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The SEVEN DAYS battles turned the course of the war in Virginia on its head. Union soldiers expected to be celebrating the 4th of July and the end of the war in the streets of Richmond. Instead they were driven 30 miles south on the banks of the James River and Robert E. Lee became the commander of what was to be The Army of Northern Virginia. 

On Saturday, April 8th, after we will have a preliminary stop in Richmond at the National Park Service Visitor Center located at the TREDEGAR IRON WORKS, the keystone of Confederate industry we move to Lee's headquarters. We then begin the tour of the SEVEN DAYS battlefields in order. Stops on the first day will include MECHANICSVILLE (Beaver Dam Creek), and then a more extensive visit to GAINES' MILL, the site of the largest battle of the campaign.

The next day we will be joined by battlefield park historian Randy Cleaver, who will guide us along the Union army's route of retreat, past SAVAGE'S STATION and WHITE OAK SWAMP. Primary stops will be at GLENDALE (Frayer's Farm), where the Union army narrowly avoided a significant defeat, and at MALVERN HILL (July 1). The Federals won a crushing victory at MALVERN HILL, to end the campaign on a high note tactically, despite the strategic setback. A final stop at the site of the Civil War's busiest hospital, CHIMBORAZO, will cap off our visit to Richmond. There will be medium-length walks at GAINES'S MILL, GLENDALE, and MALVERN HILL.

 Our guides are Robert E. L. Krick, who has lived & worked here since 1972. He grew up on the Chancellorsville battlefield and graduated from Mary Washington College. Mr. Krick authored "The Fortieth Virginia Infantry," and "Staff Officers In Gray." Randy Cleaver received his degree in History from Indiana University; became a U.S. Army officer, and in 1992 became a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide. With a short-term assignment at Harpers Ferry, he has served at Richmond National Military Park since 1998.

The price of this trip is $179. This includes round-trip motor-coach transportation from Hummelstown Lower Dauphin High School at 6:00 am., and the Camp Hill Radisson Hotel at 6:30 am., driver gratuity, deluxe hotel lodgings, two battlefield box lunches (or equivalent), complimentary hot breakfast, battlefield and historic sight admissions and National Park Service guides. Evening dinners will be on your own.

Registration Information

To register, complete the form below and mail it to Ricky Hollis, Hershey CWRT, P.O. Box 369, Palmyra, PA 17078. Your $25 deposit will hold your seat with the balance due by March 8, 2017. Cancellations received before March 8th, 2017 will receive a full refund. Cancellations after March 8 will receive a refund ONLY if the open seat(s) have been filled by another person. Make check payable to: Harrisburg CWRT Questions: Ricky Hollis at 717.805.7502 or email: or Joe Boslet at email:


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