National Park Service Civil War historians emerged onto Chris Calkins. The tour was part of a series of informational field trips that NPS Civil War historians took this summer. The purpose of the field trip was to get orientated with the park and the history of the battle of Sailor’s Creek.
“With our aim being to develop Sailor’s Creek Battlefield into a first-class historical state park, tying ourselves into the knowledge of our sister battlefields helps our visitors understand the seamless stories we convey between us,” said Calkins.
During their visit, historians toured the visitor center and Hillsman Farm House Museum, attended a presentation by Calkins on the park’s exhibits and development plans, and took a caravan tour of Lee’s Retreat. Historians taking part in the tour were from the national parks of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Manassas, Appomattox, Richmond and Antietam.