Civil War on the James Tour

 

Civil War on the James Tour

Presented by Discover the James and Civil War Interpreter, Scott Williams
 
 
Sunday, November 9, 11:30-1:30
  
Cost:       $50 per person
Where:      Deep Bottom Park (click here for directions)
Contact:    Capt. Mike Ostrander
                  Discover the James
                   804-938-2350
                   Mike@DiscovertheJames.com

 

This Fall, ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a 24-foot, 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 reinactor for numerous events staged throughout the Commonwealth annually.

For questions about the Civil War Tour:
Contact Capt. Mike at 804-938-2350 or Mike@DiscovertheJames.com
 
 
 

Top, left photo:  During the Civil War, Union troops started to build a canal at Dutch Gap in 1864 to cut off a large bend in the James River protected by Confederate forts as in Batter Dantzler.  The digging of the canal failed during the war, but was completed in the 1930's and is now the main James River channel.
--Historical photo, Library of Congress
 
 
To the left:  After the Dutch Gap Canal was cut, only small vessels, such as this one could navigate through the cut. On January 1, 1865, when the smoke from the final explosion to complete the canal had cleared, much of the dirt from the sides and the last wall fell back into the canal, filling it in. The canal's depth was now shallow and only small vessels such as this one could venture through.  For the full story, hope onboard and we'll share it with you.
--Historical photo, Library of Congress
 
Below, left:  This is an image of Civil War Tour interpreter, Scott Williams, dressed in his confederate uniform at sunrise.  This image was taken during a cold, snow-covered morning in January.  We waited for the perfect moment ... just as the sun rose over the tree line on the north bank of the James River. The sun is in the position of downtown Richmond and one can't help but think of the fires and how Richmond burned near the end of the Civil War.
-- Photo by Discover the James

 

What do people have to say about the Civil War on the James Tour?
"I was fortunate to experience the Civil War Tour on the James River with Capt. Mike and his partner, Historian Scott Williams.  As an avid history buff, I must say this was the most interesting and informative experience I have had regarding the Civil War.  And, with the added bonus of wildlife insights and watching Bald Eagle, Osprey and Great Blue Heron in the natural habitat, nothing quite compares.  Thanks to Mike and Scott for a great day on the River James ... don't miss out, it is a mind and eye opener." 
-- Jerry G.