On June 27-29, 2014, join two nationally respected Civil War scholars, Gordon Rhea and Robert Krick, Jr., for a very special sesquicentennial event. Stratford Hall, the home of the Lees of Virginia and birthplace of Robert E. Lee, will be hosting its sixth annual symposium dedicated to the further study of General Robert E. Lee. The historians will conduct lectures and a day-long tour of sites revolving around the pivotal military engagements from the North Anna campaign to Cold Harbor.
When the armies left Spotsylvania in mid-May 1864, the soldiers undoubtedly rejoiced at escaping the gloomy forests around the Wilderness. Ulysses Grant piloted the Union Army of the Potomac with relentless determination, south toward the North Anna River. Blocked by R. E. Lee, the Federals bounced eastward and then turned south, marching toward their destiny at Cold Harbor, just eight miles northeast of the Confederate capital city. After two weeks of continuous action there, the armies hurried on to Petersburg, a move that inaugurated the final (very long) phase of the war in Virginia.
Although neither battlefield is fully preserved today, both retain enough integrity to enable visitors to have a satisfying experience. The entrenchments that saw so much action as nearly one-fifth of a million men wheeled across central Virginia will be 150 years old in the spring of 2014.
On Saturday, June 28, symposium participants will learn more about the conflict between Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and Grant’s forces at North Anna and Haw’s Shop battlefields andfollow the action to the Totopotomoy Creek and Cold Harbor battlefields.
Gordon C. Rhea has authored six award-winning books about the Overland Campaign, including The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864; The Battles for Spotsylvania Courthouse and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7-12, 1864; To The North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13-25, 1864; and Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 25-June 3, 1864. A frequent lecturer throughout the country on military history and a practicing attorney, he has appeared on the History, A&E, and Discovery networks and has written numerous articles in scholarly and popular publications.
Robert E. L. Krick has lived or worked on Civil War battlefields almost continuously since 1972. He grew up on the Chancellorsville battlefield near Fredericksburg, and graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg with a degree in history. He has worked in various historical capacities at several battlefields, including Custer Battlefield in Montana, and Manassas Battlefield. Since 1991 he has been an historian on the staff at Richmond National Battlefield Park. Mr. Krick is widely published on Civil War topics. His first book was a unit history (The Fortieth Virginia Infantry). In 2003 the University of North Carolina Press published his biographical register of the Army of Northern Virginia’s staff officers (Staff Officers in Gray).
Friday, June 27
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Social and cash bar
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Buffet dinner
7:40 pm Lecture: 1864 Overland Campaign by Gordon Rhea
Saturday, June 28
7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast buffet
8:30 am Board chartered bus for battlefield tours
9:30 am – 12:30 pm North Anna and Haw’s Shop battlefields
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch and rest break – Salem Church
1:15 pm – 5:00 pm Totopotomoy Creek and Cold Harbor battlefields
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Social and cash bar
7:00 pm Plated dinner, Q&A with Bob and Gordon
Sunday, June 29
7:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast buffet
Fees and Lodging:
The registration fee includes the tours and lectures, all meals including gratuities and service charges, and lodging at the Omni Richmond Hotel. See the registration form (link below) for fees. You will need to make your own reservation (no deposit required) with the Omni Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The cost of the room is included in your registration fee, based on double or single occupancy. If you have a roommate, the cost of the room is split between you. You can register on-line with the hotel by following this link:
Lee Symposium Block
If you telephone the hotel (1-800-843-6664) to make your reservation, specify that you are with the Stratford Hall Lee Symposium to get the special group rate. The address of the Omni Richmond Hotel is 100 S 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219.
The Registration form for the symposium can be printed out and mailed or faxed to: Jon Bachman, Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, Virginia 22558 Fax: (804) 493-0333. We have included special prices for participants who can only attend for one day’s activities.
For questions about the symposium, please contact Jon Bachman by email or call 804-493-1972..
This symposium is sponsored by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, Inc., with support from the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation.