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Yankee Blitzkrieg, Wilson’s 1865 Alabama Raid

A Weekend Warrior Program

With Norm Dasinger Jr. from Birmingham, AL

Sep 8-10, 2017

Wilson's Raid


Friday, Sept 8th

Meet at our headquarters hotel at 7 PM where we will meet our tour leader, Norm Dasinger. He will make an opening presentation entitled:  Wilson’s Raid – 13,000 Cavalry Smash into Alabama, Defeat Forrest and Capture Jefferson Davis. It will be an overview of the planning, organization and successful execution of the American army’s greatest mounted invasion.

Saturday, Sept 9th

Starting at 8:30 AM, we will  pick up Wilson’s route in modern day Birmingham–a much larger metropolis than in 1865.  The general and his staff were headquartered at the Arlington Mansion – which still stands today.  We will then follow the Yankee cavalry leader south toward Selma, stopping at the site of the battle of Ebenezer Church where Wilson defeated Forrest and where Forrest has his last personal kill of the war.  We will tour Selma.  A once historically proud antebellum town that has slowly lost most of its luster due to neglect.  We will visit a portion of the trenches that saw action at the battle of Selma.  We will see homes associated with Abraham Lincoln, the Monitor vs Merrimac (Virginia) and  General William J Hardee.  We will also visit Live Oak Cemetery, one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the South.  Finally we will explore the site of the Selma Arsenal and Navy shipyard-the largest such facility in the South, outside of Richmond, VA.  We will return to the hotel by 6 PM.

Sunday, Sept 10th

Lets start at 8 AM as we drive to Montgomery. Our discussions will begin there.  We will see where the CSA was formed, where Davis was sworn in as President, the location of the first governmental buildings and the first White House of the Confederacy.  We will pass by Fire Eater, William L Yancey’s home and see the graves of Varina Howell Davis’s father, William C Oates (of the 15th Alabama and Little Round Top fame) and of course the timeless Hank Williams, Sr.  As a special treat we will trace the route of Jefferson Davis into Montgomery upon his selection as President and see some other sites associated with Civil War Montgomery.    Finally we will follow Wilson out of town as he rides toward Columbus, Georgia and a rendezvous that will lead to the capture of Jefferson Davis. We will finish and return to the hotel by 4 PM.


About our Instructor: Norm Dasinger is a Land Title executive in Alabama whose lifetime passion for the Civil War has made him an expert on the war in Georgia and Alabama. Leading tours on his free time, Norm has an insightful understanding of the nuances of seemingly simple events and he helps clients develop a comprehensive understanding of the subject. This is a man who you will instantly like and will find yourself probing during the breaks–he is a real teacher of history!

Key Publications and Recommended Reading

You will be provided with a reading book and maps upon arrival.
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The hotel for this program will be announced on this site. I am looking at properties in Birmingham, AL.. The hotel and meals except for lunch are not included in the registration fee.


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