Mark your Calendars:


with historian Stacy Allen
April 4-6, 2018
HQ: Corinth, Mississippi

Stacy is the Big Cheese at the park these days, and rarely leads battlefield tours himself (instead, assigning those duties to one of his rangers), but he's agreed to reprise his 2002 Civil War Forum tour for us, with some updates and additions. We'll begin with a special, after-hours presentation on Wednesday night at the Corinth Interpretive Center, then spend two full days on the battlefield (Thursday and Friday). Anyone who chooses to can then stick around for various anniversary events scheduled at the park on the following Saturday and Sunday.

Stacy is the best—profoundly knowledgeable on the battle, and a top-notch story teller. Don't miss this one. Details to follow.
Meanwhile, here’s a short video of Stacy (from the Civil War Trust) discussing "the fateful struggle between James Chalmers' Mississippians and the Ohioans and Illinoisans of Col. David Stuart's command. . ."
[painting: Thure de Thulstrup / Library of Congress]

More WHT events on the horizon:
October, 2018: The Battles of the Rosebud and Little Bighorn
with Neil Mangum

Spring 2017: Vicksburg Campaign

Photos from our Sprint 2017 outing in Vicksburg . . .

Terry Winschel discussing Vicksburg river defenses

Railroad Redoubt, and Texas monument in the distance

Pemberton's headquarters, Vicksburg

Following Logan's Approach, near the Illinois monument

Terry Winschel at the U.S.S. Cairo

Coker House, Champion Hill 

Setting the stage for the Battle of Champion Hill

Atop Champion Hill

The Campaign and Battles for VICKSBURG, with Terry Winschel (March 31-April 2)


The Campaign and Battles for Vicksburg: 
an in-depth, multi-day tour with historian Terry Winschel

March 31–April 2, 2017

Friday, March 31: 8:15-4:15 — 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 at Vicksburg's Riverfront Park, we will visit Grand Gulf and Port Gibson battlefields.
Saturday, April 1: 8:15-4:15 — 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: 8:15 depart hotel. First stop, the Cairo Museum. We'll 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 Friday and Saturday tours, carpool on Sunday, lunch on Friday and Saturday). 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 request for instructions 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 that you arrive at the Marriott each morning in time to catch the bus. 

TERRY WINSCHEL, long-time historian at Vicksburg National Military Park, recently retired from the National Park Service. His illustrious career included serving as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg. He is the author of innumerable articles, and a long list of books on the Civil War, including The Civil War Diary of the Common Soldier, Triumph and Defeat: the Vicksburg Campaign (2 vols), and Vicksburg: Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar. Read his excellent summary article, "Vicksburg Campaign: Unvexing the Father of Waters,” at The Civil War Trust.

Read Terry's answers to 7 Questions I posed to him back on the eve of the Vicksburg sesquicentennial. 

At present, I’ve booked a cozy 24-seat mini-bus, and all but a few of the seats are spoken for. That’s a comfortable size for battlefield tours, and will allow maximum interaction with our on-board expert throughout the weekend. 

Hope to see you in Vicksburg!

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