Civil War Generals: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Alongside a top historian, take a deeper look at America’s Civil War as you visit battlefields, monuments and museums, learning about the key figures and battles that defined a nation.
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Program No. 19288RJ
5 days
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Virginia was the pivotal state in America’s Civil War, a reluctant addition to the Confederacy yet a point of unrelenting focus by the Union nonetheless. In this state where six of every 10 Civil War battles were fought, recall the actions and analyze the leadership of some of the war’s well-known and more obscure generals.
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On Your Feet
Walking up to a mile per day and standing during field trips; uneven terrain, stairs, limited barrier-free access. Motorcoach does not have lifts.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With a top Civil War historian, deepen your understanding of the reasons for the war, the consequences it wrought and the legacy that survives it.
  • Visit battlefields, gravesites, museums and more in the Shenandoah Valley to grasp the war's full meaning for the national identity.
  • Discover the walk-able small city of Staunton, with five historic districts, interesting shops and curious museums.
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Jeffrey F Ruggles
Jeffrey Ruggles is a historian and photographer whose specialities include the history of Virginia and 19th-20th century popular culture. He has published a book on photography and a biography of Henry Box Brown. His professional background includes curator at Virginia Historical Society, gallery exhibitions, and permanent installations. Jeffrey also owned and operated a popular restaurant in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom for a number of years.
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