Epicenter of the Rebellion: Great Richmond Civil War Sites

August 10, 2019

A 2019 BGES Day of History Program

Burning and Evacuation of Richmond, April 3, 1865
Lithograph by A. Hoen & Co., Richmond, Va. c1897
Courtesy Library of Congress

As capital of the Confederacy, Richmond drew attention from the Union planners, and the human interest stories of the area are numerous and legendary. Historian Richard Britton has devoted his professional life to mapping and storytelling. This trip is filled with storytelling as we visit the Confederate White House, Drewry’s Bluff, Gaines Mill, and the sacred Hollywood Cemetery. This wonderful mix makes a great day out and leaves you well positioned to skip up to Culpeper for BGES’ tour of Cedar Mountain on the 11th.



A Charlottesville, Virginia-based author, historian, and cartographer, Rick Britton has published over 200 articles and essays–the vast majority on the history of Virginia. He is is the author of the award-winning Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler, and 2015’s Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History. He also teaches classes on the history of central Virginia, conducts battlefield tours, lectures frequently on a wide range of Virginia history topics, and illustrates maps for history books and websites. (To see a sampling of Rick’s maps, go to the Mount Vernon website–www.mountvernon.org and select “Revolutionary War.”)