The colony of South Carolina proved an inhospitable host to American forces fighting for their independence at the opening of the sixth year of the Revolutionary War. After the British forced the capitulation of Charleston on May 12, 1780, the western portion of South Carolina erupted into civil war, marked by brutality and terror (recently captured by the motion picture, The...

After almost ten months of life in the trenches, the two great armies in Virginia finished the war with a flurry of activity.  In 150 hours those armies marched an incredible 80 miles, and fought numerous actions that ranged from little skirmishes to major affairs.

By bus and on foot, we will follow the routes of those armies from Petersburg straight...

On July 2, 1863, some of the fiercest fighting at Gettysburg played out in the area between Munchower’s Hill and Devil’s Den – in the area known as The Valley of Death. Four of the six cannons of the 4th New York Battery, commanded by Captain James Smith, were positioned on top of the rocks of Devil’s...

After marching north through the Shenandoah Valley from Lynchburg, the Confederate army of Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early side-stepped the Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry and crossed the Potomac River at Shepherdstown into Maryland on July 5-6, 1864. In reaction to Early’s movements, Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S Grant dispatched about 5,000 men of the VI Corps on July 6th 1864...

“The Grey Ghost”- John Singleton Mosby - one of the most enigmatic figures of the Civil War, was a successful attorney who enlisted in the 1st Virginia Cavalry at the outbreak of the War. He quickly moved up through the ranks, and eventually raised his own partisan unit - first a battalion, and later a regiment known as "Mosby Raiders...

For thirty years, Robert K. Krick served as Chief Historian of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. During his tenure, more than 5,000 acres were preserved on the four battlefields that make up that military history preserve. From his deeply knowledgeable perspective, Bob Krick will take us to the...

Here is a chance to walk the ground of the bloodiest single-day battle in American history with the greatest battlefield tour guide in American history - Ed Bearss. And we hope you'll join us!

Following his crushing defeat of John Pope’s hapless Army of Virginia at the Battle of Second Bull Run, Robert E. Lee elected to take...

Gettysburg, Civil War tour, Ed Bearss, Culp's Hill, Union Command, Wolf's Hill

We enthusiastically announce our  10th Annual All-Star Tour of Gettysburg, which promises to be outstanding! Designed for serious yet fun-loving students of the battle, our program will include four exciting and unusual in-depth tours led by top experts, including the most famous battlefield guide of all - ED BEARSS...

Robert E. Lee, Lee, Civil War tour, Steven Ritchie, Jay Jorgenson, Robertson

ROBERT E. LEE - no general in American history has attracted so much attention and adoration. Dwight D. Eisenhower described him as a man "unsullied as I read the pages of our history." Winston Churchill said Lee was "one of the noblest Americans who ever lived, and one of the greatest captains known to the annals of war."

On Thursday evening...

Following the American Revolution, our Founding Fathers were faced with the task of defending the newly formed United States from powerful potential adversaries. President George Washington urged Congress to provide funds for the establishment of strong coastal fortifications and Federal arsenals. Although Americans were energetic, capable and determined, we lacked the professional engineers,...

History in the News

Greenwalt to Lead Petersburg to Appomattox Tour, April 17-18.

  Phillip Greenwalt may be new to some of our tour attendees but he comes to us as a very well-credentialed historian and tour leader.

Harold Holzer Awarded the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

Harold Holzer, a Lincoln scholar who recently announced his retirement as a public affairs executive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been awarded the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

What's New

  • ED BEARSS, GARY KROSS, SUE BOARDMAN, CHARLIE FENNELL and ZACK FRY to lead 10th ANNUAL ALL-STAR TOUR of GETTYSBURG

    which promises to be outstanding! Designed for serious yet fun-loving students of the battle, our program will include four exciting and unusual in-depth...

  • Exclusive World War II Commentary from Stuart Dempsey

    The first of a series, ONLY available here, that will examine the Battle of Berlin, and other aspects of the city’s turbulent history from 1933 to 1989. ...

  • Two New Organizations have been formed within the Civil War Education Association:

    The SHENANDOAH VALLEY CIVIL WAR INSTITUTE, and the ROBERT E. LEE FELLOWSHIP.

    Information about these groups and how you can participate in them ...

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