American Civil War – The Blue & The Gray

American Civil War – The Blue & The Gray

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American Civil War – The Blue & The Gray

13 Days Starting and ending in Atlanta, GA, USA

Visiting: Atlanta, Chattanooga, Museum Street, Corinth, Shiloh, Franklin, Atlanta History Center, Road To Tara Museum, Andersonville National Historic Site, Savannah, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Charleston

Tour operator:

Leger Holidays

Tour code:

kacbg

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English
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Tour Overview

One of the defining historical moments of the USA's history, the American Civil War is the costliest and deadliest war ever fought on American soil. On this tour, we discover key battlefield sites throughout the southern states, as well as visiting some of the most important museums related to the subject on this brand new battlefield tour.

Highlights

  • One of the defining historical moments of the USA's history, the American Civil War is the costliest and deadliest war ever fought on American soil

  • Discover key battlefield sites throughout the southern states, as well as visiting some of the most important museums related to the subject on this brand new battlefield tour.

  • Visit the Crossroads Museum at The Historic Depot to further understand the crucial role, that a strategic transportation hub played in the Civil War.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Travel To Atlanta

Location: Atlanta

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Drury Hotel Atlanta

Meals Included: No Meals

Fly to Atlanta where you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 : Chattanooga

Location: Chattanooga

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Fairfield Inn & Suites

Meals Included: No Meals

Follow in the footsteps of General William T. Sherman’s Union Army 1864 to 1865 march through the Confederacy with our first stop at the Battlefields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga.


It is here on September 20, 1863, at Chickamauga and later, on November 23, 1863, at Chattanooga, that 'the death-knell of the
Confederacy' was rung, setting the scene for Sherman’s march to the Sea. Both sides fought desperately for control of Chattanooga as it was known as the 'Gateway to the Deep South'.

The Confederates were victorious at Chickamauga, however, renewed fighting in Chattanooga provided Union troops victory and final control of the city.

Today, we meet our local expert guide and relive this epic struggle between Union Major General William Rosecrans and Confederate General Braxton Bragg at Chickamauga, which resulted in more than 34,000 casualties, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. We stay in Chattanooga for two nights.

Day 3 : Chattanooga Museum & The National Cemetery

Location: Museum Street

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Fairfield Inn & Suites

Meals Included: No Meals

Union forces routed Confederate troops in Tennessee at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, known collectively as the Battles for Chattanooga.

Join our local expert guide and immerse yourself in the historic battle that took place on Lookout Mountain, called the 'Battle Above the Clouds'. Ride up the mountain on the Incline Railway and take the short walk to Point Park, where Union soldiers surprised Confederates by sneaking up the mountain during an unusually thick fog.

We then check out the Battles for Chattanooga Museum, a newly renovated visitor centre, for a 3-dimensional presentation of the battle. We then pay our respects at The National Cemetery, which Major General. George H. Thomas, 'The Rock of Chickamauga', issued General Orders No. 296 to create a national cemetery in commemoration of the Battles.

Day 4 : Corinth

Location: Corinth

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hampton Inn

Meals Included: No Meals

Today we bid farewell to Chattanooga and cross over the state line into Mississippi and the town of Corinth. For six months in 1862, Corinth became a critical railroad junction and second only to Richmond in military importance, and hence the battle of Corinth captured the full attention of a divided nation.

One of the National Park Service’s newest visitors’ centres interprets the key role of Corinth in the Western Theatre of the American Civil War.

Next, we visit the Crossroads Museum at The Historic Depot to further understand the crucial role, that a strategic transportation hub played in the Civil War.

We stay overnight in Corinth.

Day 5 : Battlefield Of Shiloh

Location: Shiloh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Drury Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Returning to Tennessee, we explore the Battlefield of Shiloh this morning. Located on 4,000 acres overlooking the Tennessee River, 151 monuments, 217 cannons and over 450 historic tablets mark America’s best-preserved battlefield and the site of the Civil War’s first major combat in the Western Theatre.

Fought April 6 - 7, 1862, the Battle of Shiloh (also known as Pittsburg Landing) gave Federal General U.S. Grant his sternest test and witnessed the death of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, the highest-ranking American ever killed in combat.

We then continue towards Nashville where we stay overnight south of the city in preparation for our next historic visit, The Battle of Franklin.

Day 6 : Franklin

Location: Franklin, Atlanta

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Doubletree Northlake

Meals Included: No Meals

Franklin, Tennessee witnessed five of the bloodiest hours in all American history on November 30, 1864.

Join our guided walking tour as we hear how Lieutenant General John Bell Hood, frustrated that his Confederate Army of Tennessee had let a large Union force escape from Columbia the night before, ordered an all-out frontal assault against the Union fieldworks at Franklin.

The Southerners advanced across an open field, enfiladed in places by artillery from Fort Granger across the Harpeth River. Many of their Union opponents were armed with repeaters, yet they nearly broke through near the centre of the Union line, only to be repulsed at a cost of 6,200 casualties.

Following the tour, we continue onto Atlanta, Georgia where we stay overnight.

Day 7 : Atlanta

Location: Atlanta

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Doubletree Northlake

Meals Included: No Meals

Today we visit the battlefields close to Atlanta.

First, we see Pickett’s Mill Battlefield, where on 27 May 1864, the new commander of the Union Army, General William Sherman’s advance was halted. Almost 25,000 men fought the terrain, the heat, the fear and each other in an area that became forever known as ‘the hell hole’.

