2013 CCNMP Study Group announcement

Time to make the preliminary announcement concerning our 2013 Study Group plans… Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested

CCNMP Study Group 2013 Seminar in the Woods.

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National
Military Park 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 and
Chattanooga National Military Park. The intent is to use the indispensable
resource of the battlefields themselves as an outdoor classroom to promote
learning and study of the Campaign for Chattanooga, and to build interest
for an annual gathering that will in time examine all aspects of the
Campaign. 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

This year we are also very pleased and honored to announce that Dr. William Glenn Robertson will be joining us as a co-host. Glenn’s expertise on these battlefields is unmatched by anyone in the civil war community, and we are delighted to have him along.

Date: Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, 2013.

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. Re-opening the Tennessee River- Part I.

By Bus, we will examine the lifting of the Siege of Chattanooga in October 1863. This will be our first ‘post-Chickamauga’ tour, as we begin to explore the complexities of the precarious military situation for both the Union Army of the Cumberland and the Confederate Army of Tennessee. In the morning we will focus on Moccasin Bend and Brown’s Ferry.

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

Lunch Break:

We will not be returning to the Visitor’s Center for lunch, as this would take at least an hour out of the touring day. Instead, we will stop in downtown Chattanooga, near Market and Broad. From there we have a range of lunch choices and, for those who bring their own, plenty of places to picnic along the waterfront.

This means that whatever you need for the day, be prepared to bring it with. We will not have access to the cars at Lunch.

Friday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Re-opening the Tennessee River- Part II.

By Bus, we will explore the engagements of Wauhatchie and Lookout Mountain. Wauhatchie was a highly confusing – and quite rare – night action involving easterners in both Blue and Gray. Elements of Longstreet’s First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, engage newly arrived elements of the Union 11th and 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac.

We will return to the Visitor’s Center at the end of the day, approximately a 30 minute trip.

Saturday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Jay’s Mill and the opening guns, Sept. 19th.

On foot: We will revisit a topic we have not covered in several years, the opening action around Jay’s Mill. The focus will be between Brannan’s Division and the Rebels under Forrest and W.H.T. Walker. What were the intentions of Thomas and Forrest as they met and accepted the challenge of combat?

Park along Jay’s Mill Road.

Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hindman Attacks, September 20th

On Foot. By following Hindman’s three brigades from the point where they cross the La Fayette Road as part of Longstreet’s attack to where they overrun Sheridan’s Division in and around Lytle Hill, we will gain a better appreciation of the very southern end of Longstreet’s assault. We will encounter Union commander Jefferson C. Davis’s battered division, and then track up with Patton Anderson’s Mississippians as they deal the final blow to the center of Sheridan’s line, routing the Union XX Corps. While we have dealt with some parts of these actions before, tracking with Hindman across the entire advance is a new angle on some old explorations.

Parking (tentative) in the gravel lot at Recreational Field.

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, to fit most 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 one-volume study of the battle.

Powell, David with Cartography by Dave Friedrichs, The Maps Of Chickamauga. Savas-Beatie, 2009.

Powell, David. Failure In The Saddle: Nathan Bedford Forrest, Joe Wheeler, and the Confederate Cavalry in the Chickamauga Campaign. Savas-Beatie, 2010.

In addition to the titles above, Dr. Robertson’s five part series in Blue & Gray Magazine is outstanding on both the campaign and battle of Chickamauga.

Robertson, Dr. William Glenn
“The Chickamauga Campaign: Part I—The Fall of Chattanooga,” Blue &
Gray Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 4, November-December, 2006. {part one of
the five part Chickamauga series; Part I covers campaign activities
August 16 to September 9, 1863}

Robertson, Dr. William Glenn
“The Chickamauga Campaign: Part II—Bragg’s Lost Opportunity,” Blue &
Gray Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 6, Spring, 2007. {part two of the five
part Chickamauga series; Part II covers what turned out to be Bragg’s
abortive strike in McLemore’s Cove on September 10-11, 1863}

Robertson, Dr. William Glenn
“The Chickamauga Campaign: Part III—The Armies Collide!,” Blue & Gray
Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 3, Fall, 2007. {part three of the five part
Chickamauga series; Part III covers the actions of September 12-18,

Robertson, Dr. William Glenn
“The Chickamauga Campaign: Part IV—Chickamauga, Day 1,” Blue & Gray
Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 6, Spring, 2008. {part four of the five part
Chickamauga series; Part IV covers the actions of September 19, 1863}

Robertson, Dr. William Glenn
“The Chickamauga Campaign: Part V—Chickamauga, Day 2,” Blue & Gray
Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 2, Summer, 2008. {part five of the five part
Chickamauga series; Part V covers the actions of September 20, 1863}

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

Chattanooga-specific studies are:

Cozzens, Peter The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga Urbana
and Chicago, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1994.

Sword, Wiley Mountains Touched With Fire: Chattanooga Besieged, 1863. New York:
St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

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, 2013

After November 5th, 2012, send to:




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, 2013. 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.


7 Responses to “2013 CCNMP Study Group announcement”

  1. Crawford Says:

    I got the info concerning Chickamauga and am very pleased that Dr. Glen will be there. I have not seen him for more than twenty years and he has, honestly, been one of three of my greatest inspirations in the small amount I do regarding the Civil War. What a gentleman and what a historical mind, perhaps matched by a very few but not bettered by any. It will be worth the trip just to speak with him again.

    I have the date for the bus — March 8, 2013 and the time 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. If any of this need be changed, please let me know soon as I plan to reserve the bus Monday – 11/5.

    Again, thanks to you and Jim for all you do. It has been a blast.

    Also, I sent this by email and it seems your address has changed. At least it came back saying it was. Could you send me your current address so we can keep in touch?


  2. Mart Powers Says:

    We just recently received this announcement in our area. Does anyone know if the bus is full or if there are still openings? I will check here for any information, or an e-mail to martpowers@tds.net would be great.
    Thanks for any help.

    • Dave Powell Says:


      The bus is not yet full, but it is filling up. We have about 30 signed up, and the bus can fit 40 or so.

      Dave Powell

  3. Tom Townsend Says:

    Is this still happening? Too late to get 1-2 people in on it?

    • Dave Powell Says:


      Sorry for the late reply, I was out of town. Yes, the study group is still happening, and there is room for two more.


  4. Mart Powers Says:


    Thanks very much for responding. I have sent you an e-mail.


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