The Civil War in Coastal North Carolina

Wednesday, November 15 (7pm) – Saturday November 18, 2017  (5:00pm)

Led By: Horace Mewborn and Wade Sokolosky

HQ: New Bern, NC

Tour Registration Fee: $475 

One of the most overlooked campaigns of the Civil War may be General Ambrose E. Burnside’s successful amphibious expedition to capture New Bern, North Carolina in March 1862 and the subsequent capture of Fort Macon in May. New Bern also became the staging area for Brig. Gen. John G. Foster’s strategic raid on Goldsborough nine months later. Another understudied battle is the March 1865 action at Wise’s Forks, the second largest battle fought in North Carolina during the war. This tour will remedy both of these shortcomings for Civil War enthusiasts who want to visit outstanding sites on newly preserved land along with some on private property.

On our first day we will visit the recently preserved battlefield at New Bern and several associated sites around the city. The battle of New Bern was extremely important to the Union war effort because this victory allowed Federal forces to establish a foot hold in the Tar Heel state for the rest of the war. A portion of the battlefield is owned by the New Bern Historical Society which has constructed walking trails to various Confederates fortifications and batteries and has installed excellent interpretative signs and maps. The remainder of the battlefield, on private property, will also be visited. [Read more…]

Braddock’s Defeat: The Campaign against Fort Duquesne in 1755

Wednesday, September 27 (7pm) – Saturday, September 30, 2017  (5:00pm)

Tour Leader: David Preston

HQ: Coal Center, PA

Tour Registration Fee: $475 

The astute observer of 18th century events and British Whig politician, Horace Walpole observed, “The volley fired by a young Virginian in the backwoods of America set the world on fire.” Walpole’s words ring true. The Virginian he was referring to was a 22-year old militia major named George Washington. Washington’s actions in western Pennsylvania are credited with starting the French and Indian War in America. Besides Washington, Braddock’s Campaign of 1755 will introduce many personalities who became famous during the American Revolution: Daniel Morgan, Daniel Boone, Thomas Gage, Charles Lee, Adam Stephen and Horatio Gates.

Our first day will start at Jumonville Glen, a seldom visited site where Washington’s militia and his “ally,” a Seneca chief named “Half King” ambushed a sleepy French force under Ensign Joseph Coulon de Jumonville. This site is truly pristine and the story of Washington’s first military action will unfold at this off-the-beaten track locale. Our next stop will be the reconstructed palisades of Fort Necessity which Washington built after defeating the French. Fort Necessity has a very fine museum and book store. In the afternoon we will visit the ruins of Fort Cumberland located at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church where the fort’s walls are visible within the church’s basement. After Fort Cumberland, we’ll visit Big Savage Mountain to see scars of Braddock’s Road. We’ll also visit the Casselman River Bridge (site of the “Little Crossings of the Youghiogheny River and the Great Crossings of the Youghiogheny River.

On our second day we’ll visit Braddock’s Grave and Dunbar’s Camp. Next we’ll see a segment of the Braddock’s Road on Chestnut Ridge and visit the Braddock Road Preservation Association Museum. We’ll stop at Stewart’s Crossing of the Youghiogheny. After lunch we’ll visit the reconstructed Fort Ligonier built during General John Forbes’ 1758 campaign to take Fort Duquesne. Fort Ligonier will be used to explain the construction of Fort Duquesne since it is a reasonable example of what the latter fort looked like in 1755. Fort Ligonier also has a premier 18th century artillery train on display for educational purposes and excellent museum.

On our third day we will again follow parts of Braddock’s route, including Blunder Camp—where Braddock’s army lost a day’s march. We’ll also stop at Long Run Narrows to see how Braddock’s column secured itself while marching through a defile. We’ll visit the First Crossing of the Monongahela at McKeesport and the site of Braddock’s defeat, although the battlefield has been largely obliterated by urban growth. We visit the Braddock’s Battlefield History Center. It has excellent exhibits and a long-range goal to educate future generations about the importance of the key players in the Battle of the Monongahela. After lunch we’ll go into Pittsburg where we’ll take a walking tour of Point Park at the Forks of the Ohio and the site of Fort Duquesne and later Fort Pitt.  We’ll visit the Fort Pitt Blockhouse, the only original remaining structure associated with the French and Indian War at the Forks. A short walk will put us at the Fort Pitt Museum.

What’s included: Motor coach transportation, three lunches, beverage and snack breaks, a map and materials package, all admissions and gratuities, and the services of an experienced tour leader. Our headquarters hotel will provide a hot and cold breakfast buffet. Tour participants are responsible for transportation to the headquarters hotel, and securing a room reservation, if necessary. Dinner is on your own. Tour goes out rain or shine. Please see our policy page for information about cancellations.

