A two-pronged Union cavalry raid against Richmond was turned back by local militia March 1. The hoped-for outcome of the raid was to free prisoners and cause mayhem in the Confederate capital.
A talk at the Walkerton Tavern, north of Richmond commemorates the event March 8.
Camps and forts
Soldiers spent what would be for many the last quiet moments of their lives in camps and fortifications as winter came to a close. A symposium and bus tours take a look at this phase of the war.
- “The Army of the Potomac Winter Encampment,” symposium is set in Culpeper March 22.
- A bus tour beginning at Fort Ward in Alexandria takes a look at Washington’s fortification system March 22.visitalexandriava.com/events/Friends-of-Fort-Ward-Bus-Tour-on-the-Defenses-of-Washington/6246
- The winter camps are the subject of another bus tour April 11-12.