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The Atlanta Campaign
Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25, 2018

Thursday-Sunday, May 17-20, 2018

THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN
Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25, 2018 and May 17-20, 2018

Enrollment fee is $550 (Does not include lodging)

Battlefield Guide
Jim Ogden, the Historian of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is scheduled to lead this tour. Legendary battlefield guide, Edwin C. Bearss, is planning to accompany the tour as our special guest.

Following the capture of Chattanooga in November 1863, General U.S. Grant assigned General William T. Sherman the mission of capturing Atlanta. Grant and Sherman believed that if Union troops were to carry the war to the Southern home front and blaze a wide path of destruction, they would disrupt central Georgia's industrial complex and effectively end the Confederacy's will and ability to fight.

A deadly eight-month dance of maneuvers and clashes, thrusts and counterthrusts, and sieges and battles, would carry Sherman through Atlanta, and eventually, deep into Georgia, concluding with the surrender of Savannah, Sherman's "Christmas gift" to President Lincoln. This tour examines the march from Chattanooga to the siege and capture of Atlanta.

ITINERARY


Thursday – March 22 or May 17
7:00 pm Orientation meeting and lecture by historian, Jim Ogden.

Friday – March 23 or May 18
From May 7 to June 19, 1864, Union troops pushed their way from Dalton, GA to Kennesaw Mountain in a series of flanking maneuvers and minor battles with General Joseph Johnston's Army of the Tennessee.  Interpretive stops will include the Battles of Rocky Face Ridge (May 7-13), Dug Gap (May 8), Resaca (May 13-15), and Adairsville (May 17).

 

Saturday – March 24 or May 19
Today we will see where the armies met at New Hope Church on May 25 and again at Pickett's Mill on May 27, forcing Johnston to fall back to Kennesaw Mountain.  On June 27, Sherman attempted a two-pronged frontal assault on Kennesaw Mountain. Though both Union assaults were bloody failures, Johnston ordered his troops to retreat to the Chattahoochee River.

Sunday – March 25 or May 20
When the Union successfully crossed the Chattahoochee, Johnston felt he had no choice but to fall back. On July 10, Johnston destroyed all bridges over the Chattahoochee and withdrew to Atlanta. One week later, Jefferson Davis relieved Johnston of command and placed General John Bell Hood in charge.  Stops will include the Battle of Peachtree Creek (July 20), the Battle of Atlanta (July 22) and the Battle of Ezra Church (July 28). Sherman's army laid siege to Atlanta successfully severing Hood's supply lines. Five weeks later, Confederate General John Bell Hood evacuated Atlanta, and the city surrendered on September 2. Sherman telegram to Lincoln read, "Atlanta is ours, and fairly won." Our tour ends at approx. 5:00 pm.

Tour Base Hotel For the March 22 Group (*May 17 Group Hotel info TBA)
We have reserved a block of 35 rooms for 3 nights
(March 22, 23 & 24) at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Smyrna, GA. The group rate is: $108+ tax, per room per night. This group rate will apply until March 8, 2018, at which time any rooms in our reserved group block not sold will be released. Subsequent bookings will be based on availability and higher room rates may apply.

          Hyatt Place Atlanta/Cobb Galleria     Tel: (1-888-492-8847)

          2876 Spring Hill Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30080

          Group rate: $108+ per night

          Breakfast is included in the rate

          Reservation Code: Civil War Tours     


What is Included in Tour Cost:
Expert Battlefield Historian Jim Ogden & a Tour Manager
• 3 lunches
• Motorcoach Transportation While on Tour (including driver's tip)
• Map Book
• Bottled Water and Soda on Bus

What is not Included in Tour Cost:
• Lodging
• Dinners
• Transportation to Marietta Hotel

*Ed Bearss' expenses are not included in the price of the tour as he is accompanying the trip as our special guest.

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