War Southern society. After lunch,
we'll head to Portsmouth to learn more about the Naval aspect of the
"War Between the States." We'll view the site of the Ironclads
where the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia fought their first battle rendering
all other navies in the world obsolete. Later this afternoon we'll visit
the historic district and some of Portsmouth's naval museums.
Day 6: Petersburg
Today we'll join up with the Army of the Potomac and Lieutenant General Grant at the Petersburg battlefield and his headquarters at nearby
Hopewell on the James River. At Petersburg, we'll visit the site of the
Crater - the failed master plan of some Pennsylvania miners, which,
unfortunately resulted in the slaughter of many soldiers of the USCT.
After the nine-and-a-half month siege of Petersburg (and grueling life in
the trenches), the city fell to Union troops. Today we'll learn why this
event marked the fall of Richmond, and eventually the Confederacy. During
the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to explore, Pamplin Historical
Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. Living history
activities, replica plantations, battlefield walks (along the original
siege line), and an interactive solider museum all help to bring Civil War
realities to the twenty-first century.
Our sightseeing today begins in Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy.
We'll spend time visiting the surrounding battlefields such as Cold
Harbor, Fort Harrison and others with our experienced guides. The
afternoon is free for you to visit the downtown monuments to the South's
most famous Civil War generals, tour a Confederacy Museum, or perhaps take
in some contemporary entertainment.
Day 8: Appotomax
• Shenadoah Valley
After the fall of Richmond in early April 1865, the Army of the Potomac
continued to press west in pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia. We'll
meet them at the infamous site of Appomattox Courthouse, where Lee
formally surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865. We'll visit the monumental
meeting place of Grant and Lee, the McLean house, as well as the avenue
where the defeated Confederate Army stacked arms. Although this marks the
end of the Eastern Theater campaign, it doesn't mark the end of our tour.
We'll continue west to the quaint, historic town of Lexington, Virginia in
the heart of the pastoral Shenandoah Valley and visit the home of devout
Presbyterian, Stonewall Jackson. Our journey continues to New Market where
the brave VMI (Virginia Military Institute) cadets risked their lives to
defend their homes. While here we'll visit the museum and historic
monument. (Two nights in Hagerstown, Md)
Often called the "high water mark of the confederacy,"
Gettysburg has been lauded as the best-marked battlefield in the world.
Hundreds of markers and monuments preserve the memory of those who died in
the Civil War. After a visit to the educational visitor's center and
museum, we'll embark on a tour of the battlefield and famous sites such as
Little Round Top, Devil's Den, the Peach Orchard and of course, the
infamous Pickett's Charge. Free time this afternoon allows you to explore
your own personal interests such as the wax museum, a more in-depth look
at the battlefield or a historic walk through the town.
Day 10: Transfer
We board our motorcoach this morning for Baltimore. Although our tour has
ended, we are leaving with a wealth of memories, moving history and new
Price per person:
Small Group Discounts Available
Price Includes: Fully
escorted by expert historian, moderate first class lodging, 2 full
American breakfasts, 9 deluxe continental breakfasts, 4 theme dinners, 5
hotel dinners, theme evening events, deluxe motor coach transportation,
transfers from and to airport, admissions to all attractions listed,
guides, baggage handling, taxes & meal gratuities.
Not Included: Airfare,
to driver & guide, travel insurance.
Discounted Air Fare