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CCNMP Study Group 2008 Seminar in the Woods.




Mission Statement: The purpose of the CCNMP Study Group is to create a forum to bring students of the American Civil War together to study and explore those events in the fall of 1863 that led ultimately to the creation of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. The intent is to use the indispensable resource of the park itself as an outdoor classroom to promote learning and study of the battles for Chattanooga, and to build interest for an annual gathering that will in time examine all aspects of the Campaigns for Chattanooga. Additionally, we hope to bring students and serious scholars, both professional and amateur, to the field for to share insights and knowledge about the battles.



2008 Theme: Friday: Wilder’s Brigade; Saturday: Defending (and defining) Horseshoe Ridge.



Tour Leaders: Jim Ogden, Park Historian, and Dave Powell



Date: Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, 2008.



Note: For the first time, Friday’s tours will involve a tour bus. We will be charging a small fee for use of the bus. See below.



Friday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Wilder’s Brigade, September 11-17. 1863.

By Bus, we will trace the route of Wilder’s Brigade in the days leading up to the battle, including significant stops at Ringgold, Tunnel Hill, Leet’s Tanyard, and Lee and Gordon’s Mills.

Park at the Visitor‘s Center. The bus will depart and return there.



Friday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wilder’s Brigade, September 18-20, 1863.

By Bus, we will visit the various scenes of Wilder’s engagements on the field. Starting at Alexander’s Bridge, we will discuss screening operations, the retreat to Vinyard Field, the role of the Brigade there on September 19th, detached operations in Brotherton Field, and finish at Wilder Tower.

Park at the Visitor’s Center. The Bus will depart and return there.



Saturday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Benning and Robertson Vs. Brannan

On foot: The critical moment of the breakthrough came when Hood’s Division, commanded by Evander Law, re-oriented to face north after passing the flank of Brannan’s 3rd Division, Union XIV Corps. The ensuing struggle between the Rebel Brigades of Benning and Robertson, opposing parts of Brannan’s battered Federal command and other Union elements, shifted the focus of the Confederate advance from southwest to northeast, and ultimately brought the action to the foot of Horseshoe Ridge.

Park on Poe Road.





Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gracie’s Horseshoe Ridge, The battles of 1863 and 1896.

On Foot: Horseshoe Ridge provides a dramatic conclusion to the battle of Chickamauga. It also spawned more than its share of controversies, as regiments fought to get their monuments placed in the most prominent positions. We will discuss the actual fighting and positions of the units involved, as opposed to where the monuments are placed.

Park at the lot and along the road to Snodgrass Hill.







Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour participation. Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the individual’s responsibility.



Tour Departures: All tours will meet at the Chickamauga Visitor’s Center at the designated start time, and depart from the Visitor’s Center. We will board the bus or car caravan to the designated parking area, and from there, we will be on foot. We will be on foot for up to three hours, so dress and prepare accordingly. Tours will depart rain or shine. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan accordingly. All tours are designed to be self-contained, so participants who cannot attend the full schedule are still welcome to join us for any portion of the weekend.



Lodging and Meals: Everyone is responsible for their own lodging and meals. There are many hotels in the greater Chattanooga area, for any price range. The closest are in Fort Olgethorpe, Georgia, with the least expensive in Ringgold. Each tour is designed to leave at least 90 minutes for lunch, and there are several family and fast food restaurants within minutes of the battlefield. There are designated picnic areas near the Visitor’s Center, for those who wish to bring a lunch and eat on the field.



What to bring: Each tour will involve extensive walking. Proper clothing and especially footgear is essential. Dress in layers, wear sturdy, broken-in walking shoes or boots, and be prepared for some rain just in case, as spring can be quite wet in North Georgia. We will be walking on dirt and gravel trails, uncut fields, and through stretches of woods. The ground will be wet and muddy in places. Plan on bringing your own water and snacks.



Reading up on the subject: Many people like to prepare in advance for these kinds of events. I suggest the following works might be of help.





Baumgartner, Richard A. Blue Lightning: Wilder’s Mounted Infantry Brigade in the Battle of Chickamauga. Blue Acorn Press, reprinted in 2007. The perfect companion for

Friday’s tours.



