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    Richmond

    National Battlefield Park Virginia

Overland 150th -- Special Programs, Lectures, and Bus Tours

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Unless otherwise noted, exact program times are to be determined. All times are subject to change -- please check this page for updates.

April 29 -- 7:00pm: "No Turning Back: An Overview of the Overland Campaign"

NPS ranger program at Henrico County's Varina Library, 2001 Library Road, Varina, 23231

May 7 -- 5:30pm: "The Spring of 1864: A Season of Hope for the United States and the Confederacy"

Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society with University of Virginia Professor of History Gary Gallagher; sponsored by Richmond National Battlefield Park.

May 23 -- 12:00pm to 5:30pm: Battle of North Anna (bus tour)

A bus tour of the key North Anna sites that will include a visit to the Jericho Mill portion of the battlefield, on the 150th anniversary of the action. Tour will meet at the Cold Harbor Visitor Center (5515 Anderson-Wright Drive, Mechanicsville, 23111). Cost: $30. Capacity is limited to one bus. Reservations: 804-335-8100

May 28 -- 10:00am to 4:00pm: Battle of Haw's Shop (bus tour)

Tour will cover Grant's and Lee's movements from the North Anna River to Totopotomoy Creek. Stops include cavalry actions at Hanover Court House, Pamunkey River Crossings, Pollard's Farm and Haw's Shop. Tour will meet at the Chimborazo Visitor Center, 3215 E Broad St, Richmond, 23223). Cost: $30. Capacity is limited to one bus. Reservations: 804-335-8100

May 30 -- 9:00am to 12:30pm: May 30 Anniversary (bus tour)

A visit to key sites on the precise 150th anniversary of their day of fame. Tour will include Bethesda Church battlefield, Polegreen Church, Matadequin Creek battlefield, and exterior visits to two privately owned Civil War era homes. Tour will meet at the Hanover County Government Center (7497 County Complex Rd., Hanover, 23069). Cost: $25. Capacity is limited to one bus. Reservations: 804-335-8100

June 14 -- 8:30am to 4:30pm: Grant's Army moves from Cold Harbor to the James River (bus tour)

A bus tour that travels the historic roads used by Grant's army a century and a half before. The tour will visit significant sites connected with that stealthy march toward the river. On the south side of the James, the tour will focus on sites related to the Union army's march, and initial assaults on Petersburg. Tour will meet at the Cold Harbor Visitor Center (5515 Anderson-Wright Drive, Mechanicsville, 23111). Cost: $40. Capacity is limited to one bus. Reservations: 804-335-8100

June 29 -- 8:30pm: "Voices from the Storm: The Overland Campaign"

Outdoor multimedia program using live narration, dramatic readings, images, lighting, and images to explore the many facets of the Overland Campaign, its interrelationship to the political, social, and military situation at the time, the impact of leaders and leadership, the ordeal of civilians – both free and enslaved – and the changing human experience of battle as manifested during the battles that took place from Wilderness and Spotsylvania, to Cold Harbor, to Petersburg. Taking place at Historic Tredegar, the program is a joint project of Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, and the American Civil War Museum.

July 26: "War Returns To Gravel Hill: A Day of African American History, Genealogy, and Battlefield Tours"

Park staff and local historians will hold sessions on Gravel Hill's history, the 1864 battles, and African American research and genealogy in the morning. The afternoon will feature tours of Gravel Hill Baptist Church, family cemeteries, and the battlefields of Darbytown Road and Fussell's Mill.

Did You Know?

USS Galena gun boat during the Civil War

The first Marine Corps Medal of Honor was awarded to Corporal John Mackie for his conduct aboard the USS Galena at the battle of Drewry’s Bluff, May 15, 1862.