We are breaking the Atlanta Campaign into 4 Tours this year.

There will be three tours covering the battlefields: Chickamauga National Military Park; Resaca, Ringgold Gap and Dalton; Kennesaw Mountain, Cheatham Hill & Marietta Confederate Cemetery; and then we’ll finish with the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta at the Atlanta History Museum.

July 20

Chickamauga National Military Park

10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

This battlefield tour is the longest in our series of tours. Chief Historian and guide Jim Ogden will be giving the same detailed battlefield tour he gives the Army Officers Corps from Fort Bragg. The battlefield tour will include a detail description of the troop movements and areas of importance that ended the battle with a major Confederate victory and a lost opportunity. Box lunch included.

  • Stop – Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, Fuller Gun Collection Museum
  • Stop – Jay’s Mill – Location where Gen Nathan Bedford Forrest Cavalry started the Battle on May 19, 1863, discuss the battle at all stops.
  • Stop – Brotherton Cabin – Location of the Confederate breakthrough by men under the command of Confederate Gen James Longstreet,
  • Stop – Wilder Tower – Battlefield overlook of Confederate advance along the Union line.
  • Stop – Snodgrass Hill – Location of the Union Last Defense by Federal Gen. George H. Thomas
    (Rock of Chickamauga) Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood wounded making attack below hill.
  • Stop – Lee & Gordon Mill – Location made famous by photograph when occupied by soldiers of the battle.

Tour Guide & Historian:

Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 1988 to present, Jim is an historian, teacher, and tour guide. A frequent speaker at Round Tables and historical organizations across the U.S., Jim has taught numerous history courses and written several articles on the Civil War. He also has appeared in several TV productions including “Civil War Journal,” “Civil War Combat,” and “History Detectives.”

July 21

Battlefield Tour of Resaca, Ringgold Gap and Dalton

12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

This tour will include two major battlefields, Ringgold Gap where General Patrick Cleburne successfully halted the Union army advances and the battle of Resaca where General Joe Johnston held the union forces to make a strategic withdraw to Kennesaw Mountain fortifications. The tour will also include historical areas of interest in Dalton. lunch included.

  • Stop – Ringgold Gap Battlefield Park – Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne Monument location, discuss the Battle here. Visit town of Ringgold, see Monument where the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 ended the War period Ringgold railroad depot, used during the war and the Stone Church used as hospital.
  • Stop – Mill Creek Gap (Buzzard Roost) Dalton, Ga. – Natural gateway through Rock Face Ridge Heavily fortified by Confederate forces, Federals attempt to seize the gap but driven back. Discuss the battle and Winter Camp by the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
  • Stop – Huff House – Dalton, Ga. – Built in the 1840’s, Headquarters of Confederate Gen Joseph E. Johnston , also location of the Gen Joseph E. Johnston monument.
  • Stop – Resaca Battlefield – Resaca Confederate Cemetery, Burial location of Confederate Soldiers killed during the Battle of Resaca. Discuss the Battle.
  • Stop – Resaca Battlefield Park – Camp Creek Valley, discuss the battle of Resaca.

Tour Guide & Historian:

Robert D. Jenkins, Sr. – Born in Hattiesburg, Miss., but raised in Chamblee, Ga., Robert D. (“Bob”) Jenkins, Sr. is an attorney practicing in Dalton, Georgia where he has maintained a general and civil trial practice since 1990. Bob was graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1987 with a B.B.A degree in Business Management with Minors in History and Geography. Bob received his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University in 1990 and regularly practices in the courts throughout Northwest Georgia. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Hamilton Medical Center, in Dalton, Georgia, and the Alumni Board of Directors for Georgia Southern University. He has written The Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Hood’s First Sortie, 20 July 1864, Mercer Univ. Press, 2013, and To The Gates of Atlanta: From Kennesaw Mountain to Peach Tree Creek, 1-19 July 1864, Mercer Univ. Press, 2015. He also penned an article on Dalton in Blue-Gray Magazine, vol. XXXII, Issue I (2015). He is married to Ms. Shari Ann Jenkins formerly of Cicero, Indiana, and they live in Rocky Face, Georgia

July 22

Battlefield Tours of Kennesaw Mountain, Cheatham Hill & Marietta Confederate Cemetery

12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

This tour will take you to Kennesaw Mountain National Battle field Park Museum and to Cheatham Hill battlefield to walk the original Confederate earthworks and trenches to the climax point of the battle at the dead angle. The tour will then stop at the Marietta Confederate Cemetery the largest South of Richmond.
Box lunch included.

  • Stop – Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, Museum, battlefield, cannons and Georgia monument.
  • Stop – Cheatham Hill Battlefield – apart of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Walk the Confederate Trench Line occupied by Confederate Maj. Gen. Frank Cheatham and Maj. Gen Patrick Cleburne veteran divisions while discussing the battle.
  • Stop – Marietta Confederate Cemetery – Largest Confederate Cemetery outside of Richmond, Virginia.

More than 3,000 Confederate Soldiers buried here from every Southern State. Soldiers killed in local battles and in the Kennesaw mountain (Cobb County) Georgia area a part of the Atlanta Campaign and soldiers who died at local Confederate Hospitals are interred here.
Many monuments , walls with soldiers names which are buried here and flags of each Southern State flown in Honor of our Confederate Dead.

Tour Guide & Historian:

Keith Bohannon – Dr. Keith Bohannon (Ph.D.) is a professor of history at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia where he teaches classes on the Old South, Jacksonian America, Georgia History, and the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction. He is the author of numerous published essays and articles one of the most recent of which is “The Fatal Halts: Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek in John B. Gordon’s Reminiscences” in Steve Cushman and Gary W. Gallagher, eds., Civil War Writing, 1866-1989: New Perspectives on Primary Texts (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2019).

July 23

Tour of the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta at the Atlanta History Museum

12:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Personalized tour of the restored 1886 cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta by Curator Dr. Gordon Jones at the Atlanta History Center and museum where you can also see the actual locomotive the Texas from the Great Locomotive Chase and many other items. Admission & Box lunch included.

  • Stop – The Atlanta History Center – A private tour of the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama Painting , painted in 1886, The painting stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field, and weighs 10,000 pounds and is one of only two cycloramas in the United States, the other being the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama.
  • We will also see the Texas Locomotive, that played a part in the Great Locomotive Chase. The Texas was used to chase the Engine the General that was hijacked by Northern civilian scout James J. Andrews and federal spies on April 12, 1862.
  • We will also visit here the Museum “Turning point” A large collection of displayed uniforms, weapons, also includes an army wagon and cannon used in the Atlanta Campaign, the Large Confederate Depot Flag that flew over Atlanta, Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon’s Frock Coat, Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne’s Sword just to name a few of the things.

Tour Guide & Historian:

Gordon Jones – Dr. Gordon Jones,(Ph.D) chief military historian and curator for the Atlanta History Centers Military museum and Atlanta Cyclorama. 1991 to present, Emory University, University of South Carolina-Columbia