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October 28, 2017
Annual Meeting & Tour
Point of Rocks Civil War Site
Saturday, 10:00 AM
[2017 Annual Meeting & Tour]

Richmond Battlefields Association's annual meeting & tour will be held at Point of Rocks Civil War Site. Discover the unique history of this Union foothold in Chesterfield County—the site of naval battles, a Union headquarters, hospital, burial ground and post-war freedman’s village. Walk in the footsteps of Gen. Benjamin “Beast” Butler, Clara Barton, President & Mrs. Lincoln, and Gen. & Mrs. Grant. Historian Scott Williams, contributing author & mapmaker for the Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour Guide, will lead our walking tour

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Past Events

October 2016
Annual Meeting & Tour
Deed Transfer Ceremony at Gaines' Mill
[2016 Tour Photos]

Once again, the Richmond Battlefields Association's annual meeting featured a special Deed Transfer Ceremony with the National Park Service. RBA celebrated the transfer of 3 acres at Gaines' Mill to the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Board member Mike Andrus led guest on a walking tour of the site made famous by Hood's Texas Brigade on June 27, 1862. In one of the largest assualts of the war, Confederate Gen Robert E. Lee's troops attacked across Boatswain's Creek, breaking the Union position here. Lee's first major victory resulted in over 15,000 casualties and convinced Union Gen. George B. McClellan to abandon his "On to Richmond" campaign. That night, the Federals began a long and costly retreat to the James River. This was the first battlefield preservation success at Gaines’ Mill in more than 80 years. This addition to the Park’s holdings ensures that this hallowed ground is now preserved for all time.

November 2015
Cold Harbor - New Land Dedication
Richmond National Battlefield Park
[2015 Cold Harbor Photos]

The Richmond Battlefields Association celebrated a battlefield preservation success at the Cold Harbor. The Richmond National Battlefield Park be formally opened the new Beulah Church site to the public. Following a short ceremony and the unveiling of several new interpretive markers, historian R.E.L. Krick led a walking tour of the grounds. This site saw fighting on May 31 & June 1, 1864. For the first time the park will be able to tell this neglected part of the Cold Harbor story.

October 2015
Annual Meeting & Tour
Return to Fussell's Mill
[2015 Tour Photos]

The Richmond Battlefields Association held its annual meeting at Fussell's Mill. Board members Ben Brockenbrough and Mike Andrus led an extensive tour of the 1864 Second Deep Bottom Campaign. Our tour group enjoyed a fine Fall morning traversing our new 25-acre Darbytown Road battlefield, scene of intense fighting on August 16th. We were joined by a special guest, historian Jimmy Price, who provided insightful accounts of United States Colored Troops (USCT) participation in the battle.

November 2014
Annual Meeting & Tour
Deed Transfer Ceremony at Cold Harbor
[2014 Tour Photos]

The Richmond Battlefields Association's annual meeting was especially meaningful this year. It featured a Deed Transfer Ceremony with the National Park Service celebrating the transfer of 18 acres at Beulah Church to the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Mike Andrus and Ben Brockenbrough led guest on a unique tour of the battlefield exploring the actions of June 1&3, 1864. The Union 18th Corps attacked across these fields, resulting in one of the costliest and most infamous repulses of the entire war. This addition to the Park’s holdings ensures that this hallowed ground is now preserved for all time.

September 2014
CWT Campaign To Save 665 Acres At North Anna
Partners in Preservation:
An Interview with Ben Brockenbrough & Robert Freis
[CWT Interview]

Earlier this year, the Civil War Trust launched a fundraising campaign to save 665 crucial acres on the North Anna Battlefield — the entirety of the Jericho Mill portion of the site. The Richmond Battlefields Association (RBA) is contributing $5,000 to the effort, matching a $5,000 contribution from the Grand Army of the Cussewago (GAC). The Civil War Trust recently had the opportunity to connect with RBA president Ben Brockenbrough and GAC historian Robert Freis regarding the groups’ donations.

August 2013
Gov. McDonnell Announces Battlefield Preservation Grants
RBA Awarded Matching Funds for Beaver Dam Creek
[Photo]

Recently, Governor McDonnell announced the 2013 Battlefield Preservation awards at a ceremony at Balls Bluff Regional Park. Richmond Battlefields Association was one of four preservation groups receiving grants this year. RBA will receive matching funds from the Civil War Site Preservation Fund for purchase of the Thomas tract at the Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield.

June 2013
48th Alabama Regiment Monument
Second Deep Bottom Battlefield
[Monument Photos] [Monument Inscription]

A monument to the 48th Alabama Regiment was recently installed at the Fussell's Mill "dry ravine" site preserved by RBA. It is here that Col. William C. Oates lost an arm while leading a desperate counterattack on Aug 16, 1864.

June 2013
Annual Meeting & Tour
Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield
[2013 Tour Photos]

The Richmond Battlefields Association held its annual meeting at our new Beaver Dam Creek Battlefield site. Despite torrential rains from Tropical Storm Andrea, members followed historian Mike Andrus on a tour of the bluff overlooking Beaver Dam Creek and learned of the June 26, 1862 fight that took place there.

June 2012
Annual Meeting & Tour
Longstreet's Attack at Gaines' Mill
[2012 Tour Photos]

The Richmond Battlefields Association once again held its annual meeting at our Gaines’ Mill battlefield site. Attendees took advantage of a magnificent June morning to follow Longstreet’s attack across the adjacent 285-acre farm. Board members, Ben Brockenbrough and Mike Andrus, led our tour group across a pristine landscape while providing an outstanding account of the June 27, 1862 action and its aftermath.

May 2012
Dedication of Hood's Texas Brigade Monument
RBA Gaines' Mill Tract
[Ceremony Photos] [Monument Inscription]

Flags were flying and bagpipes filled the air at the recent dedication ceremony hosted by RBA. Participants enjoyed beautiful weather as representatives from Hood’s Texas Brigade Association Re-activated, the Texas Historical Commission, and the Richmond Battlefields Association unveiled the new monument. In his keynote address, Professor Gary Gallagher stressed the importance of the Battle of Gaines' Mill as a true turning point in the American Civil War. Many descendants of the 4th Texas soldiers were present, as were descendants of James Longstreet, JEB Stuart, and John Bell Hood. Renowned NPS historian R.E.L. Krick led a tour of the battlefield after the ceremony.

April 2012
Spring Tour of Hanover & King William Counties
Funds Raised for Battlefield Preservation
[Tour Photos]

Participants in our Spring tour contributed to RBA's battlefield preservation fund while enjoying the many historical gems along the Pamunkey River. Among the Civil War sites rarely seen were Marlbourne, Westwood, Summer Hill, Hanover Town, Wyoming, and Williamsville. Thank you to all who participated for making RBA's inaugural tour a smashing success!

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Above: RBA-sponsored tour of historic White House Landing on the Pamunkey River in New Kent County (June 2008).

Gaines' Mill Purchase

for sale

For Sale: In the fall of 2010, RBA board members evaluated the Gaines' Mill site which borders the Richmond National Battlefield Park along Boatswain Creek.

boatswain creek

Negotiation: Over the winter months negotiations with the landowner were succesfully concluded.

cleared site

Preparation: In the spring, the site was cleared, just in time for the RBA annual meeting.

rba meeting

Celebration: The public was invited to tour this historic site in early June 2011.

rba tour

Preservation: This hallowed ground is now forever protected.

Texas monument

Commemoration: In 2012 RBA hosted the dedication of this battlefield monument to Hood's Texas Brigade.