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For a quarter century, Virginia Tech alumni and other history enthusiasts have gathered together each spring to learn about the latest research in Civil War history. Please join us in March 2017 for the 26th annual Civil War Weekend.

As usual, we'll enjoy the wonderful food and charming on-campus facilities of the Inn at Virginia Tech. And as usual we'll hear from some of the best Civil War speakers around, including old friends William C. "Jack" Davis and James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr.

You'll also notice some new and special features this year. March 17 happens to be St. Patrick's Day, and David Gleeson, the world's leading authority on the Irish in the Confederacy, will join us from the U.K. to deliver Friday's opening lecture.

On Saturday all five lectures will address a common question: What were the crucial turning points of the Civil War? The biggest issue is when, exactly, Union victory became certain. But the speakers will challenge us to think about other kinds of turning points as well. How did international diplomacy or the Emancipation Proclamation alter the course of the war? How much influence could one individual---namely Stonewall Jackson---exert? And even if the final Petersburg campaign did not really determine whether or not the Union would win, what did it mean for precisely when and how victory came?

Another innovation is the Spring Campaign, an optional two-night field trip to Petersburg immediately following the Weekend. We'll travel together on a charter bus to enjoy a customized tour of the Petersburg National Battlefield, a behind-the-scenes visit to Pamplin Historical Park, and choice restaurant meals in buildings that predate the Civil War. It's going to be a memorable trip!

Whether you're a lifelong Civil War buff or just looking for a fun opportunity to learn more, there's no better way to spend a few days in March. We look forward to seeing you then.

With best wishes,
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Photo of Paul Quigley Paul Quigley
James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies
Director, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

THE SPRING CAMPAIGN: PETERSBURG

photo of Petersburg National Battlefield and photo of City Point

All new for 2017: extend your Civil War Weekend experience with an optional Spring Campaign to Petersburg. Leaving directly from the Inn at Virginia Tech, we'll travel together by charter bus to Petersburg, a town with an extraordinary Civil War history.

The highlight of the field trip is a day-long guided tour of the Petersburg National Battlefield, home of the climactic campaign of the Civil War. We'll visit the elaborate fortifications constructed by both sides in more than nine months of operations. We'll stand where Union engineers stood, when they detonated four tons of explosives and sparked the Battle of the Crater. And we'll walk City Point, site of the slave plantation that was transformed into Grant's headquarters and the hub of the Union army's sophisticated supply network.

On the final morning, we'll explore Pamplin Historical Park. Located on the ground of the April 2, 1865 "breakthrough" battle, the Pamplin contains two award-winning museums and four antebellum homes as well as some of the best-preserved fortifications anywhere. Pamplin staff will provide us with a special behind-the-scenes program.

To top it all off, we'll dine at two area restaurants with rich histories of their own. The Brickhouse Run in historic downtown Petersburg is an English pub-style restaurant located in a building that was constructed circa 1816. And the Halfway House Restaurant, which dates all the way back to 1760, was used as a headquarters in 1864 by none other than General Benjamin F. Butler.

The cost of the Spring Campaign includes accommodation, all meals, tours, and round trip transport between Blacksburg and Petersburg. Space is limited so please register right away!


For More Information Contact:

Michelle Kovac
Project Manager, Continuing and Professional Education
(540) 231-9488
Email: mkovac@vt.edu



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