Hotel: We have arranged with the headquarters hotel for a group rate of $79.00 per night plus tax (single or double occupancy.) Please call the Hampton Inn and Suites-California University-Pittsburgh, 200 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423 at 724-330-5820 or 1-800-Hiltons and ask for the America’s History group rate. This rate will be guaranteed until August 27, so please make your reservations soon.

Our Tour Leader and Historian: David Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at The Citadel and author of the award-winning Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution which won the prestigious Gilder-Lehrman Prize for Military History. He has won four book prizes. His first book, The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783 (2009), was hailed as an innovative study of how French, British, and Indian communities coexisted near the Iroquois Confederacy. The Texture of Contact received the 2010 Albert B. Corey Prize, for best book on American-Canadian relations.


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Saratoga: Burgoyne’s Retreat and Surrender

Friday, September 22 – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Tour Leaders: Eric Schnitzer and Bruce Venter

Tour Leaves Fort Ticonderoga Parking Lot at 8:00am

Tour Registration Fee: $125 


America’s History is proud to continue its partnership with Fort Ticonderoga by again offering a special one-day Revolutionary War tour. This tour will continue Burgoyne’s 1777 campaign by concentrating on sites beyond the Saratoga National Battlefield Park. Led by Eric Schnitzer, chief historian at the Saratoga National Historical Park and Bruce Venter, we will spend the entire day exploring Victory Woods, Stark’s Knoll, Fort Hardy, the new Burgoyne’s surrender park and some other seldom seen sites associated with Burgoyne’s campaign. One of the foremost experts of the Saratoga campaign, Eric Schnitzer, will review the strategy and tactics of the opposing leaders in a comprehensive narration as Burgoyne retreats from the battlefield. This is a rare opportunity to visit sites seldom seen near Saratoga with a leading authority on the campaign. Eric’s 2016 Saratoga tour was very popular and received excellent comments from tour participants. We will return to Fort Ticonderoga in time for you to attend the opening session of Fort Ticonderoga’s American Revolution Seminar.

What’s included: Motor coach transportation, lunch, snack and beverage breaks, all admissions and gratuities, a map and materials package and the services of two tour leaders selected for their knowledge and expertise. [Read more…]

Cockpit of the Revolution: New Jersey in the War for Independence

Wednesday, May 31 (7:30pm) – Saturday, June 3, 2017  (5:00pm)

Tour Leader: Bill Welsch

HQ: Bridgewater, New Jersey

Tour Registration Fee: $475 

New Jersey has been called the Cockpit of the Revolution, with more battles and encampments occurring here than in any other state. Trenton, Princeton, and Monmouth are familiar names of New Jersey battlefields. This tour will provide an opportunity to visit some of the other important, but less well known, sites in this state. This is not a campaign tour as such, but rather a survey of important places and critical events that impacted both the state and the Revolution.

Our first day will begin with a visit to Fort Lee Historic Park on the Hudson River. We’ll explore the reconstructed earthworks that were designed, in conjunction with Fort Washington across the river, to deny the British passage up the river. The view is spectacular! The fall of Fort Washington, which we’ll also discuss, necessitated the evacuation of Fort Lee and began the American retreat in the fall of 1776, eventually ending on the Delaware River at Trenton. We’ll follow the initial stages of this historic retreat through Bergen County to New Bridge Landing.  At this vital river crossing over the Hackensack, the troops from Fort Lee just barely evaded Cornwallis and his pursuing British regiments. We’ll visit the Zabriskie House at the Landing which served as headquarters for both the Americans and the British.

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The 2017 Tour Calendar is available

The Regulars are Coming

The America’s History 2017 Tour Calendar is HERE!!!!!!

For those of you who are compiling your wishlist of historical tours in 2017, you can start planning now! 

The America’s History LLC 2017 tour calendar is complete with dates and locations. Upcoming tours in 2017 include:

  • 6th Annual Conference on the American Revolution – March 24-26th
  • Cockpit of the Revolution: New Jersey in the War for Independence – May 31-June 3
  • Saratoga:  Burgoynes’s Retreat and Surrender – September 22
  • Braddock’s Defeat: The Campaign against Fort Duquesne in 1755 – September 27-30
  • A Paradise of Blood: Andrew Jackson’s Creek Indian War in Alabama – October 25-28
  • The Civil War in Coastal North Carolina: New Bern, Fort Macon, Wise’s Forks, Kinston, Goldsborough Bridge, and more – November 15-18

You can also PRINT THE CALENDAR!!!

We are still compiling tour details and will be adding online payments to individual tours as we complete and publish the individual tour pages. You don’t have to wait for us to publish the tour pages to get more information. Just give Bruce Venter a call at 703-785-4373!

