American Civil War Series: The Battle of the Crater

The Battle of the Crater
George Watt Hill Alumni Center’s Royall Room
Wednesday, July 30 | 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $ 30; GAA members pay $25
Register online.

The Union plan was to dig a tunnel under Confederate lines, plant black powder and, when detonated, give Federal soldiers access to the road to Richmond and end the war in the East.  Instead, the plan went horribly awry prompting U. S. Grant to say it was “the saddest affair I have ever witnessed in the war.”  On the 150th commemorative anniversary of the event, this is the story of the Battle of the Crater.

Lecturer: Fred W. Kiger ’74 (’77 MAT) leads our Civil War battlefield study programs and teaches several GAA courses each semester. Freddie has over 30 years of teaching experience. He is the creator of the field guide The Civil War: A History of the War Between the States (Workman) and has two degrees from UNC, a bachelor’s in history and a master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in history.

Please call Douglass Payne at 919- 962-0313 to register over the phone for upcoming fall classes or the fall field-study trip, or mail in your completed registration form (below).

Read Kiger’s recommended reading list.

Refunds for lectures:

Tuition is fully refundable for any cancellation made three weeks prior to the class. Any cancellation after that time is subject to a 50 percent fee. No tuition is refunded if the cancellation is made within 24 hours of the class. 

Changing Classes:
 We will be happy to accommodate class change requests made within five business days prior to the class. 

Refunds for field-study trips:
All cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $50 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations made after March 18, 2014 will result in a 100 percent forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip, unless you are able to find someone else to book the trip in your place.

For more information, please visit the lifelong learning section of our website.

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  • If you have questions about Civil War field study trips, contact Douglass Payne ’04 (’06 MA) at (919) 962-0313 or e- mail