Cozzens, Peter. This Terrible Sound. University of Illinois, 1992. The best modern study of the battle.



Gracie, Archibald. The Truth About Chickamauga. Morningside, Reprinted 1987. For the veteran Chickamauga student only. Gracie’s narrative is incoherent, disorganized, and mistaken in many places. However, his focus is central to Saturday Afternoon’s tour, and his work contains a wealth of primary source accounts that are not found anywhere else. We will be discussing many of the same topics Gracie examines.



Woodworth, Stephen E. Six Armies In Tennessee: The Chickamauga And Chattanooga Campaigns. Lincoln, Nebraska. University of Nebraska Press, 1998. An excellent overview campaign study.



-------------------, A Deep Steady Thunder: The Battle Of Chickamauga. Abilene, Texas. McWhiney Foundation Press, 1998. Concise but very useful account of the battle, designed as an introduction to the action. 100 pages, very readable.



Note: Friday’s Tours will be by Bus, as we move from site to site. While the tour itself is free, we do have to pay for the bus.

Pre-registration Fee: $35 Due by February 1st, 2008
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Jon,

I have several upcoming programs where I'm leading tours that I would like to announce here.

First is March 27-30. It's Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Civil War Seminar, organized by old pal Ted Alexander. The focus of the conference is Custer in the Civil War. I will be leading three tours with Ed Bearss during this one. First is Custer during the retreat from Gettysburg. Second is Custer in the Gettysburg Campaign, up to and including the fight at East Cavalry Field. Third is the Battle of Trevilian Station. Other participants include Jeff Wert and Greg Urwin. Information is available here: http://www.chambersburgcivilwarsemin...r_Seminar.html.

Second is a program where I'm pretty much the whole show. I'm leading a three day tour of Virginia cavalry battlefields for the Civil War Education Association, June 19-22. Day one is Kelly's Ford and Brandy Station. Day two is Trevilian Station. Day three (a half day) is the September 13, 1863 fight in the town of Culpeper and the Culpeper National Cemetery. Information on this program is available here: http://www.cwea.net/2008%20tours/Cavalry_WEB.htm.

Third is the annual Civil War seminar put on by the George Tyler Moore Civil War Center of Shepherd University. This year's program is Gettysburg: Retreat and Pursuit, from June 26-29. I will be leading a half day tour of the route of the wagon train of wounded and a full day tour of the fighting during the pursuit of Lee's army. Other presenters include Ted Alexander, Kent Masterson Brown, Tom Clemens, and Mark Snell, the Center's director. For more information on this program, go to: http://www.shepherd.edu/gtmcweb/seminars.html. This one should be a good one.

I have one other event in July, but the schedule is not yet complete. Once it is, I will post information about it, too.

I hope some of you can make one or more of these programs.

Thanks for providing this forum for doing so.

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Recently I've become involved in one of the few events that brings together many of the modern historical artists to one place. History Meets the Arts (the website will be up by the end of the week-www.hmtarts.com) will take place April 18-20 this year in Gettysburg, PA. There will be lots of Civil War related art and artists to check out, plus it's in Gettysburg! You can't lose. A list of participating galleries is here.
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2009 Chickamauga Seminar in the Woods

CCNMP Study Group 2009 Seminar in the Woods
Mission Statement: The purpose of the CCNMP Study Group is to create a forum to bring students of the American Civil War together to study and explore those events in the fall of 1863 that led ultimately to the creation of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. The intent is to use the indispensable resource of the park itself as an outdoor classroom to promote learning and study of the battles for Chattanooga, and to build interest for an annual gathering that will in time examine all aspects of the Campaigns for Chattanooga. Additionally, we hope to bring students and serious scholars, both professional and amateur, to the field to share insights and knowledge about the battles.

Tour Leaders: Jim Ogden, Park Historian, and Dave Powell

Date: Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 2009.

Note: Friday’s tours will involve a tour bus. We will be charging a small fee for use of the bus. See below.

