War Comes To Georgia: The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign: Ringgold Through Kennesaw - March 27th-30th, 2014
It is tour time again and this one will feature four days of the Atlanta Campaign, the pivotal action that secured the re-election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1864. We will depart Franklin, TN on Thursday, march 27th and return there on Sunday afternoon, March 30th. Travel where nearly 200,000 men fought for 4 1/2 months at famous places like Resaca, Dalton, Pickett's Mill, New Hope Church and Kennesaw Mountain. Also included are various sites of the famous Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.
What did you get for the tour fee?
Four days of tours with Greg Biggs and Thomas Cartwright. Greg, president of the Clarksville TN Civil War Roundtable, grew up in Georgia and has led Atlanta tours since 1993. He also leads tours of the Fort Donelson Campaign, the Tullahoma Campaign and Where the River Campaigns Began: Cairo to Columbus/Belmont. Thomas is a well known tour guide and historian who is the expert on the Middle Tennessee Campaign of 1864 but also has experience in leading tours of Stones River, Shiloh, Parker's Crossroads and other Civil War sites. He has also appeared on Civil War television programs and various documentaries.
Three nights of hotels - Hampton Inn (Ringgold, GA, one night and Marietta, GA, two nights). These have free breakfasts each day.
Cavalier Tours escort services who will handle almost everything you need for the tour including your luggage. The tour will be on a bus company coach who works with Cavalier on a regular basis
Admission fees to the Tunnel Hill Civil War and Railroad Museum; the Southern Museum for Civil War and Locomotive History and the Pickett's Mill State Battlefield Park (which is one of the most pristine battlefields in America).
A complete set of tour maps for each battlefield.
There will also be a Wednesday night program (March 26th) in Franklin with a lecture on the Atlanta Campaign to orient you on what we will be touring.
As stated we will base out of Franklin, TN. We are working on a secure place to park your vehicles while we are away. We are also working on a hotel for that Wednesday night (March 26th) and a discounted rate for tour participants (not included in the tour price). This information is shortly forthcoming and you will be informed accordingly.
This tour will cover Gen. Sherman's logistics and all battlefields from Ringgold Gap through Kennesaw Mountain with multiple stops at each in addition to the museums. Within this are the new portions of the Battle of Resaca with Fort Wayne (former CS fort used by the Union later) and the western part of the battle lines which should be open by the end of March. We are also planning on guest speakers for Thursday night and Friday night, known historians of the Atlanta Campaign, to share with you their expertise and the books they have written.
The Lotz House Museum of Franklin, TN is our new sponsor and proceeds will go to them so they can continue telling the story of the Lotz family and the Battle of Franklin in November 1864. They will handle all payments for the tour, and a portion of your fee is tax deductible as they are a non-profit 501(c)3 agency.