Chickamauga Study Group 2020 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 & Chattanooga National Military Park, as well as explore other nearby Civil War-related sites.

Tour Leaders: Jim Ogden and Dave Powell

Date: Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, 2020; By bus and car caravan.

All tours begin and end at the Visitor’s Center.

By Bus:
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00: Out of the Cove, and the Dry Valley Road
We will track the Union movements out of McLemore’s Cove, from Pond Spring and Gower’s Ford to Crawfish Spring, Rosecrans’ HQ at the Gordon-Lee Mansion, and then follow the Union retreat up the Dry Valley Road on September 20, 1863.
We will be taking a lunch break from about 11:30 to 1 PM. Lunch is on your own, it will not be provided.
We will also be walking more than usual on a Friday tour, as we explore the Dry Valley Road retreat route.

Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Q&A Panel with Jim Ogden, Dave Powell, and others (as announced)

Site: Constitution Hall, 201 Forrest Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Reprise of the Annual free-form Question and Answer session.

Car Caravan – Saturday Morning, 8:30 to Noon: Bushrod Johnson’s advance, Afternoon of September 19.
At 2 pm on September 19, Bushrod Johnson’s division was attacked by the Federals of Hans Heg’s Brigade in the woods north of Viniard Field. In response, Bushrod Johnson counter-attacked, under orders from John Bell Hood. But Johnson’s front fractured, with Fulton’s and a portion of Gregg’s brigades veering northwest, ultimately striking into the south end of Brotherton Field, where at 4 pm they helped unravel the Union line there.

Car Caravan – Saturday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Negley and Sirwell occupy Snodgrass Hill, morning til noon, September 20
Early on the morning of September 20, Union General James S. Negley received orders to pull out of line and move north to rejoin the rest of George Thomas’s XIV Corps in and around the Kelly Field Line. What did Thomas intend? What did Negley understand he was to do? Negley’s division became fragmented by those orders, and eventually, to his everlasting mortification, James Negley retired from the field at a crucial moment.

Friday’s Tours will be by Bus. Pre-registration and Fee required: $45, due by February 1 2019.

Sign-up after February 1 or on-site Fee (based on space available): $50

Saturday: no charge.

Fees raised in excess of our costs (as well as any donations) will be used to support the causes of battlefield preservation, interpretation, and renovation.
In 2019 the Study Group donated $500 to the Jewell Monument fund, run by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, for maintenance and restoration needs.

Send to (and make checks payable to):
David Powell
1300 Mark Street
Bensenville IL 60106

This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after February 1st, 2020. Once we are committed to the bus, we will be charged the booking fee, no matter what.

Please note that everyone is responsible for their own lodging, meals, snacks and incidentals.
Thank you, see you in March.

5 Responses to “Chickamauga Study Group 2020 Seminar in the Woods”

  1. Philip Baker Says:

    Dave, I sent a check for the 2020 Seminar a few months ago. I do not see it cashed yet. Can you tell me if I am a “Go” for the 2020 Seminar? I am planning to make a full week of it by visiting some Atlanta Campaign sites before your weekend seminar and want to start making reservations. Thank you!

  2. Dave Powell Says:

    Phil, I did receive your check, and cashed it. I don’t know why the bank might not show it yet, but you DO have a seat on the bus for Friday.

  3. Scott Mingus Says:

    Dave, would it be OK to sell books on the side to folks if I donate a portion of the profits for preservation? Just curious.

  4. Clark Acton Says:

    Dave: are we back to parking at the visitor’s center, or up the road like last year?

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