Richmond Trip - April 2014

For 2014, the Round Table's big trip was Richmond, with a focus on 1862.  Among other places, we visited the Museum of the Confederacy, the White House of the Confederacy, Capitol Square, St. Paul's, Tredegar, Chimborazo, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  Our tour of the battlefields of the Seven Days Campaign was led by Robert E L Krick, the Younger.


Awakening in the early, pre-dawn hours, we assembled at Rice Field, which immediately adjacent to an actual airport.

The White House of the Confederacy is being surrounded by much taller buildings.




At the foot of the statue commemorating George Washington and the great Virginians of the Revolution, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as regularly elected President of the Confederate States of America

Sam Craghead was our guide.  The state Capitol, designed by Jefferson, was used as capital of the Confederacy.  Jefferson Davis used the Customs House across from the Capitol as an office, but he rarely visited there.  The great fire of 1865 burned the Customs House, but the Capitol was saved.



In April 1865, Lee received bad news from Petersburg while attending St Paul's.  Lee informed Jefferson Davis that Richmond must be evacuated.

Only Jewish Military Cemetery Outside of Israel


Waite Rawls spoke to us about Richmond in 1862, and brought the plaque that we gave him for a previous event.  He explained at after the wounding of Joe Johnston, Beauregard was not selected to replace him because he was 'too Beauregard'.  A.S. Johnston was not selected because he was 'too dead'.

"Come on down!"  Rosemary wins a book.


Our Seven Days Campaign tour with Robert Krick the Younger began with the Dabbs House - Lee's headquarters.

Ellerson's Mill - Mr. Krick explained that the creek is now larger due to development upstream.

At Gaines's Mill, we visited the site of the breakthrough by Hood's Brigade.

On the way to Malvern Hill, we say several sites from the bus.


At Malvern Hill, Mr Krick explained that the artillery there, both in 1862 and now, were spaced 17 yards apart, so there were fewer guns deployed than is sometimes represented.  The Confederate attack was mistakenly launched when some troops cheered, which was the pre-arranged signal to attack.


That evening, we heard about Drewry's Bluff.


Sunday morning began with a visit to Tredegar.

The cannon foundry is a new museum, which the Museum of the Confederacy plans to partner with in the future.

A walk over Brown's Island gives great views of the James River.  The Tredegar complex was made possible by water power at the fall line.


Clive put on another great trip, and JB was again showed off his amazing driving skills.



All photos are copyright 2014 by John Hamill

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