fellow history buffs, and Civil War compadres . . .
I'm excited to say that Gordon Rhea has signed on to guide a four-day battlefield tour next September that will generally follow the course of action in his monumental pentalogy from The Wilderness through Cold Harbor, and the initial assault at Petersburg [LSU Press].
Over the last 23 years I have facilitated group tours of a great many Civil War sites—from the well-known to the obscure—but I've never attempted the entirety of the Overland Campaign in a single outing. I have pestered Gordon literally for years, and am gratified that he did not block my email, and that his schedule eventually opened up enough to allow him to settle on some dates.
Though each of the unspeakably bloody battles in this complex campaign warrants a multi-day tour of its own, we are crafting a meaningful and coherent itinerary to do justice to the subject over four full days (following an evening talk to set the stage).
I hope you'll consider joining us. I'll have the lodging and registration finalized by Thanksgiving, or the weekend after, with updates posted at the website and Facebook page.
This is going to be a fantastic tour. You've got plenty of time to catch up on your reading.
Here is my upcoming True West ad, with the lineup of 2020 tours. It's going to be a fun year, traipsing across Arizona on the trail of Cochise, tracking the brief life of Billy the Kid in New Mexico, a return to Last Stand Hill in Montana, and the great Grant-versus-Lee adventure in Virginia.