Re: [civilwarwest] Campaign for Atlanta: 3/27-3/30: seats available
- 2008Mar13Thanks for the notice; this is just the tour I've been looking for ! Sorry I can't make this year; would like to receive notice of future tours. Is this a regular event ?Would also be interested in tours of Mission Ridge, March to Sea, etc., etc.
eventhorizon7001 <civilwarforum@...> wrote:Sherman's 1864 Campaign for Atlanta
12th Civil War Forum Battlefield Conference
March 27-30, 2008
There's still time to get one of the remaining seats on the bus for the Civil War Forum's
annual gathering. This year we have another stellar lineup of guides and speakers to cover
one of the war's critical campaigns. Civil War Forum conferences remain an unparalleled
bargainthe most authoritative guides, two full and two half days of tours, three dinner
presentations, and two lunchesfor significantly less than for-profit tours (see
registration info below).
Contact: David Woodbury: civilwarforum@ mac.com
http://community. netscape. com/civilwar
We begin gathering in the hotel conference room each evening (Thurs., Fri., Sat.) for an
informal reception between 6:00-7:00 p.m. This is a great time to have a glass of wine or
Rebel Yell, mingle with your fellow attendees, study maps, and check out the donated
raffle items. At 7:00 p.m. we'll sit down to a catered buffet, before enjoying a talk by one
of our featured speakers at 8:00 p.m.
-> Thursday: Dr. Steven Woodworth of Texas Christian University, author of Decision in
the Heartland: The Civil War in the West, Jefferson Davis and his Generals: The Failure of
Confederate Command in the West, and many other important Civil War studies.
-> Friday: Dr. John Fowler of Kennesaw State University, author of The Confederate
Experience Reader, and Mountaineers in Gray: Nineteenth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry
[Friday will also feature a special presentation by Russell Bonds, author of Stealing the
General, during our visit to the Southern Museum to see the General the locomotive
stolen by Andrews's Raiders in the "Great Locomotive Chase"]
-> Saturday: Dr. Steven Davis, noted Atlanta Campaign historian, author of Atlanta Will
Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Yankee Heavy Battalions, and numerous articles and
essays, and long-time book review editor of Blue & Gray Magazine.
THURSDAY afternoon, March 27: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m: (via carpool) Atlanta History
Center. For the first hour, Director Gordon Jones will give us a private presentation in the
auditorium with a display of some of the treasures from the spectacular George Wray
collection, then will turn us loose to view the Turning Point galleryhe'll remain on hand
as our guide, and to answer questions. The Wray and Turning Point collections are among
the best collections of Civil War artifacts in the nation.
FRIDAY, March 28: 7:00 a.m: Reseca to KennesawFirst of all, a word of warning: this
will be the longest day of the weekend. I have tried to strike a balance between seeing the
critical fields of this campaign, and not running everyone ragged. That morning we'll board
the bus bright and early and head straight for the battlefield at Resaca, there to meet up
with local volunteers for interpretation, including Ken Padgett, president of the Friends of
Reseca. We'll see the earthworks at Fort Wayne where the first shots of the battle book
place, get an overview of the proposed park, and visit Snake Creek Gapthe subject of
innumerable, and interminable internet arguments between detractors and defenders of
Sherman and Thomas. Most of the preserved 550-acre Reseca battlefield site is un-
improved, without even roads, and to see the entrenchments requires a half mile walk
followed by a vigorous climb through heavy woods. Next time we visit, hopefully the
access will be improved.
From there we'll work our way to Pickett's Mill to see one of the most pristine Civil War
battlefields in the country, and the scenes of savage slaughter. State Park historian James
Wooten will be our guide for the Pickett's Mill portion of the morning. We'll have lunch at
the picnic area there.
