Spring Campaign

THE PENINSULA - March 24-26

, USS Monitor, Casemate Museum and the generals of the Peninsula Campaign

Extend your Civil War Weekend experience with an optional two-night field trip to the Peninsula. Leaving directly from the Inn at Virginia Tech on March 24, we'll travel together by charter bus to Hampton, our base for the next two days.

We will tour the Mariners' Museum's world-class USS Monitor Center, which houses thousands of artifacts from the recovered vessel, including the Monitor's turret and two Dahlgren guns. At the museum we'll enjoy a private tour of the conservation area, where the Monitor's priceless artifacts are being restored. We will also see other artifacts from the Civil War navies, including the steering wheel of the CSS Virginia, the flag of the CSS Alabama, and items related to blockade running.

At Fort Monroe we will see the arched stone gateway where local fugitive slaves fled, thus inaugurating the process of emancipation. We'll also tour the Casemate Museum, which traces the history of Old Point Comfort from the seventeenth century through the twentieth. Included in the museum is the prison cell of Jefferson Davis, where the erstwhile Confederate president spent the first four months of the postwar period.

At the Battle of Dam No. 1 we will see the place where Union soldiers launched a futile attack against entrenched Confederate forces during the Peninsula Campaign. Many of the Confederate earthworks survive in excellent condition.

On our return trip to Blacksburg, we'll stop by for a behind-the-scenes look at the brand new American Civil War Museum in Richmond.

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

photo Our guide: Jonathan White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University and is the author or editor of eight books, including Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and Jefferson Davis Prize, a "best book" in Civil War Monitor, and the winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute's 2015 book prize. His most recent books include Lincoln on Law, Leadership and Life (2015); Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (2017), which was selected as a "best book" by Civil War Monitor; and "Our Little Monitor": The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (2018), which he co-authored with Anna Gibson Holloway. White serves on the Boards of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Lincoln Forum, and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia.

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