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Freedom, Faults & Frustrations: The Story of Civil War on the Virginia Peninsula

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6 Days | 5 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Historians of the Civil War often overlook the events of the 1861-62 campaigns on the Virginia Peninsula and their tremendous impact on the war’s politics, strategies and length. The missteps and bungles of overconfident generals needlessly prolonged the war, and with each day that the conflict dragged on, more citizens got caught in the middle, more families were left fatherless and slaves hungry for freedom grew more desperate. Come walk the hallowed ground of half a dozen battlefields as local experts set the record straight on this turbulent time and study these critical campaigns from the perspectives of the soldiers and civilians who lived through and too often died in them.


• Through in-depth, on-scene exploration, uncover the stories of battles from Big Bethel to the little-known clash at Williamsburg to the “murderous” charge at Malvern Hill.
• Wonder at the revolving ironclad Monitor turret, resurrected from the sea, during an exclusive visit to the museum where it is being preserved.
• Be captivated by the story of a contraband slave, newly emancipated and learning to deal with the realities of freedom and lost family ties.

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Walking up to 2 miles per day over uneven terrain at a moderate pace. Some areas have no resting place.

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


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