Civil War – Eastern USA RV Tour

Civil War Tour – New York to New York or Nashville/Knoxville to New York

Itinerary

Days 1-3:

Pick up your RV in New York, Nashville or Knoxville and head south to Chattanooga. Your first battlefield stop is at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Georgia Tennessee. Here in 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga and Chickamauga, the gateway to the deep south. The park was created in 1890 to preserve and commemorate these battles. Approx. 1.5 hours drive south is the Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum. This is a memorial to the 45,000 Union prisoners of war brought to Andersonville prison. Adjacent is the National Prisoner of War Museum, dedicated in 1998, with exhibits and artifacts representing POWs from the Revolution through the Persian Gulf War. Your next stop is Stone Mountain Park, home to the world’s largest relief sculpture. Three figures of the Confederate States of America are carved on the north face of the rock. Our recommended campground is Stone Mountain Park.

Days 4-6:

Travel to South Carolina. Visit Fort Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie National Monument, Fort Lamar, The Battery and Fort Palmetto.

Travel east today towards Charleston where you will visit more historic battlefields. The Fort Sumter National Monument is a masonry coastal fortification located in Charleston harbor. The fort is best known as the site upon which the shots initiating the American Civil War were fired. Close by is the Fort Moultrie National Monument, one of a series of forts on Sullivan’s Island which were built near the beginning of the American Revolutionary War to protect the city of Charleston. The city of Charleston is also worth spending some time in. Much of Charleston’s past is neatly located on the peninsula. American history lives here and the best way to experience this is by taking a walking tour of Old Charleston.

Days 7-9:

Travel to North Carolina. Visit Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The next stop on your civil war tour is at Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site where you can tour the restored Harper House, how furnished as a Civil War field hospital. This Battleground was the location of the Battle of Bentonville in the waning days of the American Civil War. Continue on to Fort Raleigh on the north end of Roanoke Island. This site preserves the location of Roanoke Colony, the first English settlement in the present-day United States. Your final stop in North Carolina is at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Stretching over 70 miles (110km), the seashore preserves the portion of the outer banks of North Carolina from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island. The islands provide a variety of habitats and are a valuable wintering area for migrating waterfowl. The park’s fishing and surfing are considered the best on the East Coast. The Cape Hatteras Light at the north end of Cape Hatteras Point offers a great photo opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers.

Days 10-12:

Travel to Virginia. Visit Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Museum of the Confederacy and Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial.

Continue north to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. This park encompasses four major Civil War battlefields and preserves four historic buildings associated with them, including the house where Stonewall Jackson died.

About an hour north of Fredericksburg, you will reach Manassas National Battlefield Park. Here you can explore the historic terrain where men fought and died for their beliefs more than a century ago. The visitor centre by the south entrance has exhibits and interpretation regarding the First Battle of Bull Run, including war era uniforms, weapons, field gear and an electronic battle map.

At Richmond Virginia, visit the Museum of the Confederacy. This museum includes the former White House of the Confederacy, a gray stuccoed mansion built in 1818. The museum maintains a comprehensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts and photographs from the Confederate States and the American Civil War.

Continue on to Arlington to visit the former home of General Robert E Lee. The grounds of Arlington House, also known as the Custis Lee Mansion, were selected as the site of Arlington National Cemetery during the American Civil War, in part to ensure that Lee would never again be able to return to his home. The mansion is now a national memorial.

Days 12-14:

Travel to Pennsylvania. Visit Gettysburg National Military Park and the National Civil War Museum at Harrisburg.

The final days of your tour take you to the Gettysburg Battlefield, site of the Battle of Gettysburg found in July 1863. This battle was a turning point in the Civil War, ending Robert E Lee’s most ambitious invasion of the North. This is also the setting for President Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech – the Gettysburg Address.

An hour further on you will reach Harrisburg and the National Civil War Museum. This is the only museum in the United States that portrays the entire story of the American Civil War, without bias to Union or Confederate causes. Allow at least a half day to explore here.

This is the end of your Civil War Tour. Continue on to New York City where you may like to spend a few days sightseeing before returning your RV.

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