Friday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Minty vs. Johnson, September 18th, 1863.
By Bus, we will examine the opening engagement of the battle, as Bushrod Johnson and Nathan Bedford Forrest collided with Minty’s Cavalry Brigade. Stops will include Ringgold, Peeler’s Mill site, Peavine Ridge, Reed’s Bridge, and conclude at Jay’s Mill. This land is in private hands, but we will have ample opportunities to dismount and walk some of the terrain in question.

Park at the Visitor‘s Center. The bus will depart and return from there.

Friday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rosecrans in Command, September 17th to 20th, 1863.
By Bus, we will trace Union Commander William Starke Rosecrans’ movements on the field between September 17th and 20th, discussing his command decisions and the information he had at the time. Stops will include Crawfish Springs, Wilder Tower/Widow Glenn’s, the Visitor’s Center, and the Dyer Orchard HQ site.

Park at the Visitor’s Center. The Bus will depart and return from there.

Saturday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Hindman vs. Sheridan, morning of September 20th.
On foot: We will examine the attack of Hindman’s Division on Sheridan’s Federals, after Davis’ division is overwhelmed. We will discuss the fighting in South Dyer Field, the storming of Lytle Hill, defeat of Lytle and Walworth’s Brigades, and end with Wilder’s repulse of Manigault’s Rebel Brigade.

Park in the gravel lot by Recreational Field.

Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hindman assails the end of the line: Horseshoe Ridge, September 20th
On Foot: Horseshoe Ridge provides a dramatic conclusion to the battle of Chickamauga. We will discuss the movements of Anderson’s, Manigault’s and Deas’ Brigades as they make their final attack on Horseshoe Ridge.

Park at Snodgrass Hill.

Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour participation. Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the individual’s responsibility.

Tour Departures: All tours will meet at the Chickamauga Visitor’s Center at the designated start time, and will depart from there after some brief overview discussion. We will board the bus or car caravan to the designated parking area, and from there, we will be on foot. We will be on foot for up to three hours, so dress and prepare accordingly. Tours will depart rain or shine. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan accordingly. All tours are designed to be self-contained, so participants who cannot attend the full schedule are still welcome to join us for any portion of the weekend.

Lodging and Meals: Everyone is responsible for their own lodging and meals. There are many hotels in the greater Chattanooga area, for any price range. The closest are in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, with the least expensive in Ringgold. Each tour is designed to leave at least 90 minutes for lunch, and there are several family and fast food restaurants within minutes of the battlefield. There are designated picnic areas near the Visitor’s Center, for those who wish to bring a lunch and eat on the field.

What to bring: Each tour will involve extensive walking. Proper clothing and especially footgear is essential. Dress in layers, wear sturdy, broken-in walking shoes or boots, and be prepared for some rain, as spring can be quite wet in North Georgia. We will be walking on dirt and gravel trails, uncut fields, and through stretches of woods. The ground will be wet and muddy in places. Bring your own water and snacks.

Reading up on the subject: Many people like to prepare in advance for these kinds of events. I suggest the following works might be of help.

Cozzens, Peter. This Terrible Sound. University of Illinois, 1992. The best modern study of the battle.

Gracie, Archibald. The Truth About Chickamauga. Morningside, Reprinted 1987. For the veteran Chickamauga student only. Gracie’s narrative is incoherent, disorganized, and mistaken in many places. However, his focus is central to Saturday Afternoon’s tour, and his work contains a wealth of primary source accounts that are not found anywhere else. We will be discussing many of the same topics Gracie examines.

Woodworth, Stephen E. Six Armies In Tennessee: The Chickamauga And Chattanooga Campaigns. Lincoln, Nebraska. University of Nebraska Press, 1998; an excellent overview campaign study.

Woodworth, Stephen E. A Deep Steady Thunder: The Battle Of Chickamauga. Abilene, Texas. McWhiney Foundation Press, 1998. Concise but very useful account of the battle, designed as an introduction to the action. 100 pages, very readable.

Note: Friday’s Tours will be by Bus, as we move from site to site. While the tour itself is free, we do have to pay for the bus.

Pre-registration Fee: $35 Due by February 1st, 2009.

