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.
1997: Antietam & Harpers Ferry with Dennis Frye & Tom Clemens. 1998: Chickamauga & Chattanooga with Jim Ogden; presentation by Sam Elliott. 1999: Petersburg with Chris Calkins; talks by Bill Miller, Will Greene, Noah Trudeau; Museum of the Confederacy with John Coski; Hollywood Cemetery 2000: Vicksburg with Ed Bearss; side-trip to Port Hudson; Terry Winschel 2001: Gettysburg, with Jeffry Wert and Wayne Wachsmuth 2002: Shiloh with Stacy Allen; speakers included Wiley Sword and Larry Daniel 2003: Fredericksburg with Bob Krick; side-trip to Chancellorsville; side-trip to Guinea Station with Frank O'Reilly 2004: Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, & Prairie Grove with Bill Piston and Bill Shea 2005: 1st & 2nd Manassas with Scott Patchan; speakers included Bill Miller & Gary Ecelbarger; side-trip to Loudoun County sites with Steve Meserve 2006: Spring Hill, Franklin & Nashville, with Thomas Cartwright; side-trip to Stones River with Jim Ogden; side-trip to grave site of Sam Watkins with David Fraley 2007: Appomattox with Ed Bearss, Ron Wilson, and Patrick Schroeder; side-trip to Lynchburg 2008: The Campaign for Atlanta with Greg Biggs, Charlie Crawford, Steven Woodworth, Steve Davis, Russell Bonds, Gordon Jones, and J. D. Fowler 2009: the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign with Scott Patchen and Steve Meserve 2010: Civil War New Orleans, with Prof. Justin Nystrom, and Charlie Nunez 2011: The Seven Days, with Bobby Krick, and Chris Furgeson 2012: The Battle of Bentonville with Mark Bradley; Wilmington and Fort Fisher with Chris Fonvielle 2013: Fort Sumter and Secessionville, Charleston, with Pat Brennan and Richard Hatcher. 2014: Ball's Bluff and Monacacy, with James Morgan, and Benjamin F. Cooling 2015: Mobile Bay and Pensacola, with Richard McMurry 2016: The Battle of Gettysburg, with D. Scott Hartwig, Stuart Dempsey, Chris Army, and Chuck Burkell