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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Richmond in the Civil War: Confederate Capital and Union Objective

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Program #21375RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Nov 2 — Nov 7, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program. Participants should contact the hotel directly at 804-788-0900. (Do not call the 1-800 reservation number because these calls do not go directly to the hotel.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 02 - Arrival & Registration, Introductions & Orientati...
Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:30pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag and most up-to-date schedule that we'll review during orientation this evening. Be sure to let us know if you expect to arrive after 5:00pm.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. Rarely, classes and field trips may need to be adjusted to accommodate instructors' schedules. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel. The Pavilion Café offers American fare in an elevated setting with windows all around. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: ORIENTATION: In our private meeting room. Greet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures, and answer any questions, and have an informative overview of the program ahead. The remainder of the evening is yours to continue getting to know one another, walk around, or just relax.

America's Civil War lasted four years, from 1861-1865, with more than 600,000 casualties. In this program that takes place during the Sesquicentennial observance, we look at the final months of the conflict and its consequences. Informative lectures set the stage for three days of field trips where you will see where history was made.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program. Participants should contact the hotel directly at 804-788-0900. (Do not call the 1-800 reservation number because these calls do not go directly to the hotel.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 03 - Classes: the Virginia Campaign of 1864-65, Emanci...
Classes: the Virginia Campaign of 1864-65, Emancipation, and Lincoln in Virginia

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel dining area. Buffet includes choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: PRESENTATION: The campaigns in Virginia during the Civil War. This morning we look at the military and political sides of the campaigns that took place in 1862, 1863, and 1864-65. Union army moves on Richmond in 1862 and 1863 were fended off. The war began moving towards its inevitable conclusion in Spring 1864 with Ulysses Grant newly installed as commander of the Union army. In command of the Confederate army protecting Richmond was Robert E. Lee. During two months of heavy fighting, Grant swung his army around Richmond to eventually besiege Petersburg, where the conflict settled into trench warfare.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel. Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll take a walking field trip to the Virginia State Capitol, which also served as the capitol for the Confederacy, where we will have a guided tour. On the way to and from the Capitol, which is about 6 blocks from the hotel, we will be passing through the Burnt District, the part of the city that was destroyed in the Evacuation Fire of April 3, 1865.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel. The Pavilion Café offers American fare in an elevated setting with windows all around. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: PRESENTATION: African Americans in Virginia during the Civil War. Lincoln said “all knew” that slavery “was somehow the cause of the war.” Blacks had a big effect on the war in the state. The emancipation of slaves was a process that began early in the war at Fort Monroe and would continue until the Confederacy surrendered. Behind Union lines, camps were established to house and teach fugitives slaves, some of whom were recruited as Union soldiers.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program. Participants should contact the hotel directly at 804-788-0900. (Do not call the 1-800 reservation number because these calls do not go directly to the hotel.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 04 - Field trip to Hampton including Fort Monroe, Eman...
Field trip to Hampton including Fort Monroe, Emancipation Oak, and the Hampton University Museum, and to the New Market battlefield

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel dining area. Buffet includes choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Fort Monroe. This fort in Hampton Roads, on a peninsula overlooking Chesapeake Bay, was the only federal military installation in the upper South remaining under U.S. control throughout the war. Lincoln visited here three times. Fort Monroe became an outpost of freedom when Major General Benjamin F. Butler used it to house refugee slaves after passage of the First Confiscation Act on August 6, 1861, which announced that any enslaved person used for a military purpose against the United States could be “confiscated” — in essence, freed. Fort Monroe thus became a staging ground for emancipation.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch in Hampton, at a site with a view of Hampton Roads, the great harbor where the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac fought in 1862, and today is the largest U.S. Navy base at Norfolk.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP continues: Hampton University. We will visit two sites on campus: Emancipation Oak, which sheltered classes for new freedmen beginning in 1862, and Hampton University Museum, the oldest African-American museum in the country, with art and artifacts of Africa, American Indians, and famous black artists.

On the return to Richmond, we stop at New Market battlefield. after the 1864 battle there, 15 U.S. “Colored” soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel. The Pavilion Café offers American fare in an elevated setting with windows all around. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Lincoln in Virginia. Learn about Lincoln's travels to Virginia as President during the Civil War for several purposes: diplomacy, to oversee the war effort, and to see the long-sought prizes claimed by his army. Lincoln acted behind the scenes to enable the creation of a new state from the western portion of Virginia.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program. Participants should contact the hotel directly at 804-788-0900. (Do not call the 1-800 reservation number because these calls do not go directly to the hotel.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 05 - Field trip to City Point and Petersburg; Free aft...
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel dining area. Buffet includes choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Petersburg National Battlefield. En route, we stop at City Point, the Union supply base on the James River that served as Grant's headquarters for the 10-month siege of Petersburg, and where Lincoln conferred with Grant. Lincoln spent two of the last three weeks of his life at City Point.

