THE Peninsula Campaign
Thursday-Sunday, March 26-29, 2020
Enrollment fee is $575 (Does not include lodging)
Battlefield Guide - A. Wilson Greene
Will Greene, began his history career in Petersburg, VA in 1973 at Petersburg National Battlefield. He served sixteen years in the National Park Service before becoming the first Executive Director of what became the Civil War Trust (today’s American Battlefield Trust.)
The Peninsula Campaign was a major Union operation launched from March through July 1862. In this the first large-scale offensive in the Eastern Theater, General McClellan planned to advance up the swampy Virginia Peninsula, formed by the York and James Rivers, to seize the Confederate capitol of Richmond. It was during this campaign that General Robert E. Lee first assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Thursday, March 26
7:00 pm Gather for an orientation meeting and lecture by historian Will Greene at a private room at the Marriott Courtyard Richmond Airport (next door to the Best Western).
Friday, March 27
We begin at Fort Monroe where McClellan gathered his troops and launched his offensive. We will also see the site of the Battle of the Ironclads: the Monitor vs the Merrimac (March 8-9, 1862); at the Mariners Museum we will see the Monitor’s turret, propeller and hundreds of other Monitor artifacts. In the afternoon, we will discuss Confederate General Magruder’s Yorktown Line with stops at the Battles of Lee's Mill (April 5), and Dam No. 1 (April 16).
Saturday, March 28
We will spend the day tracing the Union’s slow push from the Williamsburg Battlefield (May 5) to the outskirts of Richmond with Battles of Drewry's Bluff (May 15) and Seven Pines (May 31). At the Widow Dabb’s house, we will discuss events that led to General Lee assuming command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1.
Sunday, March 29
Today we will focus on the Seven Days Battles (June 25-July 1) where, in a series of attacks, General Lee drove McClellan from Richmond’s door to Harrison’s Landing on the James River. Interpretive stops will include Beaver Dam Creek(June 26), Gaines Mill (June 27), Savage Station (June 29), White Oak Swamp (June 30), Glendale (June 30), and Malvern Hill (July 1). We will conclude the tour with a visit to Berkeley Plantation. On July 2nd, McClellan withdrew the army to the grounds of Berkeley Plantation at Harrison’s Landing where it remained for six weeks, effectively ending the Peninsula Campaign. We plan to arrive back at the hotel at 4:30 pm.
TOUR HOTEL BASE
We have reserved a block of 20 rooms for 3 nights (March 26, 27 & 28) at the Best Western Plus Richmond Airport ($74.99+ tax per room per night) The group rate applies until March 12, at which time any rooms in our reserved group blocks not sold will be released. Subsequent bookings will be based on availability and higher room rates may apply.
We also booked 20 rooms at the Marriott Courtyard Richmond Airport ($135+tax per room per night.) The hotels are next door to each other. The Marriott Courtyard group rate applies until 21 days out (March 5), at which time any rooms in our reserved group blocks not sold will be released. Subsequent bookings will be based on availability and higher room rates may apply.
5300 Airport Square Lane
Sandston, VA 23150
Tel: (804) 222-8200
Group Rate: $74.99+tax per room per night
Breakfast is included in the rate
Phone Reservation Code: Confirmation #161825
5400 Williamsburg Rd.
Sandston, VA 23150
Tel: (804) 652-0500
Group Rate: $135+tax per room per night
Breakfast is not included in the rate
Reservation Code: CTWS
A. Wilson Greene
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