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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
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When the U.S. divided into North and South, some expected a quick and glorious war. Instead came four long years of attrition and sacrifice. Richmond was at the center of the conflict as the capital of the Confederacy and the object of the Union’s military campaign. With authors, historians, and other experts, examine the big issues that led to rupture, survey battles and leaders, and investigate the consequences of the war for all players.


Highlights

• At the White House of the Confederacy, be introduced to the rooms where Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived with his family, and at the adjacent museum examine one of the richest collections of Civil War artifacts.
•At the Richmond National Battlefield Visitor Center--located at Tredegar Iron Works, the South’s essential armory--gain an overview of the military campaigns for Richmond.
• Select between two tracks of the program that look at different aspects of the Civil War and Richmond.

Activity Notes

Walk up to two miles a day.

Date Notes
9/28/2014
The Civil War’s Causes & Consequences: On this date, learn how Richmond managed as armies warred over its fate. Sight down a cannon barrel at Drewry’s Bluff to see how the capital was defended. Tour the Virginia State Capitol to stand where Robert E. Lee first took command. Compare the peaceful setting at today’s Chimborazo Visitor Center to the vast hospital complex for wounded and sick soldiers that stood there during the war. This date includes three field trips.11/2/2014
In Lincoln’s Footsteps: On this date, trace the final throes of this great conflict at sites that Lincoln visited in spring 1865 as he tracked the Union Army’s progress through Virginia. Walk the streets of Richmond as Lincoln did the day after the rebel stronghold fell. See the Union-held military installation at Fort Monroe National Monument and visit Petersburg National Battlefield to learn about its siege, the longest military event of the Civil War. Learn about the social revolution that emancipation entailed and be introduced to people who tried to make this profound change work at sites including Emancipation Oak and the oldest African-American museum in the country. This date includes three field trips.

Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.


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