The Battles of Iuka, Corinth, and Davis’ Bridge
Thursday, September 16th, 2004
Check into your hotel and register from 5-6 PM. A pizza party reception with hors de oeuvres at 6 P.M. At 6:30 P.M., Len Riedel will lecture on The Confederate Offensives of 1862—the True High Water Mark. At 7:30 P.M. Parker Hills will lecture on Corinth 1862—A Very Busy Place.
8:30 A.M. We will board our bus and open our study of the Battle of Iuka. This is a BGES first--no other group has presented this opening volley of the fall 1862 Corinth Campaign as a full day tour--we have spent a great deal of time walking the approach routes and have found unmistakable landmarks that correlate to contemporary accounts of the battle. Fought in September of 1862 it labeled Union General William S. Rosecrans as a future leader even while General U.S. Grant harbored doubts about his qualifications. En route and on site we will consider the development of the leadership on both sides paying particular attention to Sterling Price, Henry Little and Dabney Maury. You will be surprized at the sites that are available to interpret this nasty little fight. Iuka is a treat because it is off the beaten path and rarely interpreted. We will then return to Corinth where you can have dinner on your own.
Saturday, September 18th, 2004
We will open this morning with a tactical overview of the battle of Corinth and the retreat and fight at Davis’ Bridge. Following that 8:30 A.M. lecture we will board our bus to visit the Confederate camps at Chewalla. This was the staging area for the fights that took place 142 years ago. From this position, flamboyant Confederate commander Earl Van Dorn attacked the Federal forces. In fighting that moved across the fields and outer earthworks of Corinth and into the streets we will spend the day covering those sites and the fighting in the region around the railroad junction. In the end the fighting around Battery Robinett was representative of a desperate but failed effort. The Confederates were forced to fall back to Chewalla. We will provide lunch and a banquet dinner.
Sunday, September 19th, 2004
Van Dorn had failed and he was in severe peril. From his tenuous position near the Hatchie River he was not in a position to support either Bragg’s invasion that was leading toward the small Kentucky village of Perryville nor was he assured of extricating his wounded force from the aggressive pursuit of General E.O.C. Ord. The resulting battle at Davis’ Bridge is unknown to most Civil War students. The sites related to the retreat and battle can’t be found without a guide. Indeed it is as pristine a site as you’ll find. We will open the day at 8 AM with a departure from the Comfort Inn parking lot. We will talk with you en route to several sites along the retreat culminating with a walk down to Davis Bridge. Ord called it “The miserable bridge.” We will conclude the program with a summary and Q & A while returning to the hotel by noon. You will be on your way by 12:30 P.M. We will provide snacks during the morning; however, lunch will be on your own.
Parker Hills is a retired National Guard Bureau Brigadier General. Hills was responsible for the Military Staff Ride program for the state of Mississippi and is an expert on Mississippi battlefields. Hills conducts tours for Elderhostel and is a corporate leadership trainer who founded BattleFocus Tours. Hills is a graduate of the US Army War College.
Len Riedel is the Executive Director of the BGES. A retired Air Force officer, Riedel has a Master of Arts degree in history. He is the architect of the BGES’ diverse programming and considerable accomplishments in the nonprofit community.
This program will be headquartered at the Comfort Inn Corinth, 2101 Highway 72W (1-662-286-9535). There is a block of rooms you may reserve against in the BGES’ name. Rates start at $43 for a single plus tax depending upon the type of room you desire. There is also a Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn within walking distance. If you need any special arrangements please contact the Corinth Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-748-9048.
The servicing airport is Memphis about 90 minutes to the Northwest. You may need a rental car there is no scheduled shuttle service.
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September 16-19 2004
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