Tag Archives: Civil War Trip 2015

Day Six (sort of): Home Again, Home Again

Postscript to a series The last battlefields we visit on our six-day marathon are our own. The nine-hour trek from Franklin to home has been stretched out by a brief stop at Stones River, then downpours outside of Knoxville, then … Continue reading

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Day Five: Franklin

Part thirteen in a series The losses at Franklin are the stuff of legend: six thousand-plus Confederate casualties, plus six dead Confederate generals. John Bell Hood threw the 30-thousand men of the Army of Tennessee against Federal fortifications, winning the battle … Continue reading

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Day Five: Shiloh

Part twelve in a series The swhrrrr of cicadas rises and falls like the heartbeat of the battlefield. I stand on the edge of Shiloh’s peach orchard, gazing through the trees at nothing in particular in the far distance. There’s … Continue reading

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Day Four: The Stream of American History

Part eleven in a series Because Dan is working on a book about Corinth, for the Emerging Civil War Series, the town is a “must” on our tour. While I’ll help him grab some photos for the book, my main … Continue reading

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Day Four: Corinth

Part ten in a series “What is it you like about Corinth?” I ask Dan. We’re stopping at the little Mississippi town in the northeast corner of the state so Dan can get some pictures. He’s been at work on … Continue reading

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Day Four: I Have Seen the King

Part nine in a series I’m not going to pretend to make a Civil War connection between Elvis Presley and the Civil War. We’re passing through Tupelo, Mississippi, on our way from Vicksburg to Corinth, so I’m stopping at the … Continue reading

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Day Three: The Siege of Vicksburg

Part eight of a series The siege of Vicksburg nearly kills us. The heat index soars into the low 200s. Centigrade. The thermometer actually says something like 89, but it’s hard to read with all the sweat stinging my eyes. … Continue reading

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Day Three: The Road to Vicksburg

Part seven in a series “You’re heading into banjo country,” a friend of ours warns us. He’s worked at Vicksburg, and we’ve asked him for advice on following Grant’s route across Mississippi. We spent the night in Jackson, so we’re … Continue reading

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Day Two: Selma

Part six in a series We walk across the bridge in single file, not shoulder to shoulder as the marchers did in 1865. And we take the sidewalk, not the traffic lanes. And we’re greeted by a super-friendly local named … Continue reading

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Day Two: Montgomery

Part five in a series Jefferson Davis is standing in the rain. Had he been on the front portico of the Alabama State Capitol in the spot where he’d been swore in, he’d have been protected, but that’s not the … Continue reading

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