Western Tennessee – Civil War Memphis

The Union victory at Shiloh in April 1862 made Confederate control of the Mississippi River in Tennessee impossible. Following a brief gunboat battle below the Memphis bluffs on June 6, 1862, Confederates abandoned the city. Memphis became a vital supply depot and staging area for Union campaigns. Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park … Read more

Northwest Georgia Andrews Raid (The Great Locomotive Chase)

Early on the rainy morning of April 12, 1862, conductor William Fuller and the “General” chugged out of the Marietta station headed north toward Chattanooga on the single-track Western and Atlantic Railroad (W&A). Aboard the train that day were 20 young men on a special mission. These men, headed by civilian spy James Andrews, planned … Read more

Maryland Civil War Trails – John Wilkes Booth: Escape of an Assassin & War on Chesapeake Bay

After shooting President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth fled across the Potomac River into Maryland, then headed toward Virginia. His leg broken in a fall at the theater, Booth met up with accomplice David Herold before stopping at the Surratt House and Tavern for supplies and guns stashed there … Read more

Central Virginia Civil War – Fredericksburg and Area

Excellent walking tour brochures detailing street fighting in the city are available at the Fredericksburg City Visitor Center, 706 Caroline St. Just outside the building are Civil War Trails signs describing city and area Civil War sites. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Main visitor center 1013 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22401 www.nps.gov/frsp, 540-693-3200 (choose … Read more

Virginia Valley & Mountains – Civil War Trails

More Valley Sites Battle of Wytheville A series of five Civil War Trails interpretive signs describes the action on July 18, 1863, as a Federal raiding party marched to the Wytheville area intending to destroy the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad tracks and bridges. In addition, the force planned to destroy telegraph lines and the salt … Read more

Mississippi Civil War – Vicksburg

Following the decisive battle at Champion Hill May 16, 1863, Grant approached the well-fortified Confederate positions surrounding Vicksburg itself. Grant ordered two massive assaults on the city, May 19 and 22, both of which were unsuccessful. Following the bloody failures, Grant settled into a siege. Pemberton in Vicksburg was increasingly isolated as Confederate efforts west … Read more

Pennsylvania Civil War – Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park Podcasts: Gettysburg Civil War Tours One of the best-known and most studied battlefields in the world is visited by well more than a million people a year, so expect crowds and traffic in the peak season. Many believe the three-day battle here July 1–3, 1863, decided the outcome of the war. … Read more

East Tennessee Civil War – Knoxville and Area

Knoxville was the key city in the middle of a contentious area known for divided loyalties. Most of the area was anti-secession and tended to side with the Union cause, making Confederate military control tenuous at best. The East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad and the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad intersected in Knoxville, creating a … Read more