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Richmond in the Civil War: Confederate Capital and Union Objective

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Program #21375RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 28 — Oct 3, 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 directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 28 - Arrival & Registration, Introductions & Orientati...
Arrive To: HOTEL CHECK-IN: 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. Please let us know if you'll be arriving after 5:00pm.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. Although it rarely happens, classes and field trips may be slightly altered from this itinerary 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 at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: ORIENTATION: In our classroom. 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. This introductory program takes place during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and surveys its causes, highlights, and effects.

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 directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 29 - Overview of the War, Historic Tredegar Iron Works...
Overview of the War, Historic Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Drewry's Bluff, Evening Program

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with 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: CLASS: America's Civil War lasted four years, from 1861-1865, with more than 600,000 casualties. This introductory program takes place during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and surveys its causes, highlights, and effects. Our first class this morning addresses causes of the Civil War as we examine the state of the country at the close of the Revolution and the remaining economic, social, and political tensions that ultimately led to conflict some 80 years later. We'll consider causes and effects from a number of perspectives: North and South, rich and poor, slave and free.

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

Afternoon: FIELD TRIPS: Richmond National Battlefield Park sites at Drewry's Bluff and Tredegar Iron Works, and The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.

As the Confederate seat of government and supply, Richmond was the focus of Union campaigns in 1862 and 1864-65. In response the Confederate government erected a large defensive system that encircled much of the city, especially to the east. A key to the defensive line on the James River was Drewry's Bluff. Seven miles south of the capital, Drewry's Bluff housed Ft. Darling, an integral part of Richmond's defense until the fall of Petersburg in April 1865. During our field trip with our instructor to Drewry's Bluff, part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, we'll see why this area was so important, and learn about Union and Confederate navies and how the War was fought at sea.

We then visit the Richmond National Battlefield Park headquarters at Tredegar Iron Works. In addition to the ironworks and foundry that armed the Confederacy, there are numerous exhibits explaining the causes, course of conflict, and consequences of the Civil War.

Also at Tredegar is the American Civil War Center, the nation's first museum to interpret the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives, tracing all three stories and demonstrating how each group played a different role in the nation's central drama (see www.tredegar.org).

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Learn more about the causes and conflict as a guest speaker examines how problems came to a head with the bombardment of Ft. Sumter and the initial conflict.

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 directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 30 - Morning and Evening Classes, Field trips to Virgi...
Morning and Evening Classes, Field trips to Virginia State Capitol and White House and Museum of the Confederacy

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with 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: CLASS: We follow the conduct of the war through the Peninsula Campaign of 1862, which brought the fighting to the outskirts of east Richmond.

Lunch: Lunch on the 6th floor of the General Assembly Building on the State Capitol grounds. Cafeteria-style; seating includes great views of the grounds. Lunch choices include several hot and cold entrees, vegetables, pasta and other side dishes, salad bar, desserts, beverages.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIPS: Virginia State Capitol and the Museum and White House of the Confederacy.

The State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and inspired by the Maison Caree in Nimes, France, and classical Roman temples. Our field trip will focus on the Capitol as the center of political power and as a ceremonial site for both Virginia and the Confederacy during the Civil War. Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederate States of America on Capitol Square. A lifesize bronze statue inside the Capitol chambers shows Robert E. Lee accepting command of Virginia's military forces. Prominent Confederate leaders are depicted by statues in the chambers and on the grounds.

The Museum of the Confederacy's rich collection of artifacts encompasses thousands of rare objects and artwork, and a wide range of military items and artifacts that include uniforms, weaponry, flags and rare documents. The adjacent two-story White House, which we'll also explore, was the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family during the War. The Museum's historian will provide a lecture on conflict that also segues our study into "Consequences of the Civil War."

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Evening Program: Our speaker will discuss Civil War Medicine.

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 directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 01 - Morning and Evening Classes/Free afternoon
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with 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: Class: We’ll look at the period from 1862 to 1864 as seen from the perspective of Richmond.

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

Afternoon: Free afternoon: a listing of suggested places to go will be provided.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Class: "Conflict and Consequences for African-Americans" examines slavery and non-slavery states, the growth of the abolition movement, and the consequences of both the conflict and war's end for African-Americans.

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 directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 02 - Morning class, Field Trip to Chimborazo Medical M...
Morning class, Field Trip to Chimborazo Medical Museum and Glendale and Malvern Hill battlefields

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with 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: Class: We'll look at the closing stages of the war, including on the military side the Union Army's Virginia Campaign of 1864-65 that led to the Siege of Petersburg, and on the social side the shortages that began to dominate life in Richmond.

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

Afternoon: Field trip to Richmond National Battlefield sites, Chimborazo Medical Museum and the Glendale Visitor Center.

To consider the human cost of war, we'll explore Chimborazo Medical Museum. It was known as "the hospital on the hill" and no other medical facility received more fame or notoriety than Chimborazo (see www.nps.gov/rich/historyculture/chimborazo). With its lead physician, Dr. James McCaw, Chimborazo operated like a small city with a team of surgeons, to more than 75,000 soldiers who passed through its doors. Part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, Chimborazo today is a fascinating museum that translates the history of medicine and medical practice during the Civil War.

Next we'll go to the Glendale Visitor Center, in east Richmond near the battlefields of Fraysers Farm and Malvern Hill, the final major engagements of the 1862 Seven Days Battle. Malvern Hill is considered the best preserved battlefield in central Virginia.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Evening entertainment: "Musical Time Travel: Pre-Civil War and Civil War Music and Instruments"

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, October 03 - Final class/Lunch/Program departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with 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: CLASS: The final class looks at the many consequences of America's Civil War, in legislation, economy, and society.

Lunch: The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this fascinating new program and will join us in the future for other rewarding Road Scholar programs. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Performances

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