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Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Military historian Gregg Clemmer investigates six river crossings by Union and Confederate forces. Follow the path of one as you cross the Potomac at White’s Ford in the highlight of the day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Warren Perry, a former writer at the National Portrait Gallery, recounts the story of the bloody encounter in which nearly 50,000 men fought for control of the “breadbasket of the Confederacy.” He also discusses several objects in Smithsonian collections with connections to the battle.

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

On Sept. 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers met death in the Maryland farmland of Antietam. Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer lead a tour to sites connected with this bloodiest battle of the war.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Author Karen Abbott reveals how charm, disguise, daring, and a steady trigger finger propelled a quartet of remarkable women through dangerous intrigues.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer bring to dramatic life the story of one of the Civil War’s most daring and controversial military actions—the attempted raid on Richmond by the fiery young Union Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick and Col. Ulric Dahlgren.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The ironclad USS Monitor changed the course of the Civil War—and naval combat forever. Historians and scientists, part of an ongoing conservation and research project at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, examine the historic warship’s significance from a variety of perspectives.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer lead an overnight tour that follows a trail from Petersburg National Battlefield—site of a 10-month campaign during which 70,000 were killed or wounded—to Appomattox Court House, where Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

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