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Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Battles for Savannah, 1778-1779, Part 1 with Rick Herrera

Walking Level: Moderate. Approximately 2 miles of total walking on uneven terrain.

Please note that this is a two-part tour, wrapping up Part 2 on Sunday. If you choose this tour you will be automatically signed up for Part 2 on Sunday.

Description: Following early Whig successes over regulars, Lord Dunmore’s Ethiopians, and Loyalists at Great Bridge, Virginia (9 December 1775), against the Cherokees in the Carolina backcountry during the spring and early summer of 1776, in the premature Loyalist rising in North Carolina (Moore’s Creek Bridge, 27 February 1776), and at the failed British expedition against Charles Town (Charleston), South Carolina (28 June 1776), the War for Independence in the Deep South developed into a series of intermittent raids launched from British-held St. Augustine, East Florida into Georgia and South Carolina.

Following French entry into the war as an American ally in 1778, Britain reframed its strategy, and after dispatching forces from New York to defend the West Indian sugar islands, it shifted focus to the Southern Theater, and directed its energies toward the capture of Savannah as a step in the reconquest of the Southern colonies.

Your tour will begin with a brief talk about the American War for Independence in the South, then proceed to Ft. Morris, home of the original American “Come and take it!” Next, you’ll view and visit the vicinity of Beaulieu (Bewley) Plantation, where French forces under Vice Admiral Comte d’Estaing landed in 1779. Next, you will view the location of the British 1778 landings from Ft. Jackson, then on to Emmet Park site of a key American and later British fortification, and then walk through historic Savannah, tracing the fortifications.

Defending Savannah with Will Greene

Walking Level: Easy. Approximately 1.5 miles of total walking, some of which will be on uneven terrain.

Description: As Georgia’s oldest municipality (1733) and its leading seaport, Savannah took its place among the Confederacy’s most important assets.  Three railroads served the city, but Savannah had always looked out to the sea rather than inland.  Three forts protected the watery avenues leading to Savannah and our tour will visit the two most important of them (and drive by the third).  Fort Pulaski, one of America’s third system forts, guarded access to Savannah via the sea and the Savannah River.  Fort McAllister, an earthen bastion, watched over the back door to Savannah via the Great Ogeechee River.  Union victories at Fort Pulaski (1862) and Fort McAllister (1864) respectively rendered brick fortifications obsolete and doomed Savannah to capture at the end of Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Forts, Photos and Fun: Exploring Savannah’s Fortifications with Garry Adelman and Dan Davis

Walking Level: Easy. Approximately 1.5 miles of total walking, some of which will be on uneven terrain.

Description: Strategically situated on the Atlantic Coast and a major waterway, Savannah required an extensive defense network. Fort Jackson, built in 1808, is the oldest fort in Georgia. Named for a hero of the American Revolution and constructed between 1829 and 1847, Fort Pulaski became the target of Union operations in 1862. After his famous “March to the Sea”, William Tecumseh Sherman set his sights on Fort McAllister to open communications and a supply line with the Federal Navy. Join Garry Adelman and Dan Davis for an exploration of Savannah’s most famous sites. Hear stories about Robert E. Lee, William T. Sherman, the “Immortal 600” and others, highlighted by a 4-D photo experience and, perhaps, a hint of marching in line!

Savannah History: An Immersive Museum Experience

Walking Level: Easy. Walking and standing in a museum setting with the opportunity to find seats and take breaks as needed.