6th Annual Conference of the American Revolution – March 24-26, 2017

Friday, March 24 – Sunday to March 26, 2017  (Conference begins at 6:30pm)

Williamsburg, Virginia

Conference Registration: $245 

American Revolution Conference

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Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty – George III’s American Madness

James Kirby Martin – The Real Continentals: Joseph Plumb Martin and His Comrades

David Preston – The Legacy of Braddock’s Defeat on the American Revolution

Mark Lender – Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign and the Politics of Battle

John Grenier – Staying Loyal to the King: Why Robert Rogers Did Not Join the Rebels

Michael Gabriel – Major General Richard Montgomery: The Making of an American Hero

Dennis Conrad – A Sea Change: Naval Warfare in the American Revolution during the Spring of 1778

Robert Smith: – Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation during the American Revolution

Robert Selig – Rochambeau’s Most Colorful Officer: Robert Guillaume, Baron de Dillon of Lauzun’s Legion

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5th Annual Conference of the American Revolution – March 18-20, 2016

Friday, March 18 – Sunday to March 20, 2016  (Conference begins at 6:30pm)

Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel

Williamsburg, Virginia

Conference Package: $225 (includes lunch and refreshment breaks)

American Revolution Conference

Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty:“The Action was Warm in Every Quarter”: The Battle of Germantown

Nathaniel Philbrick: “Stand Secure Amidst a Falling World”: The Battle of Bunker Hill

Daniel Krebs: The King’s German Auxiliaries during the American War of Independence

Kathleen Duval: Spain’s Unsung Hero: Bernado Galvez and the Capture of Pensacola 1781

Peter Henriques: America’s Atlas: The Leadership of George Washington

James Kirby Martin: Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec

Todd Braisted: The Grand Forage of 1778: The Revolutionary War’s Forgotten Campaign

John Bell: The Road to Concord: How Four Small Cannons Set Off the American Revolution

Molly Fitzgerald Perry:“The Lowest of the Mob”: Exploring the Actions of Sailors and Slaves during the Stamp Act Crisis

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On to Richmond: First Manassas – April 14, 2016

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.

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Kill Jeff Davis: The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864 – April 28-30, 2016

Thursday,  April 28, 2016 (7:30pm) to Saturday, April 30, 2016 (5:00pm)

Headquarters: Glen Allen , VA

Led by: Bruce Venter

Registration Fee: $295

Kill Jeff Davis: The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864On paper, Union Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s plan, approved directly by Lincoln, to release some 13,000 Federal prisoners, “burn the hateful city” of Richmond and capture or kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis, had all the earmarks of success. As one Michigan officer recalled, “The rationale of the raid was a hurried ride, timely arrival, great daring, a surprise, a sudden charge without a moment’s hesitation – success.” Even Confederate cavalry commander Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton felt “the enemy could have taken Richmond” except for some rebel luck. But in execution the Kilpatrick–Dahlgren Raid was a dismal failure; and a major embarrassment to Lincoln when controversial orders were found on the dead body of the expedition’s subordinate commander, the dashing and well-connected Col. Ulric Dahlgren.

Our tour will consider all aspects of the raid’s plan: its execution, the routes taken by Kilpatrick and Dahlgren and the credibility of the infamous “Dahlgren Papers.” We will retrace the raid’s original routes and discuss the decisions, mistakes and happen-stances that affected both the intrepid Federal raiders and the dogged defenders of the Confederate capital. We will focus on the tactical movements of the troops and the decisions made by the commanders on both sides. During most of the tour we will follow the same roads the troopers did in 1864.

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Forging Heroes: Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen and the Revolutionary War in New York – July 27-30, 2016

Wednesday,  July 27, 2016 (7pm) to Saturday, July 30 (5pm)

Headquarters: Lake George, NY

Led by: James Kirby Martin and Bruce Venter

Registration Fee: $495

Forging_HeroesOur tour this summer will continue the study of Benedict Arnold as one of the foremost combat commanders of the Revolutionary War. Last year we investigated Arnold’s career in Connecticut as both a patriot and a traitor. This year’s tour will follow his career in the first two years of the war when he excelled on land and water. We will also learn about his enterprising relationship with the wily Ethan Allen during their joint venture to capture Fort Ticonderoga and how he handled Horatio Gates when he served under the Northern army commander on two separate occasions during the war.

Our first day will start in Bennington, Vermont where will see the sites associated with Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold as the plot to capture Fort Ticonderoga unfolds. From Bennington we’ll trace the march of the Green Mountain Boys through what was called the “Hampshire Grants” at the time. Hand’s Cove, the jump off spot for Allen, Arnold and their men on Lake Champlain, is on private property but America’s History has made special arrangements for you to walk to this historic site. We will then cross to the New York side of the lake and follow Allen and Arnold’s attack on the fort. There will be time to visit Fort Ticonderoga’s museum which has a new exhibit this year on 18th century artillery.

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