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The Civil War on the James Tour

Time: 2 Hour Tour: Exact time to be announced soon

Cost: $45 per person

On Saturday, May 10, ride aboard the Spirit of the James, a
40-foot, covered pontoon boat on a 2-hour tour. Enjoy the natural beauty of the James River as you trace the Naval actions that took place on the James in the areas of Dutch Gap, Trent's Reach and Jones Neck from 1862-1865. Listen to stories
about Confederate torpedoes, the Dutch Gap Canal, The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and the James River Squadron's desperate attempt to break out at Trent's Reach.

This stretch of river offers a unique opportunity to visualize these historic events in a landscape that has changed little since the time they took place one hundred and fifty years ago. The Civil War Tour also offers great opportunities to view wildlife on the river and in the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Listen to
storyteller Scott Williams, our leading Civil War interpreter, while Capt. Mike Ostrander guides the Discovery
Barge II, a 24-foot covered pontoon boat, with you aboard.

About Scott Williams, Civil War Tour interpreter ... Scott is the Chairman of the Military History Committee for the Chesterfield Historical Society. He was the mapmaker and a contributing author for the Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour Guide.
Scott is also an active Civil War reenactor for numerous events staged throughout the Commonwealth annually.

Seating is limited!  Once seating on the website below is booked, our estimated CVHG limit will be reached as well!

Times yet to be determined. If you would like to book, click the link below or:

Contact Capt. Mike at[masked] or [masked]

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  • Donna

    SO SORRY that I can't attend this now :( I have a family commitment that day, so I'll have to miss it. But anyone who's interested can still sign up for the boat tour and go.

    April 14, 2014

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