After November 5th, 2008, send to:
FRANK CRAWFORD
34664 ORANGE DRIVE
PINELLAS PARK, FLORIDA 33781

Make checks payable to: Frank Crawford.

Frank will hold your payments. If you pay by check, note that Frank will not cash those checks until we have sufficient entries, so that if we have to refund, Frank will simply send your checks back to you.

Please also note that this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after February 1st, 2009. Once we are committed to the bus, we will be charged the booking fee.

On-site Sign up Fee: $40

We MUST have 20 attendees registered and Paid by Feb 1st, or we cannot reserve the bus. Once we confirm the minimum, you will be able to join the tour the day we depart, for late add-ons. If we do not meet the minimum, we will car-caravan for Friday’s tours.
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In case you didn't know . . . The American Civil War Center will host LINCOLN AND THE SOUTH

March 12-14, 2009 at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center
The Center's second major conference Lincoln and the South will be held at the University of Richmond.

Probably no president has ever been as vilified as Abraham Lincoln was in the South during the Civil War. Outstanding scholars on the subject will convene to discuss this bitter relationship. This enlightening event is offered in partnership with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond during the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. Click here to learn more about the conference, scheduled speakers, special events and to see Civil War era political prints satirizing Lincoln's relationship with the South.
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Hellboy, I wish I could attend the Chickamauga tour this year. They are fun, especially as I have so many friends from my CWRT attending. My guess is that, besides Dave and Frank, Charlie Banks (with wife, Mary Ann), Jerry Allen (whose 78th IL ancestor was wounded on Horseshoe Ridge) and Corey Lange and his wife, Kathleen (they'll be the ones with the camera and tripod, etc.). Tell Frank Crawford that I said 'hello' and I'll see him when he comes back up North. Thanks.
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Hellboy, I wish I could attend the Chickamauga tour this year. They are fun, especially as I have so many friends from my CWRT attending. My guess is that, besides Dave and Frank, Charlie Banks (with wife, Mary Ann), Jerry Allen (whose 78th IL ancestor was wounded on Horseshoe Ridge) and Corey Lange and his wife, Kathleen (they'll be the ones with the camera and tripod, etc.). Tell Frank Crawford that I said 'hello' and I'll see him when he comes back up North. Thanks.
I've already asked off for that Friday & fully intend on showing up, depending on the weather. I'll be sure to tell everyone just that!
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Thanks. Above all, have fun!
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Hellboy, have you taken today's tour? If so, how'd it go?

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I regret to say I was not able to attend. The weather was terrible, it was very cold, & I was feeling under the weather all weekend. I was extremely upset over not being able to go.
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I regret to say I was not able to attend. The weather was terrible, it was very cold, & I was feeling under the weather all weekend. I was extremely upset over not being able to go.
Completely understandable. I remember that the weather was horrible back in 2007 on the first day. It was a rain/snow mix that made the trails slick and muddy.

Oh, well, there is always next year.
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THE BANDY HERITAGE CENTER
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“The American Civil War: A War for Liberty”

Presented by
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B.J. & Dicksie Bandy Chair of History
Director, The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia
Dalton State College

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
Place: Goodroe Auditorium
Gignilliat Memorial Hall
Dalton State College

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The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia
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Phone: 706-272-4452
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It's that time of year again:
http://www.chattanoogacwrt.org/studygroup2010.htm

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CCNMP Study Group 2010 Seminar in the Woods
Mission Statement: The purpose of the CCNMP Study Group is to create a forum to bring students of the American Civil War together to study and explore those events in the fall of 1863 that led ultimately to the creation of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. The intent is to use the indispensable resource of the park itself as an outdoor classroom to promote learning and study of the battles for Chattanooga, and to build interest for an annual gathering that will in time examine all aspects of the Campaigns for Chattanooga. Additionally, we hope to bring students and serious scholars, both professional and amateur, to the field for to share insights and knowledge about the battles.

Tour Leaders: Jim Ogden, Park Historian, and Dave Powell

Date: Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, 2010

Note: Friday’s tours will involve a tour bus. We will be charging a small fee for use of the bus. See below.

