Historian: Greg Biggs (Friday)/Mike Bradley (Saturday)
Tour Description: Join Greg Biggs and Michael Bradley for a tour of the overlooked Tullahoma Campaign of June/July 1863. This brilliant campaign of maneuver occurred at the same time as Gettysburg and the Vicksburg Campaigns and was glossed over by both due to the low level of casualties by comparison. Yet, in terms of damaging the Confederacy, Tullahoma ranks just below Vicksburg in importance. Union General William S. Rosecrans conceived a wonderful plan of feint and maneuver designed to turn the right flank of Braxton Bragg's Confederate Army of Tennessee and force him into a fight over his lines of supply on a field of his choosing. Only the incessant rains prevented this aspect of the campaign from happening but the end result was the conquest of Tennessee for the Union cause. The tour will visit Hoover's Gap, seized by the mounted infantry and Spencer rifle-armed brigade of John Wilder which earned them the nickname of the Lightning Brigade. Other sites include Fairfield; Liberty Gap; Bell Buckle; Wartrace (including Patrick Cleburne's headquarters); Guy's Gap and Shelbyville, sites of major cavalry fights in the campaign; Tullahoma, Estill Springs and the vital bridges and Cowan, Bragg's last stand. The route back to Nashville will include the University of the South on Sewanee Mountain where the campaign ended. There will be some walking during the tour so be sure to bring comfortable shoes and clothing.