02 January 2008 by Published in: General News 4 comments

My friend Dave Powell, who does not maintain a blog of his own (but probably should), asked me to post this for him about a tour he will be leading at Chickamauga in March. It sounds like a great program, and if I didn’t already have stuff booked two weekends in March, I would probably go. Anyway, Dave asked that this be posted, so here goes:

Chickamauga Tour: Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, 2008.

2008 Theme: Friday: Wilder’s Brigade; Saturday: Defending (and defining) Horseshoe Ridge.

Tour Leaders: Jim Ogden, Park Historian, and Dave Powell

All tours meet at the Visitor’s Center parking lot 15 minutes before scheduled start time.

Friday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Wilder’s Brigade, September 11-17. 1863.
By Bus, we will trace the route of Wilder’s Brigade in the days leading up to the battle, including significant stops at Ringgold, Tunnel Hill, Leet’s Tanyard, and Lee and Gordon’s Mills.

Friday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wilder’s Brigade, September 18-20, 1863.
By Bus, we will visit the various scenes of Wilder’s engagements on the field. Starting at Alexander’s Bridge, we will discuss screening operations, the retreat to Vinyard Field, the role of the Brigade there on September 19th, detached operations in Brotherton Field, and finish at Wilder Tower.

Saturday Morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon. Benning and Robertson versus Brannan
On foot: We follow the Confederate attack through Poe Field and into North Dyer Field, ultimately to the foot of Snodgrass Ridge.

Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gracie’s Horseshoe Ridge, The battles of 1863 and 1896.
On Foot: Horseshoe Ridge provides a dramatic conclusion to the battle of Chickamauga.. We will discuss the actual fighting and positions of the units involved, as contrasted with where the monuments are placed today.

Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour participation. Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the individual’s responsibility. Dress in layers, and prepare for some walking. On Saturday, we will walk extensively.
Friday’s tours.

Pre-registration Fee: $35 Due by February 1st, 2008; send to:

Please also note that this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after February 1st, 2008.

Walk-on Fee for Friday only: $40. Saturday walk-on, no charge.

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  1. Dave Powell
    Wed 02nd Jan 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks, Eric.

    Frankly, I am afraid of the Blog factor – I have enough time sinks as it is. I am worried that my efforts would all go to writing and maintaining the Blog.

    But I do like reading them…:)


  2. Karl Fauser
    Wed 02nd Jan 2008 at 11:44 pm

    This sounds like a great tour Dave.
    I was just there and could have used a guided tour.
    Is there a book in the wings Dave?


  3. Dave Powell
    Sat 05th Jan 2008 at 10:01 am


    yes, I have written some stuff on the battle. Looking for publication soon, I hope.:)

    Chickamauga is an amazingly complex battle, IMO, with a number of unusual tactical twists (Wilder, etc.) that make it pretty hard to get a sense of.

    Most battles break down into discrete phases (Like Gettysburg, for example) or into isolated fights that don’t impact each other tactically, though they obviously do at a more macro level – Meade at Fredericksburg, for example. At Chickamauga the fighting travels from north to south and then back north again, each day, so that at any given time, 2-3 firefights are raging in close proximity, often with direct impacts on each other. Think Devil’s Den-Wheatfield-Peach Orchard, writ large.

    So yeah, it can be very tough to figure out. How much time did you spend there?

    Dave Powell

  4. Karl Fauser
    Wed 09th Jan 2008 at 2:00 am

    Hi Dave

    We met and had dinner together at the CWDG Muster 1 1/2 years ago at that Italian place in Hanover.
    I went to the Div 1aa or FCS championship game in Chattanooga and stayed the next two nights. I went to Chickamauga Sat after Point Park and had Woodworth’s guide with me.
    I got halfway though and went back ealry the next morning to finish the tour.
    Here is the slideshow of pic’s



    Two actually.

    Looking forward to your book



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