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...

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...

“The Expedition you are appointed to command is to be directed against the hostile tribes of the Six Nations of Indians, with their associates and adherents. The immediate objects are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements, and the capture of as many prisoners of every age and sex as possible. It will be essential to ruin their crops now in the ground and...

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,...

By June of 1863, the tide of the Civil War in the Western Theater had already begun to turn against the Confederacy. With Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's success in enveloping the Confederate Army of Mississippi at Vicksburg, and with Union Gen. William Rosencrans's strengthening hold upon the vital industrial city of Nashville, Tennessee, the future of...

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ROBERT K. KRICK to lead UNIQUE TOUR of FREDERICKSBURG, JUNE 4-6

   Bob Krick, widely regarded as the leading authority on the Army of Northern Virginia, will lead an Insider's Tour of Civil War Fredericksburg, with an overview on Thursday evening June 4 and the tour on Friday & Saturday, June 5-6.

ED BEARSS to lead ANTIETAM WALKING TOUR on JUNE 11

Here is a special opportunity to walk a major battlefield with the master, Edwin C. Bearss, the world's most celebrated battlefield tour guide - at Antietam, on Thursday, June 11. Also along on the tour, as an additional resource, will be noted author/historian, John M. "Mike" Priest.

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