Partners and Events
Richmond and Petersburg National Battlefields
Though Grant promised at Spotsylvania that he would fight it out on that line "if it takes all summer," he instead pressed south, pushing ever closer to Richmond. The Overland Campaign escalated in its exhausting tactics and bloodshed as it spiraled southward, and as spring lengthened into summer, the armies came to stare each other down in siege operations around Petersburg.
Central Virginia Battlefields Trust
The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust will hold its Annual Meeting on Friday, May 2, 2014, featuring noted author and historian Gordon Rhea as a guest speaker. For information or to make reservations, go to cvbt.org
Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust will host a ceremony featuring a special preservation announcement tied to the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness at noon on May 3, at Saunders Field (Tour Stop 3). More details will be available soon. The Civil War Trust also sponsors an excellent website that features maps and other resources to learn more about the battle.
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield
The Friends of Wilderness Battlefield will host several events associated with the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness, including a special two-day bus tour with noted author and historian Gordon Rhea. Learn more at fowb.org
Henrico County, VA plans to sponsor a bus tour on May 11, 2014 to commemorate J.E.B. Stuart's last battle--Yellow Tavern.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground is working with local schools in Orange County, VA to create a series of videos as part of their "Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student" program that will deeply engage local students in the history that truly happened in their backyard.
Lake of the Woods Civil War Study Group
The Lake of the Woods Civil War Study Group has planned a variety of events to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness. For more information on their programs, check their website.
Orange County, VA
Check Orange County, VA's webpage for more information on events related to the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness.
Spotsylvania County, VA (includes Reenactment, May 1-4)
On May 1-4, Spotsylvania County will host a reenactment honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House. For more information on tickets and activities, visit their websites at 150spotsylvania.com and visitspotsy.com.
Did You Know?
Ambrose Burnside turned down the offer to command the Army of the Potomac on two occasions. Finally, he accepted the offer only to keep Joseph Hooker from taking the position.