American Civil War;
'Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Long Gray Trail'
13 - 24 August 2016
Price per person £2,595.00 No Single supplement
Deposit per person £150.00
|Thomas Jackson was born the third child of Jonathan Jackson and Julia Neal in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). His early life was beset by poverty and misery but this appears to have made the young man a fighter. He was a quiet introspective child, lacking a formal education but once he set his mind to something, nothing barred his way. This lack of education hindered his early time at West Point where he was not seen as a leader. However, his patience and perseverance were noted by more than a few of his tutors.
Once war came Jackson would become one of the best known commanders of the conflict and his Valley campaign was still studied in military establishments until the 1970's. This tour will take you in the footsteps of T. J. Jackson
Depart London Heathrow to Dulles Washington where you will be met by your tour manager/guide. Overnight Manassas.
The day begins with a visit and walk around the field of First Manassas where Jackson earned his famous sobriquet of "Stonewall" on 21 July 1861. After lunch we visit the Second Battle of Manassas.
Overnight Harpers Ferry.
Travel to Harpers Ferry. Jackson was at Harpers Ferry in 1859 during the John Brown trial and commanded troops under Gen. Johnson in 1861, that same year he led forces with JEB Stuart against union troops commanded by Patterson at Falling Waters. In September 1862, during the Antietam campaign Jackson forced the Union garrison of over 12,000 men to surrender at Harpers Ferry. Overnight Harpers Ferry.
Lee's first invasion of the North ended in the fields and lanes surrounding the small Maryland town of Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. Jackson and his command were pivotal in the early fighting, holding the line and denying the Union army victory. We spend this day walking and studying the Antietam Battlefield.
During the winter of 1861/62 he assumed command in Winchester and led various operations against several sites in Morgan County and to Romney in Hampshire County.
Winchester changed hands many times during the war and was Jackson's HQ over the winter of 1861/62. We shall spend the day visiting his HQ, the Confederate Cemetery and the battlefield of First Winchester.
The First battle of Kernstown 23 March 1862 (his only defeat) is seen by many as the start of Jackson's Valley campaign and was Jackson's luckiest day - due to faulty intelligence he attacked a rear guard larger than his own command. On our way 'up' the Shenandoah Valley we go via Front Royal where on 23 May 1862 he defeated a Federal force where Maryland troops fought against each other. We then drive south through Page County and over the New Market Gap.
We visit the site of Jackson's double victories at Port Republic and Cross Keys and the monument to Turner Ashby Jackson's cavalry commander until his death in June 1862.
This morning we visit the last resting places of Jackson and Gen. R.E. Lee, the Virginia Military Institute Museum (where Jackson taught prior to the outbreak of the war) & the Jackson House.
Today we will visit the battle of Fredericksburg, where Jackson's troops were positioned on the right of the Confederate 7 mile line. After lunch we drive to Chancellorsville which was Lee and Jackson's greatest victory. That evening whilst on reconnaissance Jackson was mortally wounded.
This morning we will visit Guinea Station where on 10 May 1863 Gen. 'Stonewall' Jackson died, before driving to Dulles airport to catch an early evening flight.
Arrive London Heathrow early morning.