Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Donelson Campaign Trip

Two years ago I made my first trip to the Fort Donelson National Battlefield.  I did a bit of backpacking within the Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area, and then toured Fort Donelson after my backpacking excursion.  I hate to admit that while Fort Donelson is a rather close drive compared to other Civil War sites I have visited (and visited more than once), I had never taken the time to make the trip.  While I have an interest in just about any campaign or battle of the war, and own a couple of books on Donelson, it just never really made it to my "must see" places to go.  Now that I have been there once, I am planning a return this coming February with a few Chickamauga  study group friends of mine.  On this trip I plan to use both Blue and Gray tours to cover the various stops not included on the park's official tour, do some hiking near Fort Henry, visit Fort Heiman, and do a lot of walking within the national park's boundaries as well.  This trip will also add the Columbus-Belmont area as an intro to the campaign, and two full days in the Fort Donelson area.  I found a nicely rated and affordable motel in Murray, Kentucky.

All of this is partially due to a need to add on to what I do with Walking With History.  Expanding my tour offerings to keep the business fresh is a good business practice, and the Donelson area, while off the beaten path a bit, is a great area to tour.  Having the details and the sites to visit worked out will allow any future tour I give there go that much smoother.  And, to be honest, I like touring with my Chickamauga buddies as they are of the same mind as I when it comes to getting out of the car and walking the ground.  

There is another plus, there are some units and personalities involved at Fort Donelson that are also involved in the Kentucky Campaign, so having an even deeper knowledge of these units and leaders will also potentially enhance any tour I do give at Perryville!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Review of Kentucky Rebel Town Now on Amazon

I have owned a copy of Bill Penn's Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County for some months now, and upon looking at the product info on Amazon recently was surprised to see that no one had written a review of this fine work by this time.  So, I decided to throw something together in an effort to give Mr. Penn a bit of good karma as his work deserves some recognition.  The review is now live on Amazon (click HERE to see the review).

I hope, once the holidays are over, to be able to work with the Cynthiana Battlefields Foundation folks to offer one or two of these books as a giveaway on Amazon.  Stay tuned for more details on this and other CBF happenings in 2017!


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