Description: Coastal Heritage Society will welcome program participants to our downtown campus to visit three of our historic sites and museums for an immersive experience with Savannah’s rich industrial and social history. Visitors will begin at Georgia State Railroad Museum, touring the largest collection of antebellum railroad buildings in the United States and getting up close personal views of our 19th and 20th century buildings, railcars, and equipment. Visitors will also experience historic machinery demonstrations and learn about the people who worked on site as boilermakers, pipefitters, blacksmiths, and laborers, as well as those who founded and operated the Central of Georgia Railway. Included will be a Switching Demonstration by our Railroad Operations Department in which they will use our working turntable and locomotives to demonstrate how equipment would have been used historically inside the roundhouse. Across the street at Savannah History Museum, tour participants will take guided tour of the museum to see historic objects and exhibits outlining the city’s history from before its founding in 1733 all the way up to the present day. Historic artifacts include the “cannonball wall,” a relic of Savannah’s Revolutionary War history, the Forrest Gump Bench, possibly the Museum’s most popular artifact, and even the very last steam locomotive listed in service with the Central of Georgia Railway. Participants will also get a hands-on experience with historic objects from Coastal Heritage Society’s Working Collections as the program outlines Museum Collections practices and procedures. To conclude their experience at our downtown campus, tour participants will join a costumed Resource Educator for a Siege of Savannah Program at Battlefield Memorial Park. Visitors will participate in a reenactment of the 1779 Battle of Savannah in which the allied French and American forces attempted to take the city of Savannah back from British control. Visitors will carry Quaker muskets and flags and learn about the many fascinating personalities from the battle including Casimir Pulaski, Curt Von Stedingk and William Jaspers.


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Masters of the Air: A Tour of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force with Kristopher White

Walking Level: Easy. Walking and standing in a museum setting with the opportunity to find seats and takes breaks as needed.

Description: It was one of the storied fighting forces of World War II, which helped to bring the German Luftwaffe and Adolph Hitler’s Third Reich to its knees—the Mighty Eighth Air Force. Learn about the creation of this mighty air armada, from its founding in Savannah to its massive air battles over Europe. Hear the stories of this colorful outfit, and of the young airmen who took to the skies in some of the most famous aircraft ever to take flight.  Join the Trust’s Senior Education Manager Kristopher White and the staff of the National Museum of the Mighty Eight Air Force, as you explore the museum dedicated to the men and machines who helped to bring about Germany’s unconditional surrender in Europe.

Bonaventure Cemetery Walking Tour with Don Teuton

Walking Level: Moderate to Heavy. 1.5 to 2 hours of walking and standing.

Description: Delve into the graves, the Live Oaks, the Azaleas, the Camellias, and the real history behind Bonaventure Cemetery with historian Don Teuton. Don will introduce you to Confederate Generals, slave traders, a musical genius and the South’s very first feminist.  And, along the way, you may discover a hidden piece from Tiffany.

Eerie and enticing, the history of Bonaventure is also the history of Savannah.   Distilled to its essence, Don offers a simple tour of Savannah, but gives it in Bonaventure…the people who made Savannah are buried at there.

Civil War Walking Tour of Savannah with Noble Jones Tours

Walking Level: Moderate to Heavy. 1.5 to 2 hours of walking around Savannah.

Description: Join the guides from Noble Jones Tours for a customized, in-depth and entertaining study of old Savannah and its involvement in the Civil War, with perspective from the North and the South. Get the inside scoop about Sherman’s march to the sea and the real reason he spared the city. Discover the realities of life in Savannah before, during and after the “War Between the States” also known around here as the “Recent Unpleasantness.” A favorite among war history buffs. This tour will be 2 hours.

The Revolutionary Battles for Savannah, 1778-1779 with Rick Herrera

Walking Level: Moderate. 1 to 2 miles of walking, some of which will be on uneven terrain.

Description: On Day Two, you will travel to the French army’s 1779 tactical assembly area around the Levi Sheftell and Mordecai Sheftell cemeteries (the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Georgia), walk to the Spring Hill Redoubt along the routes of the failed Franco-American assault, and the vicinity of Brig. Gen. Count Casimir Pulaski’s death. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the Savannah History Museum.

“We Have A Fair Opening to Strike Them”: Anthony Wayne and the 1782 Georgia Campaign Lecture with Dan Davis

Description: Despite the surrender of Lord Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown, British forces remained scattered throughout the South. To contend with this threat, Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene dispatched “Mad” Anthony Wayne to Georgia in January 1782. Wayne’s mission was simple: support the state government, restore relations between Whigs and Tories and contain his adversary. For the next eight months, Wayne’s undermanned and ill-supplied command conducted operations that ultimately compelled the evacuation of Savannah and the abandonment of Georgia to the Americans. Join Dan Davis, the American Battlefield Trust’s Education Associate for an exploration of this forgotten chapter in the life of one of the American Revolution’s most colorful characters and the War for Independence.