Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tour of the Seven Days Battlefields

The Seven Days Battles
with Richmond National Battlefields Historian
Robert E. L. Krick
The 15th Civil War Forum
Battlefield Conference
Richmond, Virginia
March 31-April 3, 2011

There's still room to join us on a spectacular weekend of battlefield tramping with the most authoritative guide on the Seven Days battles, the culmination of the Peninsula Campaign of 1862 and a major turning point in the war. We have 40-some souls signed up so far, and will cut off registration when we fill our coach (either a 44- or a slightly larger coach).

Thursday afternoon, March 31st:
WALKING TOUR: 1:00-4:30 p.m.
a guided stroll with narrative interpretation through Hollywood Cemetery with historian Chris Ferguson (see bio below)we'll carpool from the hotel. Gather in the hotel lobby at 12:30 p.m. prepared to leave by 12:45 p.m.
No evening event scheduled for Thursday night.

Friday: April 1st:
BUS TOUR: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dabbs House (Lee's HQ); Meadow Bridges; Mechanicsville battlefield; lunch at Cold Harbor County Park; Gaines's Mill battlefield (extensive walking here); to close the day, we'll take the opportunity to stop at Yellow Tavern, since our hotel is on the edge of the battlefield, and the Stuart monument is less than a mile away and hard to find for most folks on their own.
RECEPTION: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Yellow Tavern Bar, in the hotel)
DINNER: 7:15 p.m. (Glen Restaurant -- in our reserved seating area)
AFTER-DINNER SPEAKER: 8:00 p.m. (York Room)
Robert E. L. Krick, on "Drewry's Bluff:  Gibraltar on the James"

Saturday: April 2nd:
BUS TOUR: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Savage's Station; White Oak Swamp; lunch at Elko Community Center, Frayser's Farm/Glendale (only recently accessible thanks to CWPT); and Malvern Hill (extensive walking here).
RECEPTION: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Yellow Tavern Bar)
DINNER: 7:15 p.m. (Glen Restaurant -- in our reserved seating area)
AFTER-DINNER SPEAKER: 8:00 p.m. (York Room)
John Coski, "After the Seventh Day They Rested"
John is the Historian and Director of Library & Research,
Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia

Sunday: April 3rd:
OPTIONAL car pool tour: 9:00 a.m. to noon:
Drewry's Bluff and Battery Dantzler (the two best sites between Richmond and Petersburg)
Gather in the hotel lobby at 8:30 a.m. for 8:45 a.m. departure.

includes Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tours
—includes box lunches on Friday and Saturday
—includes buffet dinner and after dinner speakers on Friday and Saturday evenings
Breakfast is not included, but you'll receive a discount voucher when you check in. No formal meeting is scheduled for breakfast, but we will still have a reserved seating area from 7:00-8:00 a.m. for anyone who has breakfast in the restaurant]
[Registration does not include lodging]
Pay by check or money order, or credit card via PayPal (request a PayPal invoice)
Mail checks or money orders (made out to David Woodbury)
to: Civil War Forum
P.O. Box 19130
Stanford, CA 94309

Wyndham Virginia Crossings hotel and conference center
1000 Virginia Center Parkway
Glen Allen (Richmond), Virginia 23059
Cost: $99 (with tax, it comes to 111.87 per night)

Most attendees will check into the hotel Wednesday evening (3/30/11) and check out Sunday morning (4/3/11).

RESERVATIONS: Individuals will be responsible for their own reservations. Reservations will be accepted over the telephone by calling (804) 727-1400 or (888) 444-6553 and referencing “15th Civil War Forum Battlefield Conference.” Book your rooms!

 Our Tour Guides:

Robert E. Lee Krick is a historian at the Richmond National Battlefield, and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Peninsula Campaign of 1862, and the Seven Days battles, as well as many other aspects of the Civil War in the East. He is the author many articles, as well as a regimental history of the 40th Virginia Infantry.

Bobby Krick is also author of a well-regarded reference work, Staff Officers in Gray: A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, which profiles over 2,000 officersa fine companion on your bookshelf to his father’s Lee’s Colonels. Check out this interview with Bobby Krick at the Civil War Preservation Trust website. More Malvern Hill videos, maps, and other resources from the same site.

Chris Ferguson is a native of Atlanta, Ga., currently residing in Winchester, Va. with his wife of 30 years and their beloved cat Romeo. He's a graduate of Georgia State University, BS: Criminal Justice, 1977, and is presently Vice President with Zwicker & Assoc., P.C., a national law firm based on Andover, MA. He is the author of two books covering the Confederate dead in Hollywood Cemetery, and co-author, with Robert K. Krick, of the Gettysburg Death Roster. He is also the author of numerous articles covering Confederate dead removed from Virginia battlefields.