2020 tour lineup: Apache Wars, Billy the Kid, Custer's Last Stand, Grant versus Lee


I'm excited to say that Gordon Rhea has signed on to guide a four-day battlefield tour next September that will generally follow the course of action in his monumental pentalogy from The Wilderness through Cold Harbor, and the initial assault at Petersburg [LSU Press].

Over the last 23 years I have facilitated group tours of a great many Civil War sites—from the well-known to the obscure—but I've never attempted the entirety of the Overland Campaign in a single outing. I have pestered Gordon literally for years, and am gratified that he did not block my email, and that his schedule eventually opened up enough to allow him to settle on some dates. 

Though each of the unspeakably bloody battles in this complex campaign warrants a multi-day tour of its own, we are crafting a meaningful and coherent itinerary to do justice to the subject over four full days (following an evening talk to set the stage).
I hope you'll consider joining us. I'll have the lodging and registration finalized by Thanksgiving, or the weekend after, with updates posted at the website and Facebook page.

This is going to be a fantastic tour. You've got plenty of time to catch up on your reading.

Here is my upcoming True West ad, with the lineup of 2020 tours. It's going to be a fun year, traipsing across Arizona on the trail of Cochise, tracking the brief life of Billy the Kid in New Mexico, a return to Last Stand Hill in Montana, and the great Grant-versus-Lee adventure in Virginia.



The Irish Brigade at Antietam

Irish Brigade: 29th Massachusetts Infantry, 63rd New York Infantry 69th New York Infantry, 88th New York Infantry

Today, on St. Patrick's Day, as I continue preparations for our May 2-5 battlefield tour of Antietam, I was put in mind of the Irish Brigade monument there. Regular visitors to the park know they can find it near Bloody Lane, at the base of the stone Observation Tower.
We will visit Bloody Lane and hear the story of the Irish Brigade and others in that pivotal moment of American history. Click here for information on our upcoming tour.

See also this NPS page on the Irish Brigade Monument at Antietam


Close up of monument plaque. NPS Photo
Irish Brigade Monument. NPS Photo

A bronze portrait of Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher is on the back of the monument. NPS Photo