Archive for January, 2022

Revised Seminar in the Woods, Chickamauga, 2022

January 10, 2022


In order to accommodate ongoing safety concerns, as well as NPS regulations concerning bus tours, we are going to change the Friday tours. We are replacing the bus tour into McLemore’s Cove with two car-caravan walking tours.

If you paid a bus fee, and wish for a refund, send me an email at Otherwise, I will donate all excess funds to either the park Monument fund or American Battlefield Trust, as I have done in the past.

As noted below, Last year, we donated $500 to ABT, and $750 to the Jewell Monument Fund. In 2022, we should be able to do the same or a bit better.

Seminar in the Woods: Chickamauga, March 11-12, 2022

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 11, and Saturday, March 12, 2022; By bus and car caravan.

Friday’s and Saturday’s tours will begin and end at the CCNMP Visitor’s Center.

Car Caravan – Friday Morning, 8:30 to Noon: Buckner crosses the Creek, Sept 18 and 19, 1863.

Buckner’s Corps, which was supposed to join the general crossing of West Chickamauga Creek on September 18, did not do so that Friday. Instead, while elements secured the intended fords, Buckner’s two divisions did not establish themselves on the west side of Chickamauga Creek until Saturday, September 19. We will explore these little-visited crossing sites and examine the reasons for the delays.

Car Caravan – Friday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Trigg’s Brigade in Viniard Field and the charge of the 6th Florida Infantry

Despite the proximity of Buckner’s Corps to the fighting in Viniard Field, Col. Robert Trigg’s Florida Brigade is the only element of that corps which became involved in the fighting there, and even that combat was disjointed. We will follow Trigg’s movements, especially that of the 6th Florida, which charged all alone across Viniard Field on the afternoon of September 19.

Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Q&A Panel with Jim Ogden, Dave Powell.

 Site: Gilbert-Stephenson Park Pavilion, Fort Oglethorpe, GA

 Reprise of the Annual free-form Question and Answer session.

Car Caravan – Saturday Morning, 8:30 to Noon: Sheridan comes to grief, the fight for Lytle Hill.

Between 12 and 1 PM on September 20, after an unsettled morning’s shifting of position multiple times, Philip Sheridan’s division was dispatched to reinforce George Thomas’ line in the vicinity of Kelly Field. Sheridan’s men never reached their destination. Instead, they ran headlong into the southern flank of the Confederate breakthrough column—Thomas C. Hindman’s large infantry division. Laiboldt’s and Lytle’s brigades were engaged in and around what has come to be known as Lytle Hill, where Brig. Gen. William H. Lytle was killed in action.

Car Caravan – Saturday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Manigault’s brigade vs. Walworth and Wilder.

While Sheridan’s other two brigades grappled with the bulk of Hindman’s division, Col. Nathan Walworth’s brigade (Formerly Bradley’s, wounded on September 19) turned to face Confederate Brig. Gen. Arthur L. Manigault’s large command of Alabamians and South Carolinians. The resultant encounter, first with Walworth and then with the newly-arrived Lightning Brigade under John T. Wilder, delivered a rude check to Manigault’s command—and saved Sheridan’s division from further disaster.

Costs:  Bus Cancelled. If you need a refund, send email to

Friday and Saturday: no charge.

Fees raised in excess of costs (as well as any donations) will be used to support the causes of battlefield preservation, interpretation, and renovation.

 In 2021 the Study Group made the following donations:

$750 to the Jewell Monument fund, run by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, for maintenance and restoration needs.

$500 to the American Battlefield Trust, in support of land acquisition on Lookout Mountain and other western battlefields.

 Send to (and make checks payable to):

David Powell

1300 Mark Street

Bensenville IL 60106

This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after February 1st, 2022. 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.