CIVIL WAR TOUR: THIS HALLOWED GROUND
August 20 – 30, 2016
Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy; and when you strike and overcome him, never let up in the pursuit.
– Stonewall Jackson
Our Civil War Tour: This Hallowed Ground promises to be one of our most memorable tours. This Civil War tour gives you a panorama of the major battles that began and ended the Civil War, starting with First Manassas, culminating with Gettysburg and breathing the air of finality at Appomattox.
The Civil War was the defining event in American history. It was an ordeal by fire that cost the lives of more than 600,000 American soldiers and left 300,000 wounded—casualties higher than all our other wars combined.
We study the military campaigns and strategy and delve into the causes as well as the people who were willing to sacrifice their lives and property for their country, whether north or south. Who were those soldiers whose hearts were, in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, “touched by fire?” How were they trained? Until the turning point at Gettysburg, why did the Confederate generals in the East think harder, fight harder, and campaign better than the Union generals? And, finally, why did the North win?
Our professional historian will lead the group and conduct informal discussions throughout the tour.
We can learn from, and be inspired by, the skill, the courage, and the endurance displayed by the generation that brought us through the Civil War. In addition to retracing battles we include education sessions to enhance our understanding of the war and people.
- Manassas, Gettysburg, Appomattox – This tour gives us a panorama of the major battles that began and ended the Civil War, starting with First Manassas, culminating with Gettysburg and breathing the air of finality at Appomattox.
- Shenandoah Valley, Harpers Ferry – We conduct a study of Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley campaign where he won a series of lopsided victories while being vastly outnumbered. Harpers Ferry, John Brown’s raid the prelude to war are included.
- Antietam – Antietam was the site of the bloodiest day of war in American history when, on 17 September 1862, there were 23,000 casualties.
- Gettysburg – At Gettysburg we study the three days that marked General Lee’s final attempt to carry the war to the north.
- Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, Wilderness – We tour the area of four major battles: Confederate victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville leading up to Gettysburg; then Spotsylvania and the Wilderness Campaign fighting to keep the Grant’s Union armies at bay.
Days 1 & 2: Travel from Missouri to Manassas, VA
DAY 3: Manassas: Confederate Victories, Union Disarray
DAY 4: The Shenandoah Valley Campaigns: Stonewall Jackson, Harpers Ferry, Antietam
DAY 5: Gettysburg: Days One and Two
DAY 6: Gettysburg: Pickett’s Charge, Lincoln’s Address, The Civilian Experience
DAY 7: Fredericksburg–Richmond: The Heroism of Clara Barton–Chancellorsville
DAY 8: Petersburg: The Confederacy and the Antebellum South
DAY 9: Appomattox
DAY 10: Historic Lexington, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute – VMI
DAY 11: Louisville, KY to Missouri
Although we do walk numerous battlefields, there is nothing that is overly exerting.