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2020 Schedule
June 12-14, 2020

Friday, June 12

12:00  -   1:00   Check in - Allegheny Room, JMU Festival Conference & Student Center
 1:00       Nick Picerno - Welcome
 1:15       Charlie Knight – Little Billy Mahone: Railroader, Soldier, Readjuster
 2:15       Jerry Desmond – For Cause and Comrades: An Overview of the Petersburg Campaign
 3:15       Scott Patchan – Winchester to Appomattox, the Emergence of Sheridan’s Cavalry as a Strike Force
 4:15  -   6:00   Book signings and Free Time
 6:00  -   6:30   Reception – Allegheny Room, JMU Festival Conference & Student Center
 6:30  -   8:30   Dinner

Saturday, June 13

11:00  -   12:00   Stop 1 – Petersburg National Battlefield Eastern Front Visitor Center
Self-guided tour of the Visitor Center and an option to walk 0.4 miles to the replica of the mortar Dictator
12:00  -   1:00   Lunch
1:00  -   1:45   Stop 2 – Battery #5
Short walking tour of the initial Union assaults against Petersburg’s defenses on June 15, 1864
2:00  -   2:15   Stop 3 – Siege Encampment Exhibit, Eastern Front Driving Tour, Petersburg National Battlefield
View a recreation of the fortifications at Petersburg and discuss their role during the campaign
2:30  -   3:00   Stop 4 – First Maine Heavy Artillery Monument, Eastern Front Driving Tour, Petersburg National Battlefield
Walk 0.25 miles along the path of the First Maine Heavy Artillery’s charge on June 18, 1864
3:00  -   3:30   Stop 5 – Fort Stedman, Eastern Front Driving Tour, Petersburg National Battlefield
Walk 0.25 miles in the path of the Confederate attack against Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865
3:45  -   4:30   Stop 6 – The Crater, Eastern Front Driving Tour, Petersburg National Battlefield
Walk 0.25 miles to the entrance of the tunnel dug under the Confederate fortifications. Discuss the construction of the mine and the Union plan to exploit its explosion. Walk 0.1 miles to the Crater and discuss the savage fighting on July 30, 1864. Return 0.2 miles to the bus
6:00  -      Dinner buffet at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, Richmond
Dinner Speaker: Edward Alexander, The Wedge that Split the Confederacy. The development of the tactics that allowed the Union’s Sixth Corps to breach the Confederate lines on April 2, 1865

 

Sunday, June 14

8:30  -   9:30   Stop 1 – A.P. Hill Death Site Behind Sentry Hill Court subdivision, Petersburg, VA 23803
Bus will trace the route of A.P. Hill’s final ride past the site of Robert E. Lee’s headquarters and then visit the spot where John Mauk shot the Third Corps commander.
9:30  -  11:00   Stop 2 – Breakthrough Battlefield at Pamplin Historical Park 6523 Duncan Road, Petersburg, VA 23803
Walking tour covering 0.6 miles at the site of the Union attack that decisively broke the Confederate lines on April 2, 1865. It is possible to reduce the tour distance if necessary.
11:15  -  12:00   Stop 3 – The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA 23803
Self-guided tour of interactive exhibits covering the life of a Civil War soldier. Attendees also have the option to visit the Tudor Hall Plantation (0.3 mile roundtrip walk) on their own. Guide will float around the museum and plantation to assist with questions and discussion.
12:15  -   1:15   Lunch – Giuseppe’s Pizza (on your own)
1:30  -   2:00   or 2:30 Stop 4 – Five Forks Battlefield