19288
Virginia
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
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5 days
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4 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Staunton, VA
D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Afternoon: Welcome to the Queen City of Staunton and to your superb accommodations at the full-service Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Register for your room at the hotel lobby desk between 4:00 and 5:00 pm and look for our Road Scholar table in the lobby to register for your program.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: Orientation: In our classroom at the hotel, your Group Leader will greet everyone in your group and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader may be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

DAY
2
Classes on War in the Valley, Generals, Photography
Staunton, VA
B,L,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: The morning walking tour aims to be between a mile and mile and a half long.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Virginia was the pivotal state in America’s Civil War. It was a reluctant addition to the Confederate States of America, yet the Union concentration on Virginia never ceased. More than 60% of battles in the War were fought on Virginia terrain. This program examines the actions and leadership of some of the well-known and not-so-well-known generals in the War Between the States, and increases our awareness of the reasons, consequences, and legacies of the War. A field trip to battlefields, museums and other important locations in the Shenandoah Valley highlights our understanding of the Civil War's meaning for our American identity. This morning we begin with two classes. First is an overview of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. Next is a look at Staunton during the war, a Confederate center for trade, the railroad, and command. After the class the group will be led on a short walking tour of Staunton Civil War and historical sites.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: This afternoon we begin with a class on Civil War Generals, taught by one of Virginia's and the East Coast's top Civil War historians.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices

Evening: Class: This evening we will look at the photography of the Civil War, with particular attention to the portraits.

DAY
3
Civil War Generals, Free afternoon, Musical performance
Staunton, VA
B,L,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: This morning we continue with a class on Civil War Generals, taught by one of Virginia's and the East Coast's top Civil War historians.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Afternoon: This afternoon is free. You can explore Staunton on foot, or go to any number of nearby historical sites. The Group leader is happy to advise and assist with directions.

Dinner: Dinner tonight is on your own. Within walking distance are a number of restaurants offering a selection of styles. Your group leader can offer suggestions.

Evening: This evening is a program of Civil War and Appalachian music, history and entertainment, performed by The McKenzies on traditional instruments.

DAY
4
Harrisonburg, Port Republic, New Market
Staunton, VA
B,L,D
Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Activity note: Walking at historical sites shouldn't total more than two miles for the day.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: Field trip with your instructors to battlefield sites that are important for the Valley campaigns of 1862 and 1864. The first stops are from 1862: at Harrisonburg, where Turner Ashby fell; and then on to Port Republic, where Gen. Stonewall Jackson's made use of rivers and local knowledge to plan one of his best-executed victories.

Lunch: Picnic box lunch at the Museum of Valor.

Afternoon: The second portion of the Field trip covers the 1864 campaign, including the battle at New Market, the heroic moment of the VMI cadets. We'll go through the Museum of Valor and Bushong Farm, and see the Field of Shoes. The 1864 campaign was wrapped up by the Union victory under Gen. Sheridan at Cedar Creek.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.

Evening: This evening is free. A suggested option is to attend a performance at the Blackfriars Playhouse next door to the hotel, part of the American Shakespeare Center.

DAY
5
Civil War Generals, Program Concludes
Staunton, VA
B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.

Morning: We'll continue with a class on Civil War Generals, taught by one of Virginia's and the East Coast's top Civil War historians.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel Dining Room. The program ends after lunch, and check-out for your room is 12:00pm.






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