Petersburg: Lee vs. Grant


Featuring Highly Regarded Civil War Historians:

With historian A. Wilson Greene

Headquarters for this tour will be the Hampton Inn by Hilton – Petersburg/Hopewell/Fort lee located at 5103 Plaza Drive, Hopewell VA. 23860 Phone: (804)452-1000 Civil War Journeys has reserved a block of rooms for tour participants at the rate of $109 per night plus applicable taxes. This three-day tour will begin Thursday evening at 8PM at the Hampton Inn with a lecture by David Ward “Grant’s Lieutenants on the Eve of the Petersburg Campaign.”

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Friday Day 1  With our guide A. Wilson Greene we will visit Grant’s headquarters at City Point.  After a stop at the National Battlefield Visitor’s Center we will cover the scene of Gen. William F. Smith’s attack of June 15 on the Confederate position at Petersburg defended by Gen. Beauregard’s troops.  Following that stop, we’ll examine the ground of the June 18 Union attack which featured the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery. We’ll finish the day with the June 22 Battle of the Jerusalem Plank Road and Grant’s 2nd offensive in the vicinity of Globe Tavern.

Saturday Day 2  Again following Wilson Greene we will undertake a thorough examination of the operations leading up to the famous July 30 Battle of the Crater. We will afford coverage not only of the tunneling operation of the 48th Pennsylvania but the extensive Union planning which unraveled after the detonation of the mine. We will also devote coverage to the Confederate response to the tunneling operation and subsequent rapid response of the Confederates to seal the breach in the siege line created at Elliott’s salient. In the afternoon we will examine the battles for the Weldon Railroad August 18-19 and the Battle of Reams’ Station August 25.

Sunday Day 3  On our final day with Wilson Greene we will visit the site of the September 30 battle at Peebles Farm part of Grant’s 5th offensive and cover the action at Hatcher’s Run October 27. Finally we’ll end the tour by visiting a number of sites associated with the fall of Petersburg such as the Battle of Five Forks, Sutherland Station, Fort Gregg, and the Sixth Corps breakthrough along the Boydton Plank Road.