Designed for Travelers from Great Britain and Germany:
8 days/ 7 nights (Tour can be extended)
(Suggested travel : September - mid-November)
Escorted by Clint Johnson
This tour was designed and created by Clint Johnson to appeal to international travelers who want to see the major battlefields of the American Civil War. Clint is the author of eight books on the American Civil War, including six that cover Civil War Sites. Three of his books will be personalized and given to the travelers: In the Footsteps of Robert E. Lee, In the Footsteps of Stonewall Jackson, and In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart.
(one set per family)
Clint has been reenacting The War Between the States as both a Confederate and Union soldier for more than 28 years. He is a member of the 26th Regiment of North Carolina Troops, the most famous regiment to emerge from the Battle of Gettysburg. He has visited all of these sites numerous times and will tell stories about each site and the men who were there.
Time permitting on the tour, Clint will have one or two evening slide shows, explaining the tactics and strategies involved so that visitors will have a firm grasp of what happened before they visit the battlefields.
The American Civil War was not only fought by the native-born Yankees of the Northeast and the Scots-Irish descendants in The South. Thousands of recent immigrants also served on both sides. This tour will visit the major eastern battlefields of the war and will include on-board discussions about what happened to those immigrants who fought there.
Arrive at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. Welcome!! Meet Clint Johnson.
Morning arrival: Visit Arlington National Cemetery to see
Confederate Memorial, Robert E. Lee’s pre-war home and property that became the cemetery, Civil War generals’ graves, Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier, and President John F. Kennedy’s grave.
In the evening Clint will give an evening talk and slide show of the
roles that recent immigrants played in the American Civil War. The discussion will include explanations of how thousands of Germans
served who spoke little or no English so they had to be given orders
in their native tongue. Many Irish were given little choice but to
serve in the Union Army in exchange for citizenship. Lincoln
appointed many inexperienced, foreign-born generals for their
ability to deliver ethnic votes.
Overnight in Manassas, Virginia (D)
After your deluxe continental breakfast, visit First Manassas (July 1861,) Second Manassas (August 1862,) and Brawner’s
Farm (August 1862) battlefields, all at Manassas, Virginia.
First Manassas saw soldiers born in a dozen other countries fighting
with The First Louisiana Battalion. This was the first major battle
in the American Civil War. One year later, Lee’s brilliant strategy
almost destroyed the Union army in a pincer movement at Second
Warrenton, Va.: See the home and grave of John S. Mosby, the
South’s most famous partisan ranger. Visit Brandy Station, site of
Civil War’s largest cavalry battle in 1862. Visit the site of Cedar
Mountain, which set up the Battle of Second Manassas later that
Overnight in Manassas, Virginia (B,D)
After your deluxe continental breakfast, visit Chancellorsville
and Spotsylvania Court House National Battlefields.
Chancellorsville was Lee and Jackson’s most famous victory, but
it came as the cost of the accidental wounding of Jackson. The site
where that happened is on the tour, as is the start of Jackson’s famous
12-mile flank march. After leaving the battlefields, stop at the house
where Stonewall Jackson died eight days after his wounding.
Proceed on to Richmond, Virginia to visit the Museum of
Confederacy, the world’s largest collection of Confederate artifacts
with several permanent and rotating exhibits.
Overnight in Fredericksburg (B,D)
After your deluxe continental breakfast, proceed to Robert E. Lee’s
Birthplace at Stratford Hall, considered one of the most beautiful
Colonial era homes ever built. Return to Fredericksburg to visit
The Fredericksburg National Battlefield. There will be time for
shopping in historic area.
**If desired by the group, the fateful route of the attacking Irish
Brigade can be retraced by walking up the modern streets and
sidewalks up the slopes of Marye’s Heights to The Stone Wall where
many Union Irishmen died under the guns of Confederate Irish men.
Overnight in Fredericksburg (B,D)
After your deluxe continental breakfast, drive to Sharpsburg,
Maryland to visit that battlefield then drive to South Mountain battlefield and later to Harpers Ferry, site of the John Brown Raid—this was a
precursor to the war that was to come.
Sharpsburg or Antietam
was the single bloodiest day in the war and prevented Lee from
advancing into Pennsylvania. South Mountain was a desperate
holding action by a few thousand North Carolinians against three
Corps of Union troops.
**The group will walk two miles (one mile each way) at South
Mountain to see the battle line from one mountain gap defended by
Confederates to a second gap where heavier fighting took place. We
will end the day at Harpers Ferry for touring museums and shopping.
Overnight in Frederick, Maryland (B,D)
After your deluxe continental breakfast, drive to Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania, to tour Gettysburg National Battlefield. A day will be
spent here. This was the largest battle fought during the war. More
than 50,000 men were killed, wounded and captured on both sides.
It is considered the “high water mark” of the Confederacy.
Overnight in Frederick, Maryland. (B,L,D)
After your deluxe continental breakfast, drive to the National
Civil War Museum in Harrisburg.
On to the delicious candy factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Overnight in Frederick, Maryland. (B,D)
After your deluxe continental breakfast, it is time to depart for
Dulles Airport and your departure to home. Clint Johnson
will leave you at this time.
Package Price Includes:
Roundtrip Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach
Services of Clint Johnson for duration of tour, with three personalized books
Seven nights accommodations, baggage handling (where available)
**Notation: Lodging will be at interior corridor hotels, such as the Hampton Inns
Meals: Seven breakfast meals at the hotels; one lunch meal at Smythe’s Tavern in Fredericksburg Historic District; Seven dinner meals, including The Seafood Dinner Buffet at Phillips Seafood (overlooking the Potomac River in DC)
**Dinner the final evening at The Dobbin House in Historic Tavern in Gettysburg
**Notation: With the exception of one lunch meal, other lunches will be on own.
Admission to the Battlefields as outlined on the itinerary
The Museum of the Confederacy
The addition of The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The addition of a Garden Tour at Stratford Hall
The Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tour
The Services of a DC Step-on guide for a three hour tour of the Illuminated Monuments
Gratuities for the Escort and Driver, and step-on service
Cost Per Person:
Based on a minimum of 40:
Based on a minimum of 30:
Based on a minimum of 20:
(One complimentary package is included for your escort.)
**Pricing above is an estimate; when the travel dates have been established, a firm price will be given.
**For complete formal/contracted arrangements, contact:
Jean Wells at Jean Wells Travel
Tel 336 725-1624
Fax 336 724-5852
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