National Press Club

National Press Club Travel Committee plans annual Civil War Day for June 7

April 28, 2014 | By Jim Noone |

The National Press Club’s annual Civil War battlefield trip will commemorate the Battle of the Wilderness with a visit on Saturday, June 7, to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Press Club members and guests will depart by bus at 8 a.m. sharp from the F Street side of the National Press Building, returning at approximately 5 p.m. There is no charge but NPC members are limited to one guest each. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required and can be made with Richard Meyer of the NPC's Travel Committee at 703-356-6884.

The guide is expected to be Civil War historian Don Pfanz, author of a new book on the Overland Campaign. Pfanz is also one of the founders of the battlefield-preservation movement.

The trip will take place one month after the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness. The battle was the first engagement of Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Overland Campaign against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia.

This is the fourth in the Press Club’s sesquicentennial visits to Civil War battlefields, following trips to Manassas, Antietam and Gettysburg in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. As in past years, the trip is being hosted by the Civil War Trust as part of a long-standing reciprocal arrangement with the Club.