The Civil War in Virginia: Campaigns Along the Appomattox & James Rivers
Immerse yourself in Civil War history as you explore six National Park sites in four towns, visit the Confederate White House and enjoy engaging lectures in historic Richmond.
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Program No. 21375RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In 1861 the U.S. ruptured into North and South and fought the bloodiest war in American history. Neither quick nor glorious, the war was four long years of attrition and sacrifice. Over half the fighting was done in Virginia, and much of it took place along the James River. Ironclad warships dueled at Hampton Roads, and Union troops sieged the Confederate strongholds of Petersburg and Richmond. With authors and historians, stand where the leaders made their calls, see what they saw and weigh the consequences.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walk up to two miles a day.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Examine one of the richest collections of Civil War artifacts at the White House and Museum of the Confederacy.
  • Size up General Grant’s cabin at City Point, and gaze across the opposing trench line at Petersburg, where the battlefield is still marred by the scars of war.
  • Cross the moat at Fort Monroe, see the house where Abe Lincoln planned the capture of Norfolk and stand in the cell where Jefferson Davis was imprisoned.
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John Quarstein
John Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist and author who has taught at the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A Civil War expert, he formerly served as the director of the Virginia War Museum in Newport News. John is active in preserving Civil War and other historic sites throughout Virginia and received the President’s Award for Historic Preservation in 1993.
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Catherine DODSON
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John Quarstein
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John Coski
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Jeffrey F Ruggles
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