Friday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Bragg in Command, part I By Bus, we will trace Confederate Commander Braxton Bragg’s movements to the field between September 9th and 19th, discussing his command decisions and the information he had at the time. Stops will include Lee and Gordon’s Mills, Rock Springs, Lafayette, Leet’s Tanyard.

Start and end at the Visitor’s Center parking lot.

Friday Afternoon: 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Bragg in command, part II

By Bus and foot. We begin with a hike down to Thedford Ford, discuss Bragg reaching the field on the 19th and subsequent decisions that day, then hike back. From there we will discuss the morning confusion with Polk, the decision to order everyone into action, and later meetings. We will visit Brotherton Field and the 20th HQ site near Winfrey Field.

Start and end at the Visitor’s Center parking lot

Saturday Morning: 8:30 to Noon. Cleburne Attacks

On foot. While Breckinridge’s Division overwhelmed John Beatty’s Brigade and nearly broke through into Thomas’ Rear, the southern end of Kelly Field was assailed by DH Hill’s other Division, under Pat Cleburne. Cleburne’s men had a difficult fight that morning, and it was not the command’s best performance. We will examine Polk’s attack, Wood’s delay and wandering, and finally, Deshler’s desperate action at noon. We will visit Polk’s tablet on Alexander Bridge Road, move overland to Wood’s approximate departure point, track his brigade’s attack with Stewart into Poe field (visit Alabama Monument) and work our way up the ridge to Deshler’s mortuary monument.

Car caravan from Visitor’s Center

Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Final defense of Battle line Road

On foot, we will examine the defense of Battle line road, and the final retreat from that position on September 20th. We will focus primarily on Baird’s Division and the difficulties they experienced as they tried to disengage, on how well the overall retreat was managed, and on the nature of the final Confederate attack in this sector.

Car caravan from Visitor’s Center

Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour participation. Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the individual’s responsibility.

Tour Departures: All tours will meet at the Chickamauga Visitor’s Center at the designated start time, and will depart from there after some brief overview discussion. We will board the bus or car caravan to the designated parking area, and from there, we will be on foot. We will be on foot for up to three hours, so dress and prepare accordingly. Tours will depart rain or shine. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan accordingly. All tours are designed to be self-contained, so participants who cannot attend the full schedule are still welcome to join us for any portion of the weekend.

Lodging and Meals: Everyone is responsible for their own lodging and meals. There are many hotels in the greater Chattanooga area, for any price range. The closest are in Fort Olgethorpe, Georgia, with the least expensive in Ringgold. Each tour is designed to leave at least 90 minutes for lunch, and there are several family and fast food restaurants within minutes of the battlefield. There are designated picnic areas near the Visitor’s Center, for those who wish to bring a lunch and eat on the field.

What to bring: Each tour will involve extensive walking. Proper clothing and especially footgear is essential. Dress in layers, wear sturdy, broken-in walking shoes or boots, and be prepared for some rain, as spring can be quite wet in North Georgia. We will be walking on dirt and gravel trails, uncut fields, and through stretches of woods. The ground will be wet and muddy in places. Bring your own water and snacks.

Reading up on the subject: Many people like to prepare in advance for these kinds of events. I suggest the following works might be of help.

Cozzens, Peter. This Terrible Sound. University of Illinois, 1992. The best modern study of the battle.

Gracie, Archibald. The Truth About Chickamauga. Morningside, Reprinted 1987. For the veteran Chickamauga student only.

Woodworth, Stephen E. Six Armies In Tennessee: The Chickamauga And Chattanooga Campaigns. Lincoln, Nebraska. University of Nebraska Press, 1998. An excellent overview campaign study.

Woodworth, Stephen E. A Deep Steady Thunder: The Battle Of Chickamauga. Abilene, Texas. McWhiney Foundation Press, 1998. Concise but very useful account of the battle, designed as an introduction to the action. 100 pages, very readable.

And I am happy to announce that:

Powell, David with Cartography by Dave Friedrichs, The Maps Of Chickamauga. Savas-Beatie, 2009 is now available as well.
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