Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Walking Tour Updates

While some details are still being worked out, I can announce that noted author Stuart Sanders will be involved with the Perryville tour weekend.  He will be giving his talk on the aftermath of the battle for our evening session (based on his excellent Perryville Under Fire book), but we still are working out where that will be held.  He will also be joining us during the day for the walking tour, so if it works out we will have one full session on Maney's Brigade, the subject of Stuart's second book on Perryville (Maney's Confederate Brigade at the Battle of Perryville).

The evening event will be held either in Danville at a restaurant or conference room, or on the battlefield at the Civil War Hall across from the battlefield museum.  The evening session, if not at a restaurant, will start at 7:00 p.m., allowing visitors a few hours between the afternoon and evening sessions to enjoy a meal and a bit of a rest.

We are slowly making this weekend into a true battlefield event, which has been one of the goals for doing the walking tours.  Expanding it into a multi-day event, and having folks such as Stuart be involved can only help bring about awareness for the battlefield while also giving folks a chance for more in-depth study.  I hope to see you in May at Perryville!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Spring Walking Tour Date Set and Expanded!

Perryville Walking Tour Weekend
May 15th and 16th, 2015

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
1825 Battlefield Road, Perryville, KY 40468
Sponsored by the Friends of Perryville Battlefield and the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table
Guides – Chuck Lott and Darryl Smith

May 15th – Dry Canteen Trail Walk
This walk replicates the Federal First Corps approach to the battlefield.  The Dry Canteen Trail is a scout trail that scouts, without water to simulate what the Union troops were going through on October 7th, could earn a badge and learn about the Battle of Perryville.  The trail consists of road walking, so wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and snacks, and wear bright colors so that passing cars may see us more easily.  While the walk is mostly on back roads, there is a busier section at the beginning of the walk that we need to exercise extreme caution and walk single file.

Meet by the Confederate Cemetery at 10:00 a.m.  We will then take as few vehicles as possible and drive to Mackville.  Starting at the Mackville Community Center we will walk about ten miles back to the battlefield, arriving by 3:00 p.m.  Car drivers will then need to be shuttled back to Mackville to pick up their vehicles.  Do not let the distance deter you from joining as we will have an easy pace and smooth surface to enjoy.  Post walk event will be at Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, where we can enjoy a great local restaurant and chat about Perryville.

May 16th – Walking Tour of Perryville Battlefield
Join Chuck Lott and Darryl Smith for an extended walking tour of the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.  There will be a morning session from 9:00 a.m. until noon, a break for lunch, and then an afternoon session from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (covering a different part of the battle than the morning session).  There will be some sort of evening session (hopefully with a renowned Perryville expert), so please plan on joining us after the walking tour for some enjoyable post tour camaraderie.

Attendees should wear comfortable clothing, sturdy walking shoes, bring water and snacks, and pack a lunch.  History buffs and the general public are all welcome!  Each session will involve about three miles of walking, with some elevation changes (none greater than 100 feet) along the way. Meet for the morning session at the picnic shelter in the park near the playground.  When entering the park, take the first right and look for the shelter.

Morning Session – 9:00-12:00 – Meet at the Picnic Shelter near the playground.

Lunch - 12:00-1:00
Be sure to pack a lunch!  Note - There is a small Amish place on the Lebanon Pike southwest of Perryville that may be open (about a ten minute drive).  They make a delicious deli sandwich!

Afternoon Session – 1:00-4:00 – Meet at the Confederate Cemetery

Evening Session – Post Tour Gathering – To Be Announced

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Walking Tour of Camp Wildcat

The esteemed folks of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table, of which I am a member, have, in a momentary lapse of typically good judgement, have made me the activities chair of the newly formed activities committee.  Seeing that I am the only person on the committee at this time, I am not certain if this is a blessing or a curse, but I plan on adding two to four events each year for Round Table members to join in, beyond the eight meetings we have.

To that end, I am leading an eight mile walking tour of Camp Wildcat on Saturday, November 1st.  The eight miles sounds like a lot to most folks, but most of the walking is easy, and there are only two spots where we will see an increased heart rate.  

For those in the greater Cincinnati area, you can meet up for a carpool (details below).  For those not joining the carpool, meet at Hazel Patch by 10:00 a.m.  Directions from I-75 to the tour start are HERE.

Details for the event:

The Battle of Wildcat Mountain was the first effort of Confederate General Felix Zollicoffer to invade the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Our first trip will be a walking tour of the Wildcat battlefield in southern Kentucky. This tour will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014. We will meet at the Florence Meijers parking lot (Exit 182 on I-75, 4990 Houston Road – park behind the Chick-Fil-A) between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m., leaving at 8:00 a.m. We will carpool to Camp Wildcat, which is about a two-hour drive. We will start our tour in Hazel Patch and walk the Wilderness Road to Camp Wildcat, where we will proceed to walk the hiking trails on the battlefield. This walk will be eight miles in length and involve two short but steep changes in elevation. Make certain to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and a snack, and an appetite to discover a hidden Civil War gem. This will be an all-day trip based on driving time, touring, and stopping for a meal on the way home. Those interested in joining should contact Darryl Smith (ohioatperryville@yahoo.com or 513-321-1539) so that we have an idea of how many folks to plan for. We will need drivers who are willing to drive other members, as well.


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