Grand Review Conference registration includes Saturday and Sunday tours.
Saturday, October 13
Battle of Franklin Overview Eric Jacobson and Brad Kinnison
Description: Explore the events of November 29 and 30, 1864, to learn about the Battle of Franklin and why it happened. The tour will begin by discussing the campaign and then the arrival of both armies. Throughout the day we’ll make stops at Carter House, Carnton, walk the battlefield, and visit the sites of some of the last major action of the American Civil War.
Battle of Nashville Overview Garry Adelman with Dan Davis
Description: Nashville: Battlegrounds and Hallowed Grounds, will explore the Civil War history of Nashville, Tennessee. We’ll cover Union-occupied of Nashville, the bloody battle on of December 15-16, 1864, and the key portions of the Nashville Battlefield, including the Capitol, Fort Negley, Granbury’s Lunette, Redoubt No. 1, and Shy’s Hill. Throughout the tour, we will extensively utilize primary source accounts and photographs in order to more closely connect to the city in crisis. The hike up Shy’s Hill is somewhat rigorous and is optional for all participants. (Moderate Walking)
Sunday, October 14
Battle of Stones River Tour with Jim Lewis
Description: Join Chief Ranger Jim Lewis for a tour covering the heart of the battlefield where fighting raged from December 31, 1862 through January 2, 1863 culminating in a hard fought Union victory that shaped the course and outcome of the Civil War. We will make stops at places known to the soldiers as the Slaughter Pen, the Cotton Field and Hell's Half Acre. At each stop Ranger Jim will recount the events that took place more than 155 years ago while also revealing other layers of history that played out on those landscapes. Each tour stop will require some easy walking to get the best view of the landscape.
Battle of Spring Hill Tour with Eric Jacobson
Description: Join Eric Jacobson on Sunday mornng for a tour of the Battle of Spring Hill. Stops will include several sites around Spring Hill where the fateful decisions of November 29, 1864 will be discussed in detail and how the actions of both armies that afternoon and evening led directly to the terrible Battle of Franklin. We will be walking on ground that was saved almost exclusively through the efforts of the Civil War Trust.
History Talk: December 17, 1864 Retreat from Nashville with Greg Wade
Description: December 17th, 1864. The first day of Hood’s Retreat from Nashville. Most accounts of Confederate General John Bell Hood’s Tennessee campaign generally end after the defeat of Hood’s Army at the December 15-16, 1864 Battle of Nashville. But Saturday the 17th found the desperate Southerners fighting to escape Union General James Wilson’s cavalry back thru Franklin south.
Gregory L. Wade presents the dramatic events on December 17th with least three major battles, one of the largest cavalry charges of American history and the place where two Medals of Honor were earned. The citizens of Franklin actually witnessed urban fighting while the community was still reeling from events from the devastating November Battle there. Wade is one of the first researchers of the events of the retreat’s first day and has led several tours to key areas that still appear as they did almost 155 years ago.