Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley planning trip

PARKERSBURG — The Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley in April will host a field trip of important Revolutionary and Civil War sites in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The itinerary of the New Birth of Freedom Field Trip includes the historic district in Philadelphia and the historic district in Gettysburg.

The tour will depart from Marietta and Parkersburg on April 25 and return on April 28.

The purpose of the tour will be to recognize and honor the sacrifices of those in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War who have direct associations to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Information will be provided by Scott Britton, executive director of The Castle Museum in Marietta, based on research on personal correspondence, published memoirs, official military records and other resources.

Registration fees cover for park and attraction admissions, narrated tours, round-trip charter bus transportation, hotel accommodations, a directory of dining venues close to hotels, a recommended reading list and official visitors’ information.

Featured locations will include:

* Valley Forge National Historical Park, King of Prussia, Pa., and the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army.

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

* Philadelphia’s historic district, or, original city, a UNESCO World Heritage City, to explore Independence National Historic Park and Independence Hall, historic homes, churches, cemeteries, museums, parks, neighborhoods, shops and restaurants. The original city is one of 266 UNESCO Heritage Cities in the world and the only one in the U.S. See for more complete information on this attraction.

* Gettysburg National Military Park. The tour will study the 1863 battle that turned the tide of the war and local soldiers who played pivotal roles during those three days at McPhersons Woods, the Railroad Cut, International Peace Monument, Barlow’s Knoll, The Brickyard, The Wheatfield, Little Round Top, Seminary Ridge, 11th Corps Hospital at the Spangler Farm, Cemetery Hill, and The Angle. The group will celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and participate in a flag ceremony of those killed in the battle.

Registration fee is $445 per guest for double-occupancy accommodations and $565 per guest for private accommodations.

Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Leight Murray at 740-706-2575 or for more information and registration instructions.