Grant Moves South
The Petersburg Campaign
September 28 - 29
Enrollment fee is $325 (Does not
include lodging) Includes breakfast
and lunch each day.
Telephone (804) 226-1888 $72/night double occupancy Reservation Code
We’ll start the program Friday evening at 8PM with two lectures highlighting various aspects of the Petersburg campaign. A. Wilson Greene will discuss, based on his book Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion the closing scenes in the long nine and one half month siege at Petersburg. Dr. Richard J. Sommers will deliver a lecture on “Grant & Lee at Petersburg,” which will examine the siege and focus on Grant’s late September offensive.
On Saturday we’ll follow the dean of Civil War guides Ed Bearss as he takes the group first to Grant’s headquarters at City Point. From there, we’ll march toward Petersburg and open the siege by reviewing the attack of Maj. Gen. baldy Smith and the XVIII Corps against the Dimmock line. We’ll finish the morning by covering in detail, the operation which resulted in the famous battle of the Crater on 30 July 1864 – the Petersburg Mine. In the afternoon we’ll interpret the Battle of the Weldon Railroad – Globe Tavern -- and finish the day with the Battle of Peebles farm and the action near Poplar Church.
On Sunday with Ed Bearss and Richard Sommers we’ll visit the scene of the battles of 1st and 2nd of Deep Bottom, Fussell’s Mill, New Market Heights, Fort Harrison and Fort Gilmer .