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Tour of Appomatox: September 2-4, 2023, with Hessler/Spaugy Action Travel

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The Appomattox campaign, fought by General Ulysses Grant and the Army of Potomac against Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, led to the ultimate surrender of Lee’s army and the effective end of the Civil War. Join us as we relive this legendary campaign and the final days of Grant and Lee’s armies with renowned historian Patrick Schroeder. Pat is the historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and has written or published more than 20 Civil War books. Patrick’s two-day tour will include: Namozine Church, Sailor’s Creek, Farmville, Clifton House, Appomattox Court House, Lee-Grant April 10 meeting, Stacking of Arms/Salute Site, and much more! (Tour stops subject to change.)


  • Friday 9/1/23: Recommend arrival.
  • Saturday 9/2/23 – Sunday 9/3/23: Campaign tour led by Appomattox Court House NPS Chief Historian Patrick Schroeder. Tour starts on Saturday morning; see starting point BELOW.
  • Monday 9/4/23 (Labor Day):  Depart.


  • We do not have a hotel rate for FRIDAY NIGHT.
However, the tour will START on SATURDAY morning at the following location:
Holiday Inn Express / Petersburg Dinwiddie:
5679 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803
Front Desk:   1-804-518-1515
Reservation:  1 888 HOLIDAY (1 888 465 4329)


  • We have a block reserved for SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS at:
Hampton Inn Farmville: 434-392-8826
300 Sunchase Boulevard
Farmville, Virginia, 23901, USA
Dates: September 2nd and 3rd (checkout on 4th)
Rooms: 25
Group Rate: $129
Cutoff Date: August 2nd, 2023
Group Block Code: HST
Guests may use the code HST when either calling the hotel directly at 434-392-8826 or when booking online on the official website. The cutoff date for the block is set for August 2nd, 2023, so please be sure that everyone books by that date to ensure they get the correct rate and within the block.


As in past Hessler-Spaugy excursions, we will carpool caravan-style.


We ask for $350 per person deposit ($600 per household couple) from you to cover the guide and program expenses.

It promises to be another epic Hessler Spaugy adventure, and we hope to see you there!


Washington DC: June 3, 2023, with Jim Hessler

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Morning (10:00 am) - Lafayette Square:

  • Join us on a walking tour of the violent history of Lafayette Square in Washington DC.

  • Our tour will focus on the infamous murder site where Dan Sickles killed Philip Barton Key.

  • Other Points of Interest:

    • Blair House (where R.E. Lee was offered command of the Northern army.)

    • Site where Secretary of State Seward was nearly assassinated by Gettysburg veteran Lewis Powell.

    • Dolly Madison house and McClellan’s headquarters.

    • St John’s Episcopal Church, attended by Lincoln and generations of other      Presidents.  

    • Assassination attempt on President Harry S. Truman.

    • More!

Afternoon (3:00 pm) – Lincoln Cottage:

  • Group tour of the site where Lincoln made some of his most important decisions.


$70 for both Tours. ($37.50 for each tour individually.)


On your own.


  • Meet at Lafayette Square by 9:45am. Tour starts 10am.

  • Metro instructions will be provided to attendees.

  • Group carpools or group Metro riding will be arranged based on interest.


Ask About Our "Beyond Gettysburg" Tours: 

  • Gettysburg Campaign: Hunterstown, Fairfield, Monterey Pass, Brandy Station, Lee’s Retreat, Chambersburg, and more!
  • Indian Wars / Old West: Little Bighorn (aka “Custer’s Last Stand”), Rosebud, Fetterman Fight, Fort Phil Kearny, Tombstone AZ.
  • Other Civil War Battles: Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Winchester, and more!
  • Texas War of Independence: Alamo.
  • Civil War Washington DC: Lafayette Square, Sickles / Key Murder.

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