It’s time to start thinking about next March’s tours. This coming Spring, on Friday’s bus tour, we are going to spend the day on McLemore’s Cove and Davis’ Crossroads. This affair has to be one of the more discussed “lost opportunities” in civil war writing, and shows off the dysfunctional Army of Tennessee at its finest(?) We will do a fair amount of driving in the Cove, to get a sense of the terrain and the potential trap facing the Federals.
On Saturday morning, we will focus on the extremely confused fighting around the Viniard Farm. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know I have spent a lot of time thinking (and re-thinking) through the sequence of events here. It’s one of the most confused parts of a very confused battle. leadership above the brigade level for either side is essentially non-existant. The Rebel commanders all go elsewhere, and while at least three divisional and one corps commander are present on the Union side, Federal actions are anything but co-ordinated.
My intent on Viniard is to take us through the fight step by step, focusing primarily on the Federal side, in order to try and present as clear a narrative as possible. There are some really dramatic stories that emerge from this sector of the field, and I hope to be able to share a number of them with everyone.
I am still trying to decide if Viniard will take all of Saturday, or if we will do something else on Saturday afternoon. Several of the Yankee batteries involved at Viniard’s also have a dramatic story to tell on September 20th, and I am thinking that we could finish them off in the PM.
On the other hand, I am still open to Saturday afternoon suggestions, so drop me a line if you have a burning desire to focus on something else.
pending confirmation with the Park, right now the dates for the Study Group are Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, 2011. Cost will be about the same, and we will reserve a bus for Friday. Saturday, of course, is all about the foot-slogging.
See you there. I will publish a formal announcement soon.