Day 1: Today we travel east into Missouri to begin our study of the Civil War and to visit many of the sites that played a significant role in the war between the states. This afternoon we visit the Battle of Lexington State Historic site in Lexington, MO. Later we travel to Hannibal for the night.
2: Today we stop in Springfield, IL, to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Here we learn about our 16th President from his early years through his Presidency during the years of the Civil War. Later we stop at the Lincoln Tomb just outside Springfield. An included box lunch as we travel allows us to get to Greenfield, IN, for night.
3: Today our travel take us through the rich farmland of Ohio and through western Pennsylvania. Night in Gettysburg.
4: Our first stop today is at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Here we view the film “A New Birth of Freedom”, visit the Museum and view the Cyclorama. Next a historian guide joins us for a tour of the Battlefield. Following lunch on the Battlefield we will walk Pickett’s Charge. Dinner this evening is at the Dobbin House and will be followed by a visit from “General and Mrs. Lee”.
5: Harpers Ferry, the site of John Brown’s Raid in 1859 is our first stop today. A historian guide is along to help understand that raid and Lee’s capture of Harper’s Ferry in 1862. In the afternoon we visit Antietam, the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. Night in Hagerstown, MD.
6: With our historian guide leading the way we first visit the Manassas National Battlefield Park which preserves the scene of two major Civil War battles. Later we are off to Fredericksburg, VA, the site of a December, 1862, battle between General Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and Maj. General Burnside’s Union Army of the Potomac. Following dinner we spend the night in Fredericksburg.
7: Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America. Today is our chance to not only learn more about the Confederate Capital but also about industry in Richmond during the Civil War. Next three nights in Richmond.
8: Today our historian guide takes us on the Hampton Roads to Skiffes Creek, Battle of Lee’s Mill and Battle of Dam No. 1. A cruise on board Miss Hampton II on the Monitor-Merrimack Harbor passes over the site of the Battle of the Ironclads. A visit to the Mariner’s Museum features a “Clash of Armor” exhibit that tells the story of the famous sea battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack. We also tour the Lee Hall Mansion which was Magruder’s headquarters during the Warwick River siege. Dinner is included this evening.
9: The Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1 began the chain of events that led to the capture of Petersburg and the fall of Richmond. Our historian guide helps us to understand these events as well as those that took place on April 9 as General Lee determined to make one last attempt to escape the Union Army. The arrival of Union infantry stopped the advance in its tracks surrounding Lee’s army on three sides. General Lee surrendered to General Grant on April 9 at Appomattox Court House. Dinner is included this evening. Night in Lynchburg.
10: With a better understanding of some of the epic battles of the Civil War we are headed west toward Kansas. A stop at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site helps us to better understand the 17th President and his work following Lincoln’s assassination and during attempts to reunify a nation torn by civil war. Night in Harriman, TN.
11: By mid morning we are in Nashville where a local guide helps us to understand Nashville's significance during the Civil War. Later we travel to Paducah, KY, for the night.
12: Named the most popular attraction in Kentucky, the murals on the Paducah Flood Wall allow us a glimpse into Paducah's past. We travel west to St. Louis this afternoon and visit the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. Night in St. Peters.
13: With a better understanding of the Civil War and its many battles we are heading back home.
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