Civil War will be the theme of a fall field trip

By Wayne Towner

Staff Reporter

The Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley will host a field trip in October featuring several important Revolutionary and Civil War period sites in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, including Valley Forge, Washington Crossing, Philadelphia’s historic district, and Gettysburg.

The “New Birth of Freedom Field Trip” will depart from Marietta and Parkersburg on Oct. 17, and return on Oct. 20.

The purpose of the field trip is to recognize the sacrifices of those associated with the Mid-Ohio Valley region who served in American Revolutionary or Civil War period campaigns. Interpretation will be provided by Scott Britton, Executive Director of The Castle Museum in Marietta, based on original research on personal correspondence, published memoirs, official military records, and other resources.

The registration fee is $445 per guest for double-occupancy or $565 per guest for private accommodations. Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Leight Murray at 740-706-2575 or lmurray5154@gmail.com for more information.

The field trip registration fee includes round-trip charter bus transportation, hotel accommodations, admissions to attractions, narrated tours, a guide for dining venues close to the hotels, suggested reading and viewing references, and official visitors’ publications.

Featured locations will include:

* Valley Forge National Historical Park, King of Prussia, Pa., where the Continental Army was reborn during the 1777-8 winter encampment.

* Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, N.J., where General George Washington and 4,000 soldiers crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 in the face of a winter tempest to capture the Hessian garrison at Trenton

* Philadelphia’s historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage City, to explore Independence National Historic Park which features Independence Hall, historic homes, churches, cemeteries, museums, parks, neighborhoods, shops and restaurants. The original city is one of 266 UNESCO Heritage Cities worldwide and the only one in the U.S. The designation celebrates Philadelphia where democracy was first established and its importance to world culture.

* Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg Pa., where tour participants will study the battle in 1863 that turned the tide of the war with emphasis on local soldiers who played pivotal roles during those three days at sites such as McPhersons Woods, the Railroad Cut, Barlow’s Knoll, The Brickyard, The Wheatfield, Little Round Top, Seminary Ridge, Cemetery Hill, and The Angle.

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