“On to Richmond!” That was the battle cry of every soldier in the Union Army in the spring of 1862. To achieve that end, Union General George B. McClellan ferries a flotilla of 400 vessels carrying 112,000 troops (and the accoutrements of war) from Washington D.C. to the landing at Fort Monroe. His intention? To march up Virginia’s Peninsula and capture the Confederate capital of Richmond. But first, he must tangle with the Confederate forces under Major General John Bankhead Magruder – “Prince John”, whose army is initially just 11,000 troops strong.
We invite you to join us and our guide, renowned historian and author John V. Quarstein on Sunday May 2nd as we retrace the steps of these remarkable Americans.
Our excursion will include:
¨ Fort Monroe, where it all began and where Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned for two years following the end of the war.
¨ Lee’s Mill, which formed part of Magruder's second line of defense.
¨ Dam #1 (or as the Union troops called it, "The Battle of Burnt Chimneys") which resulted in 165 Union and 145 Confederate casualties.
¨ Redoubts 1 & 2 - Battle of Williamsburg, where such notable warriors as James Longstreet and “Fighting Joe” Hooker led their troops in battle.
¨ Lee Hall Mansion, the only large antebellum plantation house remaining on the lower Virginia Peninsula. During the Peninsula Campaign the home was used as headquarters for Major General Magruder and General Joseph E. Johnston.
We will meet at the GRTC location in front of Lowe's (1512 Koger Center Boulevard behind the Chesterfield Towne Center) at 7:15 am and the bus will leave promptly at 7:30 am. With the cost only $27.00 per person this is one battle field tour you won’t want to miss!