After lunch, we'll follow one of the main historic routes, heading east on Due West Road
toward Kennesaw Mountain, pass Gilgal Church, and make a stop at Pine Mountain for a
few words at the site of the death of Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk. Soon after we'll stop at the
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, there to see a very good (20-
min.) interpretive film, and spend about 45 minutes looking at what Ed Bearss says is the
finest Civil War museum at any of the National Park sites. You'll be able to satisfy your
bookstore fix here as well. National Park Service historian Willie Johnson will guide us for
the rest of the afternoon. The museum exhibits contain a lot of text, and the majority of
the artifacts on display are site related, many ID'd to participants in the battle, so we'll
take our time with that. From there, we'll bus to the top of the mountain to get an
understanding of the terrain, before heading over to Cheatham Hill and other points.
SATURDAY, March 29: Chattahoochee River Line, Battle of Peachtree Creek, Battle of
AtlantaWe are fortunate to have Charlie Crawford, highly regarded tour guide, and
president of the Georgia Battlefields Association, as our guide for the full day on Saturday.
Steve Davis and Gordon Jones will also be on the bus to add color commentary. Our rough
itinerary for the day: we'll begin with the Fort Drive Shoupades or Vinings Hill, from which
Sherman first saw the church spires of Atlanta, and visit at least one of the Chattahoochee
crossing sites: Paces Ferry or Powers Ferry. We'll do a drive-by of some of the Confederate
Outer Line (Loring Heights, which was part of the starting position for the Peachtree Creek
assault), and also drive through Brookwood Hills to see the Confederate initial advance,
then follow 28th Street to see the Stevens marker, and stop at Tanyard Creek Park for the
bulk of the commentary about Peachtree Creek. Later, in the Battle of Atlanta area, we'll
see the Walker monument, and stop at the McPherson monument to explain the struggle
for Leggett's Hill. We'll also stop at the Carter Center and walk to the site of the
Confederate breakthrough on the afternoon of 22 July 1864.
SUNDAY, March 30: (via carpool) Optional outing to 1) historic Oakland Cemetery to see
the graves of several notable residents, including that of General John B. Gordon, and
Margaret Mitchell. From there we'll head to 2) the Atlanta Cyclorama for a guided tour
(including the Cyclorama painting, and the locomotive Texas the locomotive that chased
the General in the Great Locomotive Chase). At this last stop, I'll need people to pay their
own entrance fee: for our group, it will be $6 per person [entry fees at Pickett's Mill,
Kennesaw NBP, Southern Museum, and Atlanta History Center are including in your
At approximately noon, we'll call it quits until next year.
Comfort Suites Hotel Perimeter Center
6110 Peachtree Dunwoody
Atlanta, GA 30328 Tel: 770-828-0330
http://www.atlantac omfortsuites. com/
Cost: $250: includes all tours, three evening dinner presentations, two box lunches,
entrance to all parks and museums (except Cyclorama on Sunday morning). Does not
cover your lodging. Registration can be made by PayPal (request an invoice:
civilwarforum@ mac.com), or by check or money order to David Woodbury, P.O. Box 19130,
Stanford, CA 94309.
The following books by our featured speakers can be pre-ordered by email
(civilwarforum@ mac.com), and picked up and paid for at the conference. Authors will
personally inscribe your copies. Save on shipping, get a signed copy, and enjoy the
opportunity to engage the authors in discussion.
Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston, and the Yankee Heavy Battalions (American Crisis
Series, No. 3), by Stephen Davis: $24.95 (pbk)
Mountaineers In Gray: The Nineteenth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment, C. S. A. by
John D. Fowler: $34.00 (hardcover)
Decision in the Heartland: The Civil War in the West (Reflections on the Civil War Era) by
Steven E. Woodworth (2008): $40.00 (hardcover)
Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor, by Russell
Bonds: $30.00 (hardcover)
Some interesting resources:
Pickett's Mill State Historic Park
http://www.gastatep arks.org/ info/picketts/
Ambrose Bierce on The Crime at Pickett's Mill
http://www.online- literature. com/bierce/ 1991/
Russell Bonds article on Bishop Polk
http://www.historyn et.com/wars_ conflicts/ american_ civil_war/ 3038721.html
Georgia Battlefields Association
http://www.georgiab attlefields. org/
Mr. Shoup's Ingenious "Shoupades"
http://www.georgiab attlefields. org/endangered04 .htm
Atlanta History Center
http://www.atlhist. org/index. cfm
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