On to Richmond: First Manassas – April 14, 2016

On to Richmond: First Manassas – April 14, 2016

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Thursday,  April 14, 2016 – 8am to 5pm

(Leaving from the Hilton Dulles Hotel – Herndon, VA)

Led by: General John “Jack” Mountcastle, U.S. Army (ret.)

Registration Fee: $145

On to Richmond: The First Battle at ManassasAmerica’s History’s bus tour for the Company of Military Historians’ annual meeting will focus on the Civil War’s first major campaign in the East. The call was “On to Richmond” when Union and Confederate armies collided near Manassas Junction, the battle that became known as First Manassas or First Bull Run as it was known in the North.

We have designed this tour so it will not duplicate any other activities planned for the CMH annual meeting.

This tactical tour will include the major sites associated with the battle at First Manassas such as Henry House Hill where Col. Jonathan T. Jackson acquired his immortal sobriquet, “Stonewall,” Matthews Hill where Union artillery blasted away at the Confederates on Henry House Hill, the Stone House which was used as a field hospital for Federal wounded, the famous Stone Bridge over Bull Run where the Yankee withdrawal turned into a rout and other significant sites on the battlefield. We have included in our itinerary the rarely visited Blackburn’s Ford site which saw action on July 18, prior to the main engagement.

The Manassas National Battlefield Park includes sites associated with both the first and second battles of Manassas or Bull Run. This will enable us to include an interpretation of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson’s great victory over John Pope in August 1862. We will make stops are the Brawner Farm where the Union army’s Iron Brigade earned fame for its courage, the “railroad cut” where Jackson’s men fought with rocks when ammunition ran out, the 5th New York Infantry’s stand west of Groveton where that regiment sustained the highest causality rate of any Union regiment during the war. We’ll end the day at Chinn Ridge where Pope’s army made its last stand against the Confederate onslaught under James Longstreet.

As in the past, we will return to the hotel in time for the opening reception.

This tour is also open to non-Company members who enjoy tours sponsored by America’s History, LLC.

Registration Fee: $145.00 (Our Yorktown tour last year was full, so please register early.)

What’s included: motor coach transportation, lunch, beverage and snack breaks, a map and materials package, all admissions and gratuities, and the services of an experienced tour guide. Tour goes out rain or shine.

Hotel: The headquarters hotel for this tour is the Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon, Virginia, 20171. The room rate is an exceptional $119.00 per night for a first class room. The room block for the meeting is only being held until March 15. Please call 800-445-8667 for reservations and mention “the Company of Military Historians meeting at the Washington Dulles Hilton.”

Our Tour Leader: We have enlisted the services of Brig. Gen. Jack Mountcastle, an army historian and very popular tour guide. Jack is a graduate of VMI, a Vietnam veteran with a Ph.D. in history from Duke University and was chief of military history and commander of the U.S. Army Center for Military History at Fort McNair before his retirement.

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Register by phone, e-mail, or U.S.P.S.:

  • Call Bruce Venter at 703-785-4373 or e-mail at bruceventer@aol.com with an questions you may have
  • Postal address is America’s History LLC, PO Box 1076, Goochland, VA 23063.

America’s History LLC accepts Visa, Master Card or Discover. We’re happy to take checks too!



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