Atlanta: Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain


Featuring Highly Regarded Civil War Historians:

-Richard M. McMurry -Robert Jenkins -Steve Davis

Headquarters for this tour of the Atlanta campaign will be at the Drury Inn & Suites Atlanta Marietta located at 1170 Powers Ferry Place Marietta, GA 30067 Telephone 770-612-0900 Civil War Journeys has secured a block of rooms for tour participants at $140 per night plus applicable taxes.

This three-day program will start Thursday evening October 17 in the Meade Room at the Drury Inn with a lecture featuring the distinguished Civil War and Atlanta campaign historian Dr. Steve Davis. His talk will focus on the generalship of Joseph Johnston and William T. Sherman in the opening operations of the Atlanta campaign. Dr. Davis’ presentation is based on his recent book A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign (2016). [Steve Davis lecture on Sherman’s operations and the impact upon the city of Atlanta]

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On Friday we will follow local historian and Atlanta campaign expert Robert Jenkins as we visit the sites associated with the opening scenes of the Atlanta campaign in and around Dalton, Georgia. His most recent book is To the Gates of Atlanta: From Kennesaw Mountain to Peach Tree Creek, 1–19 July 1864 (2015). We will start at Tunnel Hill and visit Gen. Sherman’s headquarters the Clisby Austin House. Other interpretive stops in the morning will be at Mill Creek Gap, Potato Hill and a number of sites of interest in Dalton. We will have a catered box lunch at the Huff House, Gen. Johnston’s headquarters. In the afternoon we will stop at Dug Gap battlefield and Rocky Face Ridge. We will end the day following Gen. McPherson’s advance through Snake Creek Gap on his way to Resaca.

In the morning on Saturday, led by Atlanta campaign historian Richard McMurry, we will cover the action in Resaca with stops at the new battlefield park, the Confederate cemetery and view the artillery position of Van Den Corput’s battery on the Chitwood farm. [Richard McMurry lecture on Atlanta campaign]

Lunch in Resaca. In the afternoon we will make interpretive stops at Cassville, New Hope Church and visit Pickett’s Mill – the scene of desperate fighting on May 27, 1864.

Our guide on Sunday will be yet another expert on the Atlanta campaign and the career of Gen. John B. Hood, Dr. Steve Davis. Our interpretive stops will include the Battle of Kolb’s farm, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek and the newly renovated and restored Atlanta cyclorama. Return to the Drury Inn by 5PM.


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