Petersburg was a crucial Confederate supply center and the key to Richmond. The siege here was the longest military event of the Civil War -- and the longest in American warfare -- lasting nine-and-a-half months and involving thousands of U. S. Colored Troops. It resulted in I70,000 casualties, untold civilian suffering, and the decline of Lee's army. Grant eventually cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines and Richmond fell on April 3, 1865. Lee surrendered six days later.

Included in our field trip are the trench lines and the site of the Crater, the most infamous incident of the siege that became a symbol of military debacle. Grant later called it “the saddest affair I have ever witnessed in the war."

Lunch: Lunch in Petersburg. The historic Old Town neighborhood includes a number of buildings that endured the siege.

We return to the hotel after lunch.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take the rest of the day for personal independent exploration. There are numerous options depending on your interests. In the downtown area are the Virginia State Capitol building; St. John’s Church of Patrick Henry fame, a National Historic Landmark; and riverside parks. Father west are the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Carytown, a neighborhood of boutiques, coffee shops, and eateries. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner on your own this evening. With lots of choices, you will surely find something to please your palate. The Shockoe Slip district is about 6 blocks east and there are many new downtown restaurants. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Richmond during April 1865 and After. April 1865 began with the April 1 Battle of Five Forks that turned the line at Petersburg, leading to the fall of that city to Union forces on April 2. That caused Lee to abandon Richmond which fell and burned on April 3. On April 4 Lincoln and his son Tad with a small party walked the streets of Richmond. Grant's army pursued Lee's and caught it, leading to the surrender at Appomattox on April 9; followed by the assassination of President Lincoln on April 14. After April 1865, Virginia was a Military District run by Army officers. Reconstruction efforts by the Federal government were represented by the Freedman's Bureau, were fully underway by 1867, and lasted about ten years.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program. Participants should contact the hotel directly at 804-788-0900. (Do not call the 1-800 reservation number because these calls do not go directly to the hotel.)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 06 - Field Trip to the Confederate White House and Mus...
Field Trip to the Confederate White House and Museum of the Confederacy and to the Maggie Walker House; evening performance.

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel dining area. Buffet includes choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: to Richmond sites. Begin with a motorcoach exploration of Richmond highlights including the historic neighborhoods of Church Hill and the Fan, the statues of Monument Avenue, and the James River. Our panoramic circuit continues to the historic Tredegar Iron Works.

Tredegar Iron Works is a historic site that comprises eight acres along the James River. Tredegar Iron Works produced half the Confederacy's cannons, armor for ironclads, railroad engines, and trackage. There are five surviving buildings from the Iron Works era, which house two Civil War museums. First, in the restored Pattern Building is the main Visitor Center for Richmond National Battlefield, operated by the National Park Service. Here are maps and artifacts of the many battlefields in the Richmond area, mostly east of the city, and the best display on the Evacuation Fire of April 3, 1865. Second, in the Foundry building is The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, which interprets the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives.

Next we travel to the White House and Museum of the Confederacy. The White House has been fully restored to its appearance when Jefferson Davis and his family lived there during the Civil War. When Lincoln came to Richmond the day after the city fell, he made his way to the house and sat in the chair at Davis's desk. Next door to the White House is the Museum of the Confederacy where we will examine significant artifacts displayed from its rich collection.

Lunch: For lunch we will visit a private club on historic Church Hill where the menu will feature traditional Virginia fare.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. Maggie Lena Walker, born in 1865, bridged the gap between emancipation and entrepreneurship. In spite of humble beginnings in post-Civil War Richmond, she achieved national prominence as a businesswoman and community leader. She rose to prominence as a leader in the St. Luke's Beneficial Society, one of a number of organizations in the black community for the betterment of their lives and opportunities. Walker built the penny-savings bank at St. Luke's into a key institution for the black business community and became an inspiring symbol of pride and progress, devoting her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women.

The residence was built in 1883 at 110 1/2 East Leigh Street, a prime location in the heart of Jackson Ward, the center of Richmond's African American business and social life at the turn of the century. The Walkers purchased the house in 1904. The furnishings you see are original family pieces, valuable in understanding Maggie Walker and her era. The community of Jackson Ward has been designated a National Historic Landmark District.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel. The Pavilion Café offers American fare in an elevated setting with windows all around. Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: “Musical Time Travel.” Enjoy pre-Civil War and Civil War music performed on period instruments by entertaining musicians.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, November 07 - Final class/Lunch/Program departure
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel dining area. Buffet includes choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles. p> Please note that hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

Morning: CLASS: Consequences. Our final class looks at the many consequences of America's Civil War in legislation; the local, regional, and national economy; and changes in society.

Lunch: Early lunch at the hotel. Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.

The program concludes with lunch. We trust you have enjoyed this fascinating trip into one of the most significant periods in American history and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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