Field Trips


Future Trips

The focus of our adventures into the field is to introduce you to places where soldiers from Northern West Virginia and Southeast Ohio served in Revolutionary and Civil War campaigns. 

All proceeds are used to fund our historical markers projects.

Check our where we are going, register online for future trips and see where we've been.   

Spring 2020 New Birth of Freedom Field Trip

Our Field Trip has been postponed.

Destinations: Valley Forge National Historic Park, Washington Crossing State Park, Independence National Historical Park and Independence Hall, Philadelphia's Historic District, and Gettysburg National Military Park

You may register online using Paypal or download, print and submit your registration by mail with your check using the links below.

More details about our trip are also below.

Independence Hall
Firing Demo
James Mitchell Varnum
Britton & Magnusen
Alonzo Cushing

Spring 2020 New Birth of Freedom Field Trip

Trip Details

To accommodate all community members who expressed interest in the Fall 2019 New Birth of Freedom Field Trip but were unable to participate, the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley will repeat the New Birth of Freedom Field Trip itinerary in April 2020.  The field trip will feature several important Revolutionary and Civil War period sites in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, including Valley Forge, Washington Crossing,  Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia's historic district - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and Gettysburg National Military Park.  


The purpose of the field trip is to recognize the service and sacrifices of those with connections to the Mid-Ohio Valley region who served in these American Revolutionary or Civil War campaigns.  Interpretation will be provided by Scott Britton, Executive Director of the Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta, based on original research, personal correspondence, published memoirs, official military records, and other resources. 

Featured Destinations

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park, King of Prussia, PA, where the Continental Army was reborn during the severe 1777-8 winter encampment.

  • Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, NJ, where General George Washington and 4,000 soldiers crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 in the face of a winter tempest to surprise and capture the Hessian garrison at Trenton.

  • Philadelphia's historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first U.S. Capital, to explore Independence National Historic Park which features Independence Hall, many museums, historic homes, churches, cemeteries, neighborhood shops and restaurants.  The original city is one of 266 UNESCO Heritage cities worlwide and the only one in the U.S.  The designation celebrates Philadelphia where democracy was first established and its importance to world culture.

  • Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA, to understand the 1863 battle that helped turn the tide of the Civil War with emphasis on local soldiers who played pivotal roles during those three days at sites such as McPherson's Woods, the Railroad Cut, Barlow's Knoll, The Brickyard, The Wheatfield, Little Round Top, Cemetery Hill, Seminary Ridge, and The Angle.

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA, to celebrate President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and participate in a poignant flag ceremony to honor local soldiers who never came home.


The field trip registration fee is $ 445.00 per guest for shared double-occupancy, or $ 565.00 for private accommodations.


Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Fee includes includes round-trip charter bus transportation, hotel accommodations, interpretation, admissions to attractions except in Philadelphia's historic district, guide to discovering Philadelphia's historic district, local maps, suggested reading and viewing materials, recommended dining venues close to hotels, official visitors publications and more.  


Contact Leight Murray at 740 706 2575 or for more information.

More Detail

Some important local figures who will be recognized at Valley Forge include Gen. James Mitchell Varnum, Gen. Arthur St. Clair, Col. James Neal, Lt. Col. Aaron Burr, Lt. Col. Ebenezer Sprout, Capt. John Doughty, Capt. Asher Allen, Lt. Anselm Tupper, Sgt. Johnson Cook, Chaplain Manasseh Cutler, Quartermaster Griffin Green, and Drummer Boy John Gray.  Varnum commanded the 1st Rhode Island Regiment and urged General Washington to permit freed African-American slaves to serve in the Continental Army.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Company of Associates and was one of the first settlers to arrive in Marietta.  He was one of two "supreme" judges appointed in the Northwest Territory and assisted Governor Arthur St. Clair in writing the first code of laws for the new territory.  He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Marietta.

Neal immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland and served with the Virginia Militia at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. He later came to the Mid-Ohio Valley as a surveyor and in 1785 returned with family to establish a block house named Neal's Station on the site of the current City of Parkersburg.  His family is memorialized as the "First permanent settlers of Wood County".  Neal is buried in Tavenner Cemetery, Parkersburg.

Johnson enlisted in the 4th Connecticut Regiment in 1777 and fought for six years.  His discharge papers, signed by Gen. Washington, state, "As a patriot, he was a hero's hero.  He was wounded 10-times, twice taken prisoner, and a member of the 'Forelorn Hope' that led the assault on Stony Point, a key British position on the Hudson River.  17 of 20 who participated in the assault with Cook perished in the attack.   Cook emigrated to Ohio in 1796, settled in Marietta, and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Lancaster.  

In addition, these local figures will be honored for their roles at Gettysburg, including Ohio Governor John Brough, Brig. Gen. Rufus R. Dawes, Brig. Gen. Adoniram J. Warner, Capt. James Huntington, 1st Lt. George Nixon, 1st. Lt. George Norton, Corporal Francis Asbury Waller, Corporal James Holland, Private Hugh O'Neill, and Drummer Boy George Enderlin.

Marietta's Brig Gen. Rufus R. Dawes was working for his family's timber enterprise in Wisconsin when Fort Sumter was fired upon.  He promptly organized the 6th Wisconsin Infantry which became one of five regiments in the Iron Brigade.  Under Dawes' command the 6th Wisconsin played pivotal roles at both the Railroad Cut on the first day and then repelled Confederate attacks  on Culp's Hill on the second day at Gettysburg.   

Cemetery Hill and East Cemetery Hill comprise much of the important "high ground" at Gettysburg and was the site of bloody, hand-to-hand fighting  late in the evening on the second day.  Several local units fought here including Battery C, 1st WV Light Artillery (Hill's Battery), and, Battery H, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (Norton's Battery).  Both units were recruited largely from Washington and Wood Counties.  The 7th WV Infantry, or "Bloody 7th", under the command of Lt. Col. Jonathan Lockwood was sent here by General Hancock to hold the Union position.  The Bloody 7th fought valiantly among the Union artillery here to drive Hays' Louisiana Tigers from the position and to end fighting on the second day.


Marietta resident Hugh O'Neill served in Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, which held a key position at the Bloody Angle on the third day of battle.  The battery was led by a 22-year old commander, Lt. Alonzo Cushing.  Although wounded twice, Cushing refused to leave the field and stood with the help of his sergeant to shout orders.   As Confederate forces swarmed the position during Pickett's Charge, Cushing was struck in the mouth by a bullet and died instantly.  Still, the unit inflicted severe casualties and ultimately repelled the Confederate attack.  Cushing is buried at West Point and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014.

Past Trips

November 3 - 4, 2012                     Fall 2012 Antietam National Battlefield - Harpers Ferry Field Trip - Trip Review


March 21 - 23, 2014                       Spring 2014 Richmond Field Trip 


September 26 - 28, 2014                 Fall 2014 Gettysburg Field Trip


April 17 - 19, 2015                         Spring 2015 Petersburg-Appomattox Field Trip


September 29 - October 2, 2016       Fall 2016 Chattanooga Field Trip


October 12 - 15, 2017                     Fall 2017 Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland Field Trip


October 18 - 21, 2018                     Fall 2018 Origins of Freedom Field Trip


October 17 - 20, 2019                     Fall 2019 New Birth of Freedom Field Trip

Contact Us

Questions or for more information contact Leight Murray, Recording-Secretary


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