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July 2017 Conference – On to Richmond

Hi Folks,

We are excited for our July 2017 Civil War tour to Richmond, Virginia. This year’s theme is “On to Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign.” We begin on Wednesday with a detailed tour of the lower Peninsula. This includes visits to the Monitor Center to observe the restoration of that great ship, historic Fort Monroe, extensive earthworks built by the Confederates, Williamsburg battlefield and much more. We have the go-to guy to lead this tour: author and historian John Quarstein. He also serves as the Director of the Monitor Center and oversees the Monitor’s restoration.

Thursday and Saturday will feature detailed tactical tours of the Seven Days led by master tour guides Edwin Bearss and Robert E.L. “Bobby” Krick. Superintendent Dave Ruth will open the seminar with an update on the extensive preservation that has been made on the Seven Days battlefields. We will have talks on every phase of the campaign, including a talk and tour of Jeb Stuart’s legendary Ride Around McClellan.

Friday night dinner will be a Southern BBQ buffet. Following dinner we will have a talk by award-winning McClellan biographer Ethan Rafuse.

Of course we will have our book dealer, Jim Schmick selling all the books about our subject. Many of our speakers will be available to sign their books. We will also have book raffles and our traditional    silent auction. Part of the proceeds from this event will go to the U.S.S. Monitor Center as well as friends’ groups associated with the Richmond Battlefields.

I know that I say this all of the time, but this truly promises to be one of our best seminars ever. We hope to see you there. Meanwhile, thank you for supporting our seminars.

Regards,

Ted Alexander, Co -Founder

 

The 150th in Richmond

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to our July 2015 seminar, “The End of the War: Richmond, Petersburg, and Appomattox.” This is one of our must unique seminars ever. We kick it off with a tour of Civil War sites in Richmond. This includes landmarks such as the Lee Monument on Monument Avenue, the exquisite murals at the “Battle Abbey” and a special tour at the Museum of the Confederacy featuring a look at some of the collection that is not on public display.

The official opening of the seminar features an after dinner talk by the “Dean” of Civil War Historians, the great Dr. James “Bud” Robertson. This will be followed by one of our traditional “Insomniacs” sessions with Catherine Wright of the Museum of the Confederacy.

Our bus tours on Thursday and Saturday will be some of the most detailed ever given. Master battlefield trampers Ed Bearss and Robert E. L. Krick will take us to Cold Harbor, where thousands fell in minutes. Dr. Richard Sommers will share with us the years of scholarship that went into his book Richmond Redeemed, as we trek the various sites associated with Grant’s Fifth Offensive on Thursday and Saturday afternoon. On Saturday morning, Ed Bearss will take us to Petersburg with a look at the legendary “Crater” as well as other sites.

Friday is devoted to talks. This includes speakers such as Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters, Dr. Richard Sommers, Brig. Gen. John Mountcastle and many others. Friday evening is our annual Preservation Auction, of which many of the proceeds will be donated to preservation projects around the Richmond area.

Our grand event will conclude on Sunday with an optional tour of the Appomattox Campaign. This bus trip will be led by none other than Chris Calkins. He is the leading authority on the Appomattox Campaign, and he has the awards to prove it.

Oh, did I mention all of the good Southern cookin’ that will be served? This includes a barbecue buffet Friday night!

We are looking forward to seeing you for four to five days of education, good fellowship, great food, and fun. Click here to see the complete details of our trip.

Best wishes,

Ted Alexander
Co-founder and Facilitator
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars