HARRISBURG CIVIL WAR
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in the tangled thickets of the Wilderness, near a roadside inn called Chancellorsville,
Robert E. Lee achieved his greatest victory of the Civil War. Lee commanded the Army of Northern
Virginia. For nearly a week, his
60,000-man army battled a force more than twice its size across miles of wooded
terrain. The most decisive fighting took
place on the morning of May 3 along the Orange Plank Road,
now VA Route 3. “Stonewall”Jackson
had been wounded May 2, following a successful attack on the Union army’s right
flank. His replacement, 30-year old
J.E.B. Stuart, resumed the offensive, launching a series of relentless assaults
against fortified Union positions. South
of the highway, Stuart’s men attacked Fairview, an
elevated clearing defended by 40 Union cannon.
Confederate troops, north of the road supported this effort, aiming for
the open ground around Chancellorsville itself.
five hours of fierce combat, more than 17,000 soldiers were casualties. Fairview fell about 10 AM and soon thereafter the
victorious Southerners captured Chancellorsville as well. Union commander Joseph Hooker, himself
wounded by Confederate artillery, ordered a retreat. His army fell back about a mile to a strong
position protecting its escape route across the Rappahannock
River. Hooker quietly occupied this fortified
position for more than 2 days, allowing Lee to detach a significant portion of
his army to meet a new Union threat at Salem
7 miles to the east. Lee reunited his
forces at Chancellorsville on May 5. He moved forward to attack Hooker the next
day, but his troops found only empty trenches.
The Union army had crossed the river during the night, ending the
campaign. In June, Lee went of the
offensive northward to Pennsylvania – to a
place called Gettysburg.
Our historian/guide will be Frank
A. O'Reilly. My latest book, The
Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock, received a 2003
nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters.
It was released by LSU Press in December, 2002 and has won the 2002
Capital District Book Award; the 2003 James I.
Robertson, Jr., Book Award; the 2004 Daniel Laney Book Award; and the 2004
Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award.
I received both my BA & MA
in American History with a concentration on Early American Military History and
Civil War Studies. I did my undergrad
work at Washington & Lee University before joining the National Park Service
at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. I worked briefly at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and then returned to Fredericksburg in 1990 as the permanent
historian for the “Stonewall” Jackson Shrine.
I have also served as an historical consultant for the City
of Fredericksburg.I have written numerous articles on the Civil War &
Mexican War, and introductions to several book, including Phil Sheridan’s
memoirs, William McCarter’s My Life in
the Irish Brigade, and the History of
the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry.
I released a book on the
Fredericksburg Campaign titled, Stonewall
Jackson at Fredericksburg, in 1993.
I have appeared in a large number of video documentaries, and have
lectured extensively around the world.
Recently, I’ve made presentations Oxford
in Great Britain,
on the Bicentennial of Robert E. Lee’s birth; and the Sesquicentennial of the
beginning of the war in 1861. “I’m
currently researching copy on the Battle of Malvern Hill & the Seven Days’
The price for this field trip is $75. This includes round-trip deluxe bus
transportation from Hummelstown, Lower Dauphin High
School, and the Camp Hill Radisson Hotel &
Convention Center, driver tip, guide & entrance fees, and full box lunch. Dinner,
on our way home, will be on-your-own at a variety of restaurants.
To register, please complete the form below and mail it to
Sheldon Munn, Harrisburg CWRT Field Trip, 1483 Maplewood Drive, New Cumberland, PA
17070. Your $25 deposit will hold your
seat with balance due no later than April 15, 2013. Cancellations received
before April 15, 2013 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after April 15, 2013
will receive a refund ONLY if the open
seat has been filled by another person. Make
your check payable to Harrisburg CWRT.
& information should be addressed to Sheldon Munn at 717-512-1989 - or - email
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