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