The Pickett Society - Founded 1999

For the Commemoration of the 190th Birthday of George Edward Pickett

The Pickett Society's River Tour - June 7th, 2015

On June 7th, The Pickett Society sponsored a boat tour of
militarily historic areas of the James River to celebrate January 16, 1825,
the date of Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett's birth.

The above map shows the course of our tour between Jordan Point and Cox's Landing and areas of engagement during the War Between the States. We boarded the tour boat between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m. at Jordan Point Marina. In order to facilitate parking at the marina, we carpooled by leaving as many vehicles as possible at Dockside Restaurant, 700 Jordan Point Road, which is approximately ½ mile south of the marina. Our skipper was Capt. Mike Ostrander who is an established river guide. Capt. Mike was trained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as an Angling Instructor and he directs Discover the James and James River Fishing School. Scott Williams provided the historical aspect of the tour. He was the mapmaker and contributing author for the Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour Guide and serves as Chairman of the Military History Committee for the Chesterfield Historical Society. Mike and Scott have produced a pictorial Tour Book. The 8 ½" by 11" pages are bound and covered with acrylic. The photographs in the book are all circa Civil War. It is a rare collection and was available for sale to our tour members. The river tour was about 3 hours long, ending at Jordan Point Marina. We gathered for lunch at Dockside Restaurant at approximately 1:30 p.m.

There were four lunches available:

1. Fried shrimp, cole slaw (made fresh), french fries or vegetable of the day

2. Chicken salad croissant, (chunk white meat) served on a toasted croissant with lettuce, tomato and pickle spear. French fries included.

3. Broiled scallops, cole slaw, french fries or vegetable of the day

4. Broiled flounder, cole slaw, french fries or vegetable of the day

Dessert was banana pudding. Coffee, iced tea, soft drinks and water were included. Alcoholic beverages were available for purchase by tour members.


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