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The Atlanta Campaign Part 3 Itinerary

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

6:00 PM. Check in at headquarters hotel for meet, greet and to pick up your reading books. Our program begins Wednesday evening with an overview of the Northern Georgia Campaign that had been detailed in parts one and two of our four-year series. This will serve as a refresher for those who had been with us on this campaign the past two years and will be particularly helpful to those who missed one of the two previous tours or are joining the series “midstream” for their first experience in the Campaign for Atlanta. In addition to the recap, our facilitators will bridge the gap where we left off in 2017 from the conclusion of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain to the Chattahoochee River defenses and approaches. Dinner is on your own.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

8:30 AM. We hit the ground running on Thursday morning, braving through metro Atlanta traffic to reach key positions along each side of the Chattahoochee River. We will visit the unique defensive mini-forts called “Shoupades” and appreciate the pluses and minuses regarding their number and position. We will explore Sherman’s maneuvers to get his army group across the great moat surrounding the Gate City. We will end the day at the site where General Joseph Eggleston Johnston is relieved of command by order of President Jefferson Davis with a discussion and lively debate about the justification surrounding his dismissal, where Johnston succeeded and failed, and the controversy surrounding his replacement – General John Bell Hood. Lunch is included but dinner is on your own.

Friday, March 23, 2018

8:30 AM. We cross the Chattahoochee again from Marietta and dedicate the entire morning and early afternoon to Hood’s first response, which precipitated the battle of Peach Tree Creek, fought on July 20, 1864, between two of General Hood’s corps against Major General George Thomas’s Army of the Cumberland. Nearly every imaginable facet of this battle will be covered with on-site visits to grounds that vary from fully retained by Atlanta’s wonderful park system as well as those lost to development of the city’s upper-class neighborhoods. Bob Jenkins’ modern, sound scholarship has shown this was a closer contest, in regard to casualties than ever perceived before. Bob will offer you a non-conventional alternative interpretation with a few new twists that will test your thinking–maybe even changing it, maybe not.

We will end our tour day by visiting the Atlanta History Center for a look at its excellent Civil War presentation. Lunch is provided, dinner is on your own.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

8:15 AM. Saturday morning traffic lightens, which allows us to penetrate deeper into the city of Atlanta. We will head to the city’s eastern environs to pick up the underappreciated fighting of July 21 that inflicted 1,000 casualties upon its participants. Then we will follow Lieutenant General William J. Hardee’s overnight flank march to gain the unsuspecting left flank of Major General James B. McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee. Then we will cover the action of the great Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, covering what is both inside and outside the viewshed of the Cyclorama, including the exact spot where General McPherson fell. General Hood changed his headquarters five times this day; we will end the day at his headquarters site in Oakland Cemetery to assess the outcome of this contest and its impact on the rest of the campaign. Lunch is included as well as a farewell dinner.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

8:00 AM. Our final tour day takes advantage of the expected lighter Sunday morning traffic to allow us to head into Atlanta’s western environs for a thorough interpretation of the Battle of Ezra Church, the fourth battle waged in nine calendar days and a contest where bullets fired by the defenders pierced the bodies of one out of every three attackers. The subject of two books published within the past three years, Ezra Church is well-interpreted despite the loss of much of its natural features. Our tour will end at an earthwork on the southern edge of Westview Cemetery, where we will summarize the day’s events, the four days we have just studied, and look ahead to part IV in 2019. Lunch is included.

Depart after the tour (approximately 2 PM) or at your leisure. We will see you for the fourth and final installment of the campaign in 2019.


Registration includes four lunches, one dinner, a reading book with maps, the academic program, all admissions, support of two professional historians, tour director, and on-the-ground transportation appropriate to the registration (which will be limited to three vans: 25 people). We will also provide snacks, bottled water, and a limited selection of sodas.

Ten percent of your registration fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the BGES 25th Anniversary Capital Reserve Campaign.

Register for this program online using our secure Sutler’s Tent ecommerce site: Register for The Atlanta Campaign Part 3.