CIVIL WAR JOURNEYS
Fredericksburg’s Four Battlefields: Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Chancellorsville & Fredericksburg
Featuring Highly Regarded Civil War Historians:
– Robert Krick -Frank O’Reilly
Headquarters for this tour will be the Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg located at 4800 Market Street Fredericksburg, VA 22408 phone 540-898-5000 Nightly rate is $96 per night plus applicable taxes. This three-day tour will begin Thursday evening at 8PM at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House with a lecture by David Ward “Grant’s Lieutenants in the Overland Campaign.”
Friday day 1 With historian Robert Krick we will devote the morning to the dramatic action in Saunders Field – the opening scene of the famous Battle of the Wilderness. Other interpretive stops will include Ellwood, Higgerson field, Widow Tapp field, the scene of Longstreet’s wounding and the fighting along the Brock Road. In the afternoon we will cover the operations at Spotsylvania Court House. We’ll examine the scene of Col. Upton’s assault on May 10 and the desperate fighting at the Bloody Angle on May 12. Coverage will also be afforded Gen. Hancock’s assault against the vaunted Mule Shoe. Finally we’ll make a stop at Harris Farm.
Saturday Day 2 Again with Bob Krick as our guide we’ll cover the battlefield of Chancellorsville regarded by many as Lee’s greatest victory. Our interpretive stops will include Ely’s Ford, Zoan Church and the scene of the opening act of the battle which featured the division of Gen. George Sykes’ 5 th Corps. Other stops will include the site of the last meeting between Lee and Jackson, Catharine furnace and of course we will follow the route of Jackson’s flank march. Finally, we’ll stand on the very spot where Gen. Jackson was wounded and visit the small out building on the Fairfield plantation where Jackson died.
Sunday Day 3 On our final day noted historian Frank O’Reilly will lead us over the ground of the great winter battle at Fredericksburg. We’ll start by examining the river crossings of the Rappahannock and then visit the ground where General’s Meade and Gibbon achieved their temporary breakthrough against elements of A. P. Hill’s command near Hamilton’s crossing. We will also walk along the famous Sunken Road at the base of Marye’s Heights to interpret the futile Union assaults against the veterans of Gen. Longstreet. We will also visit the National Cemetery and Lee’s command post on what is now known as Lee’s hill.