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
Check back here for details


The High Water Mark of the Rebellion
Last week, in Gettysburg, the good folks of the CompuServe 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, and an altogether fitting and proper close to two decades of battlefield tramping.
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