Saturday-Wednesday, November 2-6, 2019

Saturday-Wednesday, November 2-6, 2019
Enrollment fee is $725 (Does not include lodging)

(WEATHER NOTE:   Historic Temperatures for Richmond, VA--

November 2, 2017: high of 72°;  low of 64°; November 2,  2018: high of  77°; low of 57°)

Historian Guide: Patrick Schroeder, the Historian of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is scheduled to lead this tour. Legendary battlefield guide, Ed Bearss,  plans to accompany the tour as our special guest.

After his 1864 Overland Campaign stalled at Cold Harbor, General Ulysses S. Grant set his sights on the city of Petersburg. Taking this critical railroad junction, just 24 miles south of Richmond, would cut off vital supply routes to Lee’s Army and the Confederate capital. When initial attempts to capture Petersburg failed, the engagement dissolved into nine months of trench warfare.  When Union troops breached the Confederate line on April 2, 1865, General Robert E. Lee ordered the evacuation of both cities, and began his retreat.  On April 9th, the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox. 

Saturday – November 2    7:00 pm     Gather for an orientation meeting and lecture in a private room at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport.(Overnight at Richmond Hotel)

Sunday – November 3          The Siege of Petersburg (June 9, 1864 to March 25, 1865)
We will devote the day to the Siege of Petersburg in the company of National Park Service Historian Aaron Rowland.  Stops will include Colquitt’s Salient; Old Blandford Church; Fort Morton; The Crater; Hatcher’s Run; and Fort Stedman. (Richmond Hotel)


Monday – November 4         The Appomattox Campaign (March 29-April 5, 1865)
Check out of hotel. In the company of Historian Patrick Schroeder, we will examine the Battles of Hatcher’s Run; Lewis Farm; White Oak; Dinwiddie Court House; and Five Forks; and the Union breakthrough of Confederate defenses at Fort Gregg.  Then we will trace the route of Lee’s subsequent march from Petersburg to Amelia Court House where he expected to find much needed provisions. Stops will include the Battles of Sutherland Station and Namozine Church; Amelia Court House; and Jetersville. (o/n Farmville Hotel)


Tuesday – November 5        The Appomattox Campaign  (April 6-7, 1865)
Patrick Schroeder will start the day explaining the action of High Bridge on April 6. Our next stop is Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park Visitor Center, followed by stops in Holt’s Crossroads; Hillsman Farm House; Lockett Farm House; and Marshall's Crossroads.  We proceed to see and walk the actual “High Bridge” as Patrick talks about the April 7 engagement of High Bridge. We end the day at the Cumberland Church battlefield where Lee received Grant’s first request for his surrender.  (overnight Farmville Hotel) 


Wednesday– November 6    The Appomattox Campaign  (April 8-9, 1865)
Check out of hotel. Today’s first stop will be at Clifton, Grant’s HQ on the night of April 8. We proceed to New Hope Church and Appomattox Station Battlefield. The trip concludes with an in-depth visit to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. We will tour the museum, the McLean House, the Clover Hill Tavern, and the site of the stacking of arms. Our tour ends at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport by approximately 5:00 pm.

OUR TWO HOTEL BASES: Richmond Airport (Nov 2 & 3) & Farmville (Nov 4 & 5)
To keep driving and backtracking to a minimum, this tour requires two hotels: one at the Richmond Airport/Sandston, VA area and one in Farmville, VA.  You need to book a room at each hotel.   November 2 & 3:  We have reserved a block of 34 rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport for 2 nights. The Inn has a restaurant and offers a complimentary airport shuttle. November 4 & 5:  We have reserved 34 rooms at the Weyanoke Hotel in downtown Farmville. It is within walking distance of several restaurants.  We reserved 24 room in the historic Weyanoke building and 10 rooms in the Cumberland wing.  **NOTE: If you drive to Richmond, you may leave your car parked at the Hilton Garden Inn for 2 days while we continue our tour to Farmville.


Once confirmed on the tour, please call both hotels to reserve a room at each. The group rates apply until October 2, when any rooms in our group block not sold, will be released.

Hilton Garden Inn  Richmond Airport Weyanoke Hotel       2 nights: Nov 4 & 5
2 nights:  Nov 2 & 3 202 High Street
441 International Center Dr. Farmville, VA  23901   Tel: (434) 658-7500
Sandston, VA  23150       Tel: 804-222-3338 Rate: $99+ per rm per nt, Weyanoke Bldg
Group rate: $104+ per single room per nt Rate: $109+ per rm per nt, Cumberland Wing
Hot breakfast buffet is included in the rate $10 breakfast buffet is not included in the rate
Reservation Code: Civil War Tours Reservation Code: CWT

What is Included in Tour Cost:  Expert Battlefield Guides Aaron Rowland (Nov 3) Patrick Schroeder (Nov 4-6) & a Tour Manager; 4 Lunches; Park Admissions; Motor Coach Transportation (including driver's tip); Map Book; Bottled water and soda on bus. What is not Included in Tour Cost: Lodging; Dinners; Transportation to Richmond, VA. *Ed Bearss' expenses are not included in the price of the tour as he is accompanying the trip as our special guest.



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