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Civil War Trust

Color Bearer Weekend

Memphis, Tennessee
March 1 - 3, 2013
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Tentative Schedule of Events

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FRIDAY, March 1, 2013

5:00 - 7:00pm  Registration; Location: 2nd Floor

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Reception at The Westin Memphis Beale Street; Location: Mississippi Ballroom C

8 - 8:30 pm
Lecture - Corinth and Shiloh Civil War Photo Presentation with Garry Adelman. Location: Mississippi Ballroom A & B.

SATURDAY, March 2, 2013

Please understand that these tours will last all day with early departures and late returns. You will need to be prepared for a lengthy bus ride of 1 ½ to 2 hours each way. The only time we will be able to accommodate requests to depart the tour early will be at the lunch break.


A boxed breakfast and coffee to go will be provided. Meet in hotel lobby.

7:15 am – 6:00 pm
Battle of Shiloh Staff Ride Battlefield Tour with Brig. Gen. Parker Hills (Ret.), **HEAVY walking tour.** This tour not only covers the battle history, but will discuss leadership, history and psychology. For more information on the staff ride concept and a detailed description of this tour, please click here.

7:15 am - 6:00 pm
Battle of Shiloh Walking Tour with Dr. Timothy Smith - Moderate walking tour.

7:45 am – 5:30 pm
Battle of Corinth - Limited walking option. This tour will offer opportunities to do some walking at a variety of stops, but much of the talking will take place on or near the bus. You can choose to remain on the bus if you aren’t up for walking at some of the stops.

SUNDAY, March 3, 2013

Breakfast and coffee are on your own this morning.

9 am – 11:30 am
Civil War Memphis Walking Tour This walking tour will include visits to Fort Pickering to see the Civil War powder magazines built into giant Indian mounds, the old Navy yard, and the previous site of the US Colored Troop camp; Jefferson Park where several prominent citizens are memorialized and from where you can see the site of the Sultana disaster; Confederate Park, from where you can see the site of the Battle of Memphis; Court Square, a central meeting place in memphis for almost two centuries; the former site of the State Capitol building; and finally, Nathan Bedford Forrest's former residence.

Civil War Bus Tour This bus tour will include stops at the Hunt-Phelan Home, where Grand and Sherman planned their famous battles, Vicksburg and inland campaigns, respectively; Confederate Park, from where you can see the site of the Battle of Memphis and the Sultana disaster; Columbus Park and Nathan Bedford Forrest's former residence; and Fort Pickering, where we will see Civil War powder magazines built into giant Indian mounds, the old Navy yard, and the previous site of the US Colored Troop camp. This tour will involve some walking around each site.



The host hotel, Westin Memphis, is currently sold out of our room block, and there are no additional rooms for us to add.  Below are some hotel suggestions, that are fairly close to the Westin.  There is a trolly system, as well as many parking options in the immediate area. Please continue to check with these, and other downtown hotels, as availability may become available as we get closer to our event.

Hotel Suggestions:

The Residence Inn:

Doubletree Memphis Downtown Hotel:

Peabody Memphis:

Hampton Inn & Suites

Hilton Memphis:   *Please note that this is NOT a downtown hotel, and is about a 20 minute drive from the Westin.



The Westin Memphis Beale Street
170 Lt George W Lee Ave
Memphis, TN 38103

For reservations please call 800-937-8461 by January 28, 2013, mention you are with Civil War Trust for the group rate.
Group rate: $150++/night

Please understand the hotel has strict early departure and no show policies and fees. If you forget to cancel your hotel room and don’t show up you will be charged one night’s room rate and tax. You must cancel your hotel room within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival date. If you leave earlier than your scheduled departure date you will also be charged one night’s room rate and tax. Late check-out fees may also apply.

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