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Harrisburg and Hershey Civil War Round Tables Set Petersburg Tour

The Harrisburg and Hershey Civil War Roundtables have scheduled a field trip to the battlefields of Petersburg, Virginia on October 3 and 4, 2009. Only twenty-five miles south of Richmond, Petersburg was the crucial communications center for the Confederate capital. For more than nine months, the city endured a Union siege, the longest in American warfare.
The Round Table tour will focus on the fighting in September and October of 1864, both north and south of the James River, visiting Fort Harrison, New Market Heights, Darbytown Road, and Second Fair Oaks on the Richmond sector and Poplar Spring Church, Squirrel Level Road, and First Hatcher’s Run on the Petersburg sector. These operations gave the Federals excellent chances to capture one or both cities.
The historian guide will be Dr. Richard Sommers. He is currently Senior Historian at the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle. Dr. Sommers has numerous publications to his credit, including “Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg,” a book that received the Bell I. Wiley Prize from the National Historical Society. years. He will speak at the Harrisburg Round Table’s dinner-meeting in September on “Petersburg: The Strategic Siege” as a prelude to the field trip.
The price of the tour is $250 single occupancy, $200 double, $190 triple and $180 for quad. That includes deluxe bus transportation from pick-up points in Hershey and Harrisburg; a box lunch and dinner on Saturday; and continental breakfast on Sunday. To register contact Jim Negler, 141 Blacksmith Road, CampHill, PA 17011. Phone 717-761-6832 or email hjamesnegler@comcast.net.