Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation


Trekkers: Mike Movius & Richard Dickson
December 10 - December 16, 2012
Flight: Seattle to Richmond
Lodging: Presidential Resort of Chancellorsville, 9220 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Transportation: United Airlines & Thrifty Car Rental
Day 0 - Seattle to Washington Dulles to Richmond
December 10, 2012
United Airlines Flight 419 Depart: 8:05 a.m. Arrive: 3:35 p.m.
United Airlines Flight 3387 Depart: 4:56 p.m. Arrive: 5:37 p.m.

Day 1 - Chancellorsville Battlefield
December 11, 2012
NOTE: We started the morning by going to the visitor center and watching the film. Then, we walked the area in which General Stonewall Jackson was wounded. We then spent the rest of the day on the driving tour, making sure we stopped at every site, got out of the vehicle and walked to every display.

In our curiosity, we also walked into areas that are generally not part of the tour. For example, we climbed the hill behind the Catherine Furnace and located the site of the smelter's many buildings; through the trench lines dug by General Hooker's troops to protect the Army of the Potomac as they retreated across the Rappahannock River; and to Matthew Fontaine Maury's birth site. This was a very productive day and a highly recommended way of visiting battlefields.

Day 2 - Richmond, VA
December 12, 2012
Museum of the Confederacy
1201 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
NOTE: Parking is a problem. Suggest parking in the elevated hospital parking structure immediately adjacent to the museum.

This is a most amazing museum. Not only is photography welcome, but the collection is replete with the actual items owned and used by the likes of Stonewall Jackson, J.E.B. Stuart, Robert E. Lee, to name but a few. In addition, they are displayed in such a way as to provide the viewer with a true sense of the men who owned them. This is THE PLACE! Your Civil War trekking will never be absolutely complete unless you visit this sanctuary.

White House of the Confederacy
1201 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219
NOTE: Your tour begins at the entrance to the Museum of the Confederacy as the white house is actually right next door. Photography inside is prohibited. The guide will tell you about the president, his family, his work habits and their living style. This facility is well-preserved with many of the original furnishings, service items, paintings, etc. from the 1860s. This is a must see!

Virginia State Capitol
9th & Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
804-698-1788 - Tour information
NOTE: Another great American historical site. The history here is immense. Bring your camera and photograph the many wonderful sculptures and statuary.

Lunch: Meriwether's Cafe, Virginia State Capitol

Monument Avenue
1600 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
NOTE: Just be careful about the traffic if you are taking photographs. One of the most amazing things to learn is that there is a monument to Matthew Fontaine Maury, the most famous man you have never heard about. We actually ran across Maury's birthplace on the Chancellorsville driving tour. Maury, who left the U.S. Navy for the Confederacy, is known as "Pathfinder of the Seas", "Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology" and "Scientist of the Seas".

Hollywood Cemetery
412 South Cherry Street
Richmond, VA 23220
NOTE: Make sure you have a good map and reliable GPS. But, once you arrive, you will realize this is NOT your hometown pea patch cemetery. This place is immense. Being males, we did not ask directions…and spent an inordinate amount of time driving around this huge cemetery. But, we did find President Jefferson Davis and family, Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler and their families, Generals Pegram and Fitzhugh Lee and, incredibly, Matthew Fontaine Maury.

Lecture by Dr. Gary Gallagher and Robert K. Krick

Day 3 - David Ward Tour - Fredericksburg
December 13, 2012
Tour lead by Dr. Gary Gallagher & Robert K. Krick

Day 4 - David Ward Tour - Rappahannock Station & Mine Run
December 14, 2012
Tour lead by Ed Bearss
NOTE: We can't say enough about these three wonderful historians. Getting a chance to meet them and listen to their stories was an absolute thrill. David Ward puts on an excellent array of tours every year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Day 5 - Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield
December 15, 2012
NOTE: Take the time to walk this battlefield. It is very large, so do the driving tour and get out at each stop, especially at the Mule Shoe Salient. Read the names around the salient, concentrate on the troop movements and who lead them (regiments and leaders) and try to imagine the struggle in the rain and mud. The earthworks are confusing, especially at the north end as they were dug by both Confederate and Union troops. This was another very productive day.

Day 6 - Richmond to Newark to Seattle
December 16, 2012
United Airlines Flight 4463 Depart: 12:55 p.m. Arrive: 2:17 p.m.
United Airlines Flight 1579 Depart: 4:00 p.m. Arrive: 6:50 p.m.