Gaines' Mill Battlefield, Virginia.
Buddy Secor

Saturday & Sunday Tours

Grand Review 2021

Saturday & Sunday Tour Descriptions and Walking Level
American Battlefield Trust Event
September 24 - 26, 2021


From Richmond to Appomattox Court House with Patrick Schroeder 

Description:  The Confederate evacuation of Richmond and Petersburg on April 2, 1865, initiated a fast and furious campaign that culminated in the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's forces at Appomattox Court House; unofficially marking the end of the Civil War to many history buffs. Follow in the footsteps of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee and they raced westward—Lee in search of supplies and an opportunity to turn south and meet Joe Johnston's army in North Carolina—and Grant trying to bag the "Gray Fox" before he could escape once more. Join National Park Service historian Patrick Schroder as he follows in the footsteps of Grant and Lee in their campaign to Appomattox.  

Walking Level:  Light. Approximately 1-1.5  miles of total walking on some uneven terrain. 

To the Gates of Richmond: The Seven Days Battles of 1862 with Garry Adelman & Kristopher White 

Description:  It was the campaign that put Robert E. Lee on the map for most history buffs, and they were the battles that turned the Eastern Theater of the Civil War on its earthe Seven Days Battles. Lee and his newly dubbed Army of Northern Virginia undertook an aggressive offensive campaign against George B. McClellan and the Army of the Potomac outside of Richmond, Virginia. In a matter of roughly one week, Lee wrestled the initiative away from the Federals, secured the Confederate capital, and laid plans to carry the war to central and northern Virginia. Join American Battlefield Trust historians Garry Adelman and Kristopher White for a fun and photo-filled tour of some of the famous actions of the Seven Days Battles—from Gaines's Mill to Malvern Hill—experience the victories of Lee and the missed opportunities of McClellan, and hear the stories of the combatants while visiting some of the land that members of the American Battlefield Trust helped to preserve in the Richmond area.  

Walking Level: Moderate. Approximately 2.5 miles of total walking on uneven terrain. 

Historic Homes and Gardens of the Richmond Area 

Description:  Visit several unique homes to learn about Richmond from the mid-1700s to the early 1930s. Stops will include Tuckahoe Plantation - Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home; Agecroft Plantation – a 16th century English manor house relocated to the United States; and Maggie Walker’s Home – a prominent community leader and businesswoman, she was the first African-American woman in the United States to found a bank. 

Walking Level:  Light. Expect less than one mile of walking and standing in a garden and museum environment. 


North Anna to Cold Harbor, and Key Points In Between with Bobby Krick 

Description:  The Union army's hike from the North Anna River toward the Pamunkey River was the most grueling march of the entire Overland Campaign.  Our bus will follow the obscure and original roads used by that army, passing many historic buildings on our way to the Pamunkey crossings.  From there our tour will examine the cavalry battlefield at Haw's Shop (in all likelihood our last glimpse of it in a nearly pristine condition) and the often forgotten action at Totopotomoy Creek.  We also will look at the early parts of the Battle of Cold Harbor, including the first-ever group stop at the 50-acre parcel recently saved by the Trust at the Old Cold Harbor crossroads. 

Walking Level:  Moderate. Approximately 2 miles of total walking on uneven terrain. 


To the North Anna River with Gordon C. Rhea 

Description:  On the evening of May 20, 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant initiated an operation designed to break his deadlock with Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Spotsylvania Court House.  On the morning of the tour, we will follow the routes of the armies out of Spotsylvania Court House, starting at Massaponax Church and continuing through Todd’s Tavern, Guinea Station, Milford Station, Mount Carmel Church, and other highlights of the movement that culminated in the Union attack at Henagan’s Redoubt and Chesterfield Bridge.  After lunch, we will hike the main trail at the North Anna Battlefield Park, tracing the western leg of Lee’s defensive formation to Ox Ford.  We will then visit property recently acquired by the American Battlefield Trust near Jericho Mills, where Union forces first gained a foothold south of the river.  Several of the sites will be on private property and otherwise inaccessible.   

Walking Level:  Heavy. Approximately 5 miles of total walking on rugged, hilly, and uneven terrain. 


SUNDAY TOURS  (Half-Day Tours)

Abraham Lincoln in Richmond with Mike Gorman 

Description:  In the waning days of the Civil War, the Confederate capital of Richmond fell to Union forces. On April 4th, two days after Confederate forces evacuated Richmond, President Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad visited the still smoldering ruins of the South's former Capital. Join National Park Service historian Mike Gorman for this walking tour through Richmond, as he retraces the steps of Lincoln, in the final weeks of the American Civil War.  

Walking Level:  Moderate. Approximately 3 miles of total walking and standing in a city setting. 

Civil War Artillery Photo Extravaganza with Garry Adelman (Lecture)

Description:  From the first shots in Charleston Harbor to the massive salutes that signaled the war’s end, artillery played a crucial role throughout the Civil War and the “long arm” continues to fascinate students, buffs, and engineers, alike, Join historian Garry Adelman for a wide-ranging, indoor presentation that endeavors to cover the people, places and technology that renders artillery a topic of endless fascination.  From massed and masked battalions to river and fortress batteries to the terrible human consequence of cannons, and to the tubes seen on battlefields today Adelman will endeavor to cover it all for novices and experts alike. Hang onto your hats—he will cover the practical and the emotional sides in an energetic manner available nowhere else!   

A City of Hospitals and Prisons with Nathan Hall 

Description:  Richmond was the political, social, and manufacturing hub for the Southern Confederacy. The city, too, was the target of numerous Federal offensives. As the war drug on, the city absorbed refugees, wounded soldiers, and prisoners of war. Join National Park Historian Nathan Hall for a visit to some of the most famous sites associated with wartime Richmond—the former sites of Libby Prison, the Chimborazo Hospital site, and the Belle Isle Prison.  

Walking Level:  Moderate. Approximately 3 miles of total walking and standing in a city setting. 

Surprise and Capture Richmond: The Battles of New Market Heights and Fort Harrison with Doug Crenshaw & Dan Davis 

Description:  In late September 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant planned a strike against Robert E. Lee’s supply lines of the Boydton Plank Road and Southside Railroad at Petersburg. To draw Confederate attention away from that front, Grant directed Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler to launch an offensive against Richmond. On September 29, Butler pushed his troops over the James River. The ensuing engagements resulted in the capture of Confederate positions at New Market Heights and Fort Harrison. Join the Trust’s Education Manager Dan Davis and Doug Crenshaw, a Board member of the Richmond Battlefields Association for an exploration of New Market Heights and Fort Harrison. Hear the stories of valor at New Market Heights that resulted in the issuance of 14 Medals of Honor to members of the United States Colored Troops and of the brutal fighting in the forgotten chapter of the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign at Fort Harrison. 

Walking Level: Light. Roughly one mile of walking on pathways and standing on uneven terrain.