7th Annual Conference of the American Revolution – March 23-25, 2018

Friday, March 23 – Sunday to March 25, 2018 

Williamsburg, Virginia

Conference Registration: $245 

Conference Registration + Bus Tour: $355

American Revolution Conference

 

Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty — Light Horse Harry Lee at Fort Motte, 1781

Nathaniel Philbrick – Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution

James Kirby Martin – The River that Mattered Most in the Revolutionary War

Stuart Leibiger – Washington and Lafayette: Father and Son of the Revolution

Christian McBurney – The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French—American Operation of the Revolutionary War

Eric Schnitzer – Feuds and Friendships: Horatio Gates, Benedict Arnold and Philip Schuyler during the Saratoga Campaign

Richard J. Sommers – Founding Fathers and Fighting Sons: The Revolutionary War Forbearers of Civil War Soldiers and Statesmen

Glenn F. Williams – Dunmore’s War and the Battle of Point Pleasant

Stephanie Seal Walters – Emerging Scholar—Civil War of the Heart: Virginia’s First Families & the Revolution’s Devastation at Home

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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…]

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!

The Revolutionary War in Georgia: Savannah, Augusta, Kettle Creek, Briar Creek and more – October 28 to 31, 2015

Wednesday, Ocbober 28 (7pm) to Saturday, October 31 (5pm), 2015

Headquarters – Augusta, Georgia

Our Tour Leader: Steve Rauch

Registration Fee: $475

Revolutionary_War_in_GeorgiaThe battles of Kettle Creek, Briar Creek, Augusta, Vann’s Ford, Carr’s Fort and other Georgia backcountry sites are far from household names in the lexicon of Revolutionary War battle sites. Far less famous than Saratoga, Trenton, Princeton, or Yorktown, these Georgia battles and skirmishes, nevertheless, tell a great story about how the war was fought and won in the hilly country and pine forests of this southern state. The heroes may be unsung, but experiencing the ground over which these events occurred is well worth the time.

On our first day we will travel to Kettle Creek battlefield, the site of one of the most important battles fought in Georgia during the Revolutionary War. On the way to Kettle Creek we will discuss the campaign of 1779, including the actions at Vann Creek and Carr’s Fort. Kettle Creek was fought on February 14, 1779, when a force of 400 Patriots led by Andrew Pickens, surprised and defeated a force of Loyalists twice their number. The battle disrupted the British “southern strategy” aimed at pacifying the South by separating it from the Middle and Northern colonies. The battle demonstrated the determination of the Patriots; it was a reminder to the Loyalist forces that they were not safe in the open country, away from bases controlled by the British army. We will extensively walk this pristine battlefield. Our afternoon stop will be at the Elijah Clark State Park to discuss the 1780 Wilkes County punitive expedition after Clarke’s attack on Augusta.

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Confederate High Tide in the West: Chickamauga and Chattanooga – October 8-11, 2014 – PAST TOUR

Wednesday, October 8 (7:30pm) – Saturday, October 11 (5:00pm)

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Our Tour Leader: A. Wilson Greene

Registration Fee: $495

Confederate_High_Tide_in_the_West_Chickamauga_and_ChattanoogaIf Gettysburg marked the Confederate high water mark in the east in July 1863, by September the smashing Southern victory at Chickamauga proved the cause was very much alive. But the celebration was short-lived once Ulysses S. Grant pushed Braxton Bragg’s army off Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. One of the best preserved and oldest Civil War core battlefields in the country is Chickamauga with an amazing array of artillery. Our tour will show you two great battlefields: Chickamauga and Chattanooga as well as a host of lesser known sites associated with these campaigns. There will be plenty of time to discuss the lost opportunities and critical decisions made by a unique cast of characters on both sides.

On the first day of our tour we will follow Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland as it crosses the Tennessee River at Shellmound, Bridgeport, and Battle Creek, Tennessee. We’ll ascend Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain. We will stop at McClemore’s Cove to study how Confederate General Braxton Bragg missed an opportunity to beat the Federals. Then we’ll proceed to Bragg’s headquarters in Lafayette, Georgia to review his operational plans for the campaign. We will conclude the day with several stops on the Chickamauga battlefield highlighting the September 18-19 actions.

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Mosby Rides Again: The Gray Ghost’s Confederacy and Beyond – October 23-25, 2014 – PAST TOUR

Thursday, October 23 (7:30pm) – Saturday, October 25 (5pm)

Sterling, Virginia

Tour Leader: Horace Mewborn and Bob O’Neill

Registration Fee: $325

Mosby_Rides_AgainImmortalized with the sobriquet “The Gray Ghost” for his legendary hit-and-run tactics, Colonel John S. Mosby seemingly controlled a vast region of fertile farmland and small villages in parts of Fairfax, Loudoun, Clarke and Fauquier counties. From 1863 until the end of the war, this area was known as “Mosby’s Confederacy.” Union forces expended significant amounts of manpower and treasure attempting to gain the upper hand on Mosby’s partisan rangers. But time and again, the diminutive cavalryman foiled numerous Yankee efforts to defeat him and his guerilla band. Our tour is designed to take you to places both inside and outside the boundaries of “Mosby’s Confederacy” as well as some sites little visited by Mosby enthusiasts.

On our first day we will start with a walking tour of Fairfax Court House (present-day downtown Fairfax City.) You will see the Judge William Thomas home which served as headquarters for the mustachioed and controversial Col. Sir Percy Wyndham. We’ll also see the Joshua Gunnell house where Lt. Col. Robert Johnstone stayed and the Antonia Ford house. Ford was a close friend of Jeb Stuart and allegedly spied for Mosby. The final site in Fairfax CH will be the Dr. William Gunnell’s house where Mosby captured Union Brig. Gen Edwin Stoughton in March 1863 while the general was in bed. We will drive to Machen Farm where Mosby’s Rangers surprised a detachment of 16th New York cavalrymen, capturing none other than the later famous Boston Corbett. Before lunch we’ll visit Miskell’s Farm where on April 1, 1863 a detachment of the 1st Vermont Cavalry surprised Mosby in a fight that could have gone either way. After lunch we’ll get inside Mount Zion Church where Mosby formed a 15-man unit for his first raid and where in July 1863 a group Rangers battled the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry in the nearby fields. We’ll pay a visit of Aldie Mill where Mosby first surprised the 1st Vermont Cavalry. Then it’s on to Rector’s Crossroads and the Rector House where Mosby formed Company A, 43rd Battalion and where he met Jeb Stuart to finalize plans for the Gray Cavalier’s famous ride through the Army of the Potomac in June 1863. We’ll drive through Upperville on our return to the hotel. [Read more…]

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