Photograph of a cannon under a blooming tree

Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, Va.

Rob Shenk

Color Bearers at the Annual Conference

The tour schedule is tentative and subject to change.
American Battlefield Trust Event
May 12 - 15, 2022

Welcome Color Bearers!

A benefit of your Color Bearer Membership is to join exclusive tour on Thursday afternoon, as well as the Color Bearer dinner on Friday night. Below you will find the tours and descriptions for you to choose from. Lower on the page, you'll read about our guest speaker, Wayne Motts. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - Tour Selections for Color Beaer Tours

160 Years of Fighting at Manassas and Chantilly with Kristopher White, Garry Adelman and Sarah Kay Bierle 

Walking Level: Light. Expect less than one-half miles of walking on paths and slightly rolling terrain.

Description: The several Civil War battles fought at and around Manassas and Chantilly, Virginia, were only the beginning. After the war, local landowners fought with tourists. Reenactors “fought” on the Manassas National Battlefield for the Civil War Centennial and the whole vicinity became ground zero for some of the early fights that began the modern battlefield preservation movement.  Join American Battlefield Trust deputy director of education Kristopher White and Trust education associate Sarah Kay Bierle for a lively tour that will cover this broad span—from combat to conservation, from Isaac Stevens to Annie Snyder and from Henry Hill to Ox Hill photos and folklore will highlight this experience.

“A Want of Vigilance”: The Battle of Bristoe Station with Robert Orrison and Kevin Pawlak

Walking Level: Light. Expect a little more than one mile of walking on paths and slightly rolling terrain.

Description: After Gettysburg and before the Overland Campaign, Confederate General Robert E. Lee determined to retain the initiative in Virginia against the Army of the Potomac. The October campaign was full of maneuvers, skirmishes and “what ifs.” The campaign culminated in the Battle of Bristoe Station on October 14, 1863. The tour will cover the events on October 14, 1863, and includes a walking tour of Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. New preservation efforts on the battlefield will also be discussed.

"Tracing an American Fighting Force" A Visit to the National Museum of the U.S. Army with Dan Davis

Walking Level: Light

DescriptionJoin Dan Davis, the Trust's Education Manager, as we visit the newly opened National Museum of the U.S. Army. We'll trace the history of the U.S. Army from its early days as colonial militia to the current conflicts overseas. You'll explore exhibits and artifacts from soldiers in the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the Buffalo Soldiers, Alvin York and Ulysses S. Grant.

Friday, May 13, 2022 - Color Bearer Dinner

6:45 - 7:15 pm     Cocktail Reception for Color Bearers
7:30 - 9:00 pm    Author Dinner with Keynote Speaker Wayne Motts

“Furthering Preservation and Education at Gettysburg-Attracting New Audiences, Keeping Old Regulars, and Exploring the Everchanging Narrative at America’s Best-Known Battlefield.” Mark Twain once said, “I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself.” Join historian, battlefield guide, and the President & CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation as he recounts Gettysburg stories intended to attract new groups of enthusiasts, donors, and supporters as well as inspire, reenergize, and keep all those already bitten by the Civil War bug.

Wayne E. Motts
grew up outside Columbus, Ohio where his family founded and operates Motts Military Museum in Groveport. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in military history and holds an MA in American History from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Wayne is currently the President & CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation. Before arriving at the Foundation in May 2021, Wayne was the CEO of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a post he held for nine years and where he is now CEO emeritus. He has been a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg National Military Park for 34 years. He is the author of the only published biography of Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead who fell at Gettysburg, and the co-author (with James A. Hessler) of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History.