First, my apologies in not getting this out sooner. My two careers have tied me up a lot the last three weeks. We have some good news and some bad news. Bad goes first:
1) We are postponing the planned Devil on the Railroad: Nathan Bedford Forrest in Northern Alabama tour to sometime in 2015. We hit some logistics snags for this planned early November run so we are dropping it back into 2015. Things are really heating up in the Middle Tennessee area with the events coming fast and furious for the Spring Hill/Franklin battle and the Battle of Nashville and the Lotz House staff is already being swamped. The response has caught folks off guard in terms of how big it is. So rather than do something half-baked, they decided to punt into 2015 when they can devote better attention to the tours.
They are also still planning a Devil on the River: Forrest’s 1864 West Tennessee Raid covering his famous attack on the Union supply base at Johnsonville, Tennessee in early November 1864.
As soon as we can slot those dates in we will let you know for both tours. Now the good news>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
SAVE THE DATE – Atlanta Campaign Tour Part Two: The River Line to Jonesboro
The Lotz House can now confirm these dates for the above tour – March 25-29 (Wednesday through Sunday), 2015. This is the last weekend of the month.
This tour will be four days on the field and again base out of Franklin, Tennessee as last time. We head down to Georgia Wednesday afternoon to Marietta. Stay at same hotel every night. Tours will be done on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and some of Sunday (mainly Allatoona Pass battlefield and possibly one museum) on the way back. This tour adds a fourth day as this way we can factor in some museum time like the Atlanta History Center (one of the three best Civil War museums in the nation), Gone With the Wind Museum and the Margaret Mitchell House. Even though her book was a novel it was about the Atlanta Campaign and thus a perfect tie in I think. We will see her grave at one stop as well. The museum stops add a bit to the tour so that it is not all battlefields. We are hopeful to get in either Ezra Church or Utoy Creek battlefield as part of this tour.
Proposed stops will include: Johnston’s River Line – Shoupade Park, Roswell and the Union river crossings, Battle of Peachtree Creek (several stops), Battle of Atlanta (several stops), Battle of either Ezra Church or Utoy Creek, Battle of Jonesboro (several stops), Atlanta Cyclorama, Atlanta History Center, Margaret Mitchell House, Gone With the Wind Museum and Allatoona Pass Battlefield (the first battle of Hood’s Tennessee Campaign).
We will have local historians speak to us at night as with the first tour. Planned speakers include Charlie Crawford (Georgia Battlefield Association), Stephen Davis (noted historian and author) and either Russell Bonds or Gordon Jones (Atlanta History Center curator). All are based in Atlanta. Stephen Davis has a recent book out on the destruction of Atlanta that is masterful.
As soon as the numbers are developed I will get them out to you. Cavalier Tours will handle the hotels, coach and other tour related services as with the first tour. and all of this will be factored into the tour package price as before. We have been asked if some folks can fly directly into Atlanta and head home from there. That’s perfectly fine but there is no tour price discount and you will also miss the stops on Sunday in particular Allatoona Pass battlefield. Please keep that in mind when making your plans.
There will be single and double rooms packages as before but it will be the responsibility of tour attendees to set up any room mates for these rooms. If you email me that you would like to share a room I will post it to everyone and you can work things out with them. We had a couple guests do that last time in fact.
Tour guides will again be Greg Biggs and Thomas Cartwright.
Thanks for your time. Sorry again about the Alabama Forrest tour but look for that in 2015 along with other planned tours.
Thanks very much for your past support.