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Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer lead a tour that visits major sites in the battle that many scholars consider Robert E. Lee’s greatest campaign.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Spectators picnicked above the banks of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, as what became known as the First Battle of Manassas unfolded—and turned from an expected minor encounter into the first great clash of the Civil War. Follow Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer on a day-long tour through this Virginia countryside battlefield.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer discuss both the historical context and military action of one of Gen. Robert E. Lee's greatest victories on this day-long tour of key battle sites.

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Strategically located midway between the opposing capitals of Washington and Richmond, Fredericksburg saw a devastating battle early in the war, followed by three years of brutal activity in the surrounding countryside. Civil War historians Gregg Clemmer and Ed Bearss explore the city’s dramatic wartime history.


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