The Campaign for Vicksburg, w/Terry Winschel (March 31-April 2017)


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 

The Campaign and
Battles for Vicksburg: 

an in-depth, multi-day tour 
with historian Terry Winschel

March 31–April 2, 2017

ITINERARY:

Friday, March 31: 0800-1700 — We will make stops at Louisiana Circle to set the stage and talk about the Naval Siege of Vicksburg. We'll then drive north through Vicksburg, past the Warren County Courthouse, Pemberton's Headquarters, and various river battery sites to the Cairo Museum (we will stop there on Sunday), and out to Chickasaw Bayou Battlefield. From there we will proceed across the river to the Williams-Grant's Canal to talk about the Bayou Expeditions and the march south through Louisiana. After lunch we will visit Grand Gulf and Port Gibson battlefields.
Saturday, April 1, We will first go to Champion Hill and Big Black River Bridge battlefields. After lunch in Vicksburg we will tour the Union siege lines around the city making stops at key sites as time permits.
Sunday, April 2, We will go to the Cairo Museum and spend the remainder of the morning touring the Confederate defense line making  stops at Stockade Redan and Railroad Redoubt. We'll adjourn around mid-day.
Registration: $285 (includes a seat on the bus for all tours, lunch on Friday and Saturday, informational packet w/maps). Dinners are on your own. Hotel costs, and transportation to Vicksburg are not included. Mail check or money order to: David Woodbury, P.O. Box 60085, Palo Alto, CA 94306, or email by clicking on "Woodbury Historical Tours" at the top right of this page for information on paying online (via PayPal).  
Headquarters hotel (call now to book your room):
       Courtyard by Marriott
       1 Underwood Drive
       Vicksburg, MS 39180
       Call (601) 636-8788
Ask for Woodbury Historical Tours group rate.
We have a block of 20 rooms reserved for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 3/30/17-4/1/17 for: Single (1 person) or Double (2 people): $104 plus 10% tax; Triple (3 people): $114 plus 105 tax; or Quad (4 people): $119 plus 10% tax.
Of course you need not stay at the Marriott if you prefer another local establishment. Just be sure to come to the Marriott to catch the bus. 
Hope to see you in Vicksburg in the spring! 

Recapping our Gettysburg, 2016 battlefield conference


The High Water Mark of the Rebellion
Last week, in Gettysburg, the good folks of the Civil War Forum—one of the earliest and most enduring online Civil War Round Tables—held their 20th and last battlefield conference. Forty-some folks gathered from far and wide—from San Francisco (yours truly) and Albuquerque, from Toronto and Memphis, and many points in-between. It was a spectacular weekend in the company of some stellar Licensed Battlefield Guides.
Trostle Barn, April 2016 
Timothy O'Sullivan image of the Trostle barn showing horses from Bigelow's 9th Massachusetts Battery. Note the hole from a Confederate artillery shell visible in the south face of the barn in both photos. 
Stuart Dempsey kicked things off with a detailed look at 11th Corps actions on the First Day. Chuck Burkell then took the reins for a full day’s touring of the Second Day fighting, and Chris Army spent a morning with us looking over Culp’s and Cemetery Hills, and the East Cavalry Battlefield, including a stop at the old stone barn on the Rummel Farm. Chris also took us by Power’s Hill, where the Civil War Trust is spearheading efforts to preserve an additional 26 acres along the Baltimore Pike.

Chuck Burkell joined us again Saturday afternoon to conduct a walk of Pickett’s Charge. Highlighting our evening events was a moving and memorable talk on “The Meaning of the Gettysburg Address,” by Scott Hartwig at the Dobbin House. Scott was the historian at Gettysburg NMP for 34 years, overseeing a monumental transformation of the park facilities and landscape.
 
Homing in on the copse of trees, left of center

The Battle of Gettysburg
20th Civil War Forum
Battlefield Conference

April 6-10, 2016 — detailed itinerary coming soon


Photos from our March, 2014 trip to Mobile and Pensacola
Richard McMurry discussing the April 9, 1865 Federal assault at Ft. Blakely
Braxton Bragg, Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama
Camel in Confederate Cemetery, Beauvoir, Biloxi, Mississippi
Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay
Fort Barrancas, overlooking entrance to Pensacola Harbor and Santa Rosa Island