Ed Bearss’ Essential Civil War, Stop 12:  The Atlanta Campaign


Monday, May 3rd, 2004

5 PM-6 PM Register at Wyndham Vinings. 6 PM: Dinner; 7 PM Opening Remarks & lecture

     Tuesday, May 4th, 2004

8:00 AM:  The Atlanta Campaign my have won the war for the Union.  It is a long road from Chattanooga to Atlanta and we will follow it.  Departing the hotel early we will go to Ringold Gap and Tunnel Hill before lunch.  Then we will move on to Mill Creek Gap; Dug Gap; Snake Creek Gap and Resaca where we will make 3 stops.  The day will finish at Cassville and return to the hotel by 6 PM in time for you to have dinner on your own.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

Another early start as we have some serious fighting to do.  We will start at Allatoona Pass and then move to New Hope Church.  The day’s highlight will be the wonderfully preserved Pickett’s Mill battlefield.  After lunch we will go to Gilgal Church before ending the day at Kennesaw Mountain.  There is real substance to these stops and you will be in awe over the events that transpired.  We will return to Atlanta for our banquet dinner--details will be announced.

Thursday, May 6th, 2004

Our too soon ended tour finishes with a “bang.”  Another 8 AM departure will return us to the top of Kennasaw Mountain, before finding the fragments of the battle of Atlanta.  We will make 3 stops there including the site where McPherson meets his end. Following a picnic lunch we will go to the Atlanta Cyclorama--a great place to interpret the battles for Atlanta.  We will then work to Peachtree Creek, Collier’s Mill and finally Roswell where the Union army crosses the Chattahoochie.  While much is overgrown you will still have a good experience exploring the battles for Atlanta.  The bus will drop at the airport around 4 PM.   Those flying home can carry your bags under the bus and catch a flight after 6:30 PM.

The Faculty

Ed Bearss is a retired Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service.  Perhaps the most famous tour leader in the country, Bearss serves on the National Advisory Board of the BGES.

Additional Faculty to be Announced

Meeting Site and Hotel

We are headquartered at the Wyndham Hotel, Vinings (Northwestern Atlanta), 2857 Paces Ferry Rd (1-770-432-5555).  We have a block of rooms in the BGES’s name you may reserve against that block until April 2nd.  The rate is $89 single/double + tax. 

Airport and Transportation Arrangements

The servicing airport is Atlanta about 30 minutes (18.5 miles) across the Metro Atlanta area.  There are many limo/taxi services--the hotel recommends a taxi at $40 one way. 


Recommended Reading (all prices include shipping)


_____Albert Castel, Decision in the West, The Atlanta Campaign  $23 

_____Lee Kennett, Marching Through Georgia $18

_____Stephen Davis, Atlanta Will Fall $ 20

_____Editors of Blue & Gray History and Tour Guide of the Atlanta Campaign $ 22




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