Confederate High Tide in the West: Chickamauga and Chattanooga – October 8-11, 2014 – PAST TOUR

Confederate High Tide in the West: Chickamauga and Chattanooga – October 8-11, 2014 – PAST TOUR

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Wednesday, October 8 (7:30pm) – Saturday, October 11 (5:00pm)

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Our Tour Leader: A. Wilson Greene

Registration Fee: $495

Confederate_High_Tide_in_the_West_Chickamauga_and_ChattanoogaIf Gettysburg marked the Confederate high water mark in the east in July 1863, by September the smashing Southern victory at Chickamauga proved the cause was very much alive. But the celebration was short-lived once Ulysses S. Grant pushed Braxton Bragg’s army off Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. One of the best preserved and oldest Civil War core battlefields in the country is Chickamauga with an amazing array of artillery. Our tour will show you two great battlefields: Chickamauga and Chattanooga as well as a host of lesser known sites associated with these campaigns. There will be plenty of time to discuss the lost opportunities and critical decisions made by a unique cast of characters on both sides.

On the first day of our tour we will follow Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland as it crosses the Tennessee River at Shellmound, Bridgeport, and Battle Creek, Tennessee. We’ll ascend Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain. We will stop at McClemore’s Cove to study how Confederate General Braxton Bragg missed an opportunity to beat the Federals. Then we’ll proceed to Bragg’s headquarters in Lafayette, Georgia to review his operational plans for the campaign. We will conclude the day with several stops on the Chickamauga battlefield highlighting the September 18-19 actions.

Our second day will be a full day at Chickamauga with an extensive walking tour of the September 20th action. We’ll begin at the McDonald Farm and atop Horseshoe Ridge. We will visit the site of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas’s morning stand along Battleline Avenue, the Confederate breakthrough at the Brotherton Farm, Brig. Gen. William Haines Lytle’s fatal defense and Rosecrans’ headquarters. We will walk in the footsteps of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet’s afternoon attacks from his Dyer House headquarters up Harker’s Hill and then to Snodgrass Hill and Horseshoe Ridge, where Thomas saved Union army from a complete rout.

On our third day we’ll make a brief stop at the Wauhatchie battlefield to discuss the lifting of the semi-siege of Chattanooga in late October. We’ll then ascend Lookout Mountain to study the aptly named “Battle Above the Clouds.” In the afternoon we will visit Orchard Knob, Grant’s command post on November 24-25 and then ascend Missionary Ridge to look extensively at Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s attack against Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne’s division and then proceed along Missionary Ridge, ending at Bragg’s headquarters.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing as we experience one of the most famous and interesting campaigns of the Civil War’s western theatre.

Part of your registration fee will help support the Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier near Petersburg, Virginia. PHP receives no government funding, but relies on revenues collected at the Park and from donations to make its quality programming and preservation efforts possible. For more information about PHP, go to

Our Tour Leader: A. Wilson Greene is executive director of the Pamplin Historical Park and a very popular leader of Civil War tours. He lives in Chattanooga. In his early career, Will was a historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Military Park. He is the author of more than 20 published works on Civil War military history, including Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion.

Registration Fee: $495

What’s included: motor coach transportation, three lunches, beverage and snack breaks, a map and materials package, all admissions and gratuities, and the services of an experienced tour leader and historian. Our hotel will provide a complimentary breakfast each day. Tour participants are responsible for transportation to the headquarters hotel, and securing a room reservation, if necessary. Our hotel will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the Chattanooga Airport. Dinner is on your own. Tour goes out rain or shine. Please see our policy page for information about cancellations.

Hotel: We have arranged with the headquarters hotel for a group rate of $79.00 per night plus tax (double or single occupancy.) Please call the Hampton Inn and Suites, 7013 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421 at 423-855-0095 and ask for the America’s History group rate. This rate will be guaranteed until September 24, so please make your reservations soon.

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  • Toll-free: 1-855-OUR-HISTORY (687-4478)
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  • Postal mail: America’s History LLC, P. O. Box 1076, Goochland, VA 23063

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