Chickamauga Study group March 13-14 2009
Here is an update to the Study group, and reminder that if you are
interested, please make your reservations early.
Here is a link to the Study group detail:
As usual, feel free to pass it around to any interested parties
Also, on Thursday night, March 12th, there will be an open meeting to allow
for public input for the new General Management Plan for the CCNMP.
The meeting will be held between 4 PM to 8 PM, Eastern Time, at the Walker
Pavilion, Coolidge Park,
on the North Shore/in North Chattanooga
It's an open meeting, you can walk in late. The format will be one of
"stations" where you will have a chance to interact with various NPS officials
concerning the future use of the military park. We need to talk to as many people
as we can, and impress upon them the continued interest we have in keeping
the focus on the parks as MILITARY Parks - their original and most important
If you can attend, please do so.
CCNMP Study Group 2009 Seminar in the Woods
Mission Statement: The purpose of the CCNMP Study Group is to create a forum
to bring students of the American Civil War together to study and explore
those events in the fall of 1863 that led ultimately to the creation of the
Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. The intent is to use the
indispensable resource of the park itself as an outdoor classroom to promote
learning and study of the battles for Chattanooga, and to build interest for an
annual gathering that will in time examine all aspects of the Campaigns for
Chattanooga. Additionally, we hope to bring students and serious scholars, both
professional and amateur, to the field to share insights and knowledge about
Tour Leaders: Jim Ogden, Park Historian, and Dave Powell
Date: Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 2009.
Note: Friday’s tours will involve a tour bus. We will be charging a small
fee for use of the bus. See below.
Friday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Minty vs. Johnson, September 18th, 1863.
By Bus, we will examine the opening engagement of the battle, as Bushrod
Johnson and Nathan Bedford Forrest collided with Minty’s Cavalry Brigade. Stops
will include Ringgold, Peeler’s Mill site, Peavine Ridge, Reed’s Bridge, and
conclude at Jay’s Mill. This land is in private hands, but we will have
ample opportunities to dismount and walk some of the terrain in question.
Park at the Visitor‘s Center. The bus will depart and return from there.
Friday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rosecrans in Command, September
17th to 20th, 1863.
By Bus, we will trace Union Commander William Starke Rosecrans’ movements on
the field between September 17th and 20th, discussing his command decisions
and the information he had at the time. Stops will include Crawfish Springs,
Wilder Tower/Widow Glenn’s, the Visitor’s Center, and the Dyer Orchard HQ
Park at the Visitor’s Center. The Bus will depart and return from there.
Saturday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Hindman vs. Sheridan, morning of
On foot: We will examine the attack of Hindman’s Division on Sheridan’s
Federals, after Davis’ division is overwhelmed. We will discuss the fighting in
South Dyer Field, the storming of Lytle Hill, defeat of Lytle and Walworth’s
Brigades, and end with Wilder’s repulse of Manigault’s Rebel Brigade.
Park in the gravel lot by Recreational Field.
Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hindman assails the end of the
line: Horseshoe Ridge, September 20th
On Foot: Horseshoe Ridge provides a dramatic conclusion to the battle of
Chickamauga. We will discuss the movements of Anderson’s, Manigault’s and Deas’
Brigades as they make their final attack on Horseshoe Ridge.
Park at Snodgrass Hill.
Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour
participation. Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the
Tour Departures: All tours will meet at the Chickamauga Visitor’s Center at
the designated start time, and will depart from there after some brief
overview discussion. We will board the bus or car caravan to the designated parking
area, and from there, we will be on foot. We will be on foot for up to three
hours, so dress and prepare accordingly. Tours will depart rain or shine.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan
accordingly. All tours are designed to be self-contained, so participants who
cannot attend the full schedule are still welcome to join us for any portion of
Lodging and Meals: Everyone is responsible for their own lodging and meals.
There are many hotels in the greater Chattanooga area, for any price range.
The closest are in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, with the least expensive in
Ringgold. Each tour is designed to leave at least 90 minutes for lunch, and there
are several family and fast food restaurants within minutes of the
battlefield. There are designated picnic areas near the Visitor’s Center, for those who
wish to bring a lunch and eat on the field.
What to bring: Each tour will involve extensive walking. Proper clothing and
especially footgear is essential. Dress in layers, wear sturdy, broken-in
walking shoes or boots, and be prepared for some rain, as spring can be quite
wet in North Georgia. We will be walking on dirt and gravel trails, uncut
fields, and through stretches of woods. The ground will be wet and muddy in
places. Bring your own water and snacks.
Reading up on the subject: Many people like to prepare in advance for these
kinds of events. I suggest the following works might be of help.
Cozzens, Peter. This Terrible Sound. University of Illinois, 1992. The best
modern study of the battle.
Gracie, Archibald. The Truth About Chickamauga. Morningside, Reprinted 1987.
For the veteran Chickamauga student only. Gracie’s narrative is incoherent,
disorganized, and mistaken in many places. However, his focus is central to
Saturday Afternoon’s tour, and his work contains a wealth of primary source
accounts that are not found anywhere else. We will be discussing many of the
same topics Gracie examines.
Woodworth, Stephen E. Six Armies In Tennessee: The Chickamauga And
Chattanooga Campaigns. Lincoln, Nebraska. University of Nebraska Press, 1998; an
excellent overview campaign study.
Woodworth, Stephen E. A Deep Steady Thunder: The Battle Of Chickamauga.
Abilene, Texas. McWhiney Foundation Press, 1998. Concise but very useful account
of the battle, designed as an introduction to the action. 100 pages, very
Note: Friday’s Tours will be by Bus, as we move from site to site. While the
tour itself is free, we do have to pay for the bus.
Pre-registration Fee: $35 Due by February 1st, 2009.
After November 5th, 2008, send to:
34664 ORANGE DRIVE
PINELLAS PARK, FLORIDA 33781
Make checks payable to: Frank Crawford.
Frank will hold your payments. If you pay by check, note that Frank will not
cash those checks until we have sufficient entries, so that if we have to
refund, Frank will simply send your checks back to you.
Please also note that this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after February 1st, 2009.
Once we are committed to the bus, we will be charged the booking fee.
On-site Sign up Fee: $40
We MUST have 20 attendees registered and Paid by Feb 1st, or we cannot
reserve the bus. Once we confirm the minimum, you will be able to join the tour
the day we depart, for late add-ons. If we do not meet the minimum, we will
car-caravan for Friday’s tours.
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