• Gaines' Mill battlefield -- Watt House area

    Richmond

    National Battlefield Park Virginia

2013 Saturday Ranger Series

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From Battlefields to City Streets: the park's new Summer Ranger Series will explore a variety of Civil War stories

Richmond National Battlefield Park is inviting residents and visitors to spend their Saturdays with Park Rangers exploring the area's Civil War history - on battlefields and in historic buildings, on city streets and country lanes, from the James River to the Chickahominy.

Every Saturday, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, rangers will explore a different aspect of Richmond's Civil War history, including...

  • Exploring Lee's first command victory at the 1862 Battle of Gaines' Mill - and the civilians whose farms became killing fields…
  • Seeing how the war might have ended one year after it began had the Union Navy been successful in reaching the city of Richmond…
  • Finding out what happened during the bread riots, when food became scarce, how Richmond's industry - especially the Tredegar Iron Works - impacted the war effort, and the advent of photography and how it recorded scenes of war for audiences back home…
  • Looking at Civil War railroads and the impact of terrain and landscape…
  • Learning what African Americans in Hanover and Henrico counties experienced as the tides of war rose and receded, and the heroic role of the United States Colored Troops in our area in the final autumn of the war…
  • And so much more...

All programs are free and open to the public. Download the full schedule here. Details about each event are listed in the park's schedule of events.

Did You Know?

Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States during the CIvil War

President Abraham Lincoln visited the Richmond area twice during the war. In July 1862 he met with General McClellan at Harrison’s Landing on the James River. Lincoln came to Richmond on April 4, 1865 and walked the streets of a city still smouldering from the evacuation fires.