Archive for September, 2020

March 2021 Seminar in the Woods

September 19, 2020

It’s that time of year again:

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.

COVID NOTICE: As of right now, we are planning on a normal weekend, with one day on the bus and one on foot in the park.

If the state of Covid in the country still requires some degree of distancing, we will eliminate the bus tour on Friday and substitute two other battle walks for Friday morning and afternoon.

If for some reason Covid has become so widespread to require complete cancellation, we will do so, but as of right now, we are planning to go forward.

All decisions regarding the tour bus and any need to cancel will be made by January 31st, before we must lock in the bus reservation.

Thank you for your understanding.

Tour Leaders: Jim Ogden and Dave Powell
Date: Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, 2021; 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: Cavalry Actions in McLemore’s Cove
We will explore the southern end of McLemore’s Cove, including Dougherty’s Gap, and Blue Bird Gap in Pigeon Mountain. In the afternoon, we will examine the fighting around Glass Mill and Lee & Gordon’s Mills.
We will be taking a lunch break from about 11:30 to 1 PM.

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.

The reprise of the Annual free-form Question and Answer session.

Car Caravan – Saturday Morning, 8:30 to Noon: A. P. Stewart and Bate’s Breakthrough, 4 PM September 19.

On the afternoon of September 19, Confederate General A. P. Stewart’s three brigades were committed to action in the woods east of Brotherton Field. After several hours of see-saw action, Stewart’s brigades achieved two significant ruptures of the Union lines; Clayton’s Alabama Brigade pushed through Brotherton Field to emerge at the east edge of South Dyer Field, while Bate’s mixed Georgia-Tennessee Brigade drove northwest, into Poe Field. Exhaustion, a lack of support, and a vigorous Union response triggered the eventual retreat of Stewart’s forces. In the morning’s walk, we will consider the Confederate side of this fight, largely tracking Bate’s brigade.

Car Caravan – Saturday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: The Federals seal the breach – Brotherton Field, 5 pm September 19.

The Federal response to Stewart’s breakthrough was rapid and effective. A number of different brigades were ultimately involved in this response, including that of William B. Hazen, only recently disengaged from the fighting in Brock Field. We will track that response, following Hazen’s command from Poe Field to Brotherton Field.

Friday’s Tours will be by Bus. Pre-registration and Fee required: $45, due by February 1 2021.
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 2020 the Study Group donated $500 to the Jewell Monument fund, run by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, for maintenance and restoration needs, and $500 to the American Battlefield Trust, in response to an appeal to help save several western battlefields, including a piece of Missionary Ridge.

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.