We will tour the major Confederate defensive works on Kennesaw Mountain. Ordered by Grant to bring the Confederate Army to battle, Sherman sent his troops against strong opposition at Cheatham Hill.

Repulsed, bloody, with losses of 4 to 1, and under threat of removal from command, he flanked Johnston’s position and continued his drive to Atlanta.

We continue on to our hotel in Atlanta where we will stay for two nights.

Day 8 : Atlanta History Centre

Location: Atlanta History Center

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Doubletree Northlake

Meals Included: No Meals

We take a break from battlefields today to visit the recently restored and relocated 'Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama' at the famous Atlanta History Centre.

This immense circular painting depicts The Battle of Atlanta that occurred on July 22, 1864, and the building contains many Civil War artefacts as well as “The Texas” locomotive.

This afternoon we travel to Stone Mountain with its huge carvings of southern heroes Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson and take the cable car to the top of the monolith where magnificent views of hundreds of miles of Georgia countryside await.

Day 9 : Road To Tara Museum & Andersonville Prisoner Of War Camp

Location: Road To Tara Museum, Andersonville National Historic Site, Savannah

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Fairfield Inn & Suites

Meals Included: No Meals

A Civil War trip to the South is not complete without mention of the film 'Gone with the Wind' so this morning we visit the Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro GA.

Whether you're a Gone with the Wind fan or history buff, the Road to Tara Museum boasts items from the famous movie and book along with artefacts from the Civil War.

See the progression from the real history of the Civil War's Atlanta Campaign and the 1864 Battle of Jonesboro to Margaret Mitchell's and Hollywood's interpretation through Gone with the Wind.


We continue towards Savannah but not before a detour to the infamous Andersonville Prisoner of War Camp.

Although only in operation for fourteen months, out of the 45,000 Union soldiers imprisoned there, nearly 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding or exposure.

We continue to Savannah, where we will stay for two nights.

Day 10 : Savannah & Fort Pulaski

Location: Savannah, Fort Pulaski National Monument

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Fairfield Inn & Suites

Meals Included: No Meals

"...I beg to present to you as a Christmas Gift, the City of Savannah with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition and also about 25,000 bails of cotton..." so read Union General William T. Sherman's telegram to President Lincoln written on December 22, 1864.

Join your local guide for a walking and coach tour of the city as we explore the events of the Federal Occupation.


In the afternoon we visit Fort Pulaski where, in 1862, the Union army asked Colonel Charles Olmstead, commander of the Confederate garrison, to surrender, but he refused.

And so began the siege of Fort Pulaski, where Union troops used state-of-the-art guns, among them the new James Rifled Cannon and the Parrott Rifle, in a 30-hour bombardment of the fort until it was penetrated, and the Confederate commander surrendered.

The siege became a historic experiment of military science and invention, and a case against military masonry construction.

Day 11 : Charleston

Location: Charleston

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hampton Inn

Meals Included: No Meals

Today we cross into South Carolina and the city of Charleston where the Civil War erupted on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on Fort Sumter, the Federal fort located in Charleston Harbor.

Our first stop, however, is the Warren Lasch Conservation Center for one of the most unique visitor experiences available in Charleston – The Hunley. On February 17th, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history with the sinking of the USS Housatonic.

After completing her mission, she mysteriously vanished, only to be rediscovered in 1995 and raised in 2000. Immerse yourself in the history of this remarkable vessel and her crew and discover the fascinating discoveries resulting from forensic science, archaeology, and conservation.

This afternoon we take the ferry out to Fort Sumter, the focal point in time marking the start of hostilities between Union North and Confederate South.

We stay overnight in Charleston.

Day 12 : Travel To Atlanta

Location: Atlanta

Meals Included: No Meals

Today we travel towards Atlanta for our flight home via Ehrhardt SC. Rivers Bridge State Historic Site Battlefield marks the site of one of the Confederacy’s last stands against General William T. Sherman’s sweep across the South. Of all the Civil War Sites in South Carolina, the Battle of Rivers Bridge is the only one in the State Parks system that is home to a preserved battlefield.


Our Ranger-guided tour will walk us the 3/4 -mile trail of one of the most well-preserved Civil War sites in South Carolina, which includes still-intact earthen fortifications.


We then transfer to Atlanta airport for your return flight.

Day 13 : Return Home

Location: Atlanta

Meals Included: No Meals

Arrive back in the UK.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of convenient joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Yes, airport transfers are included

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

What's Not Included

Accommodation

Throughout your holiday, you will stay at the hotels detailed below, or similar.

You  will stay for one night  at the Drury Hotel Atlanta, GA Airport, two nights at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chattanooga West Lookout Mountain, one night at the Hampton Inn Corinth, one night at the Drury Hotel Franklin, three nights at the Doubletree Northlake Atlanta, two nights at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Midtown Savannah, GA and  one night accommodation at the Hampton Inn Summerville/Charleston, SC

Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    On Leger Coach Holidays, your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • What type of coach will be used?

    You will travel on either our Luxuria Coach or our Silver Service Coach

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Fully escorted by our experienced drivers/crews. And in most towns and cities we either include or offer optional sightseeing tours with expert local guides to help you get the most from your visits.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport transfers are included on any Leger Air Holidays

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Return flights are included on any Leger Air Holidays

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Some tours carry a supplement for solo travellers, please ask for details if the Single price is not shown

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Sole use of your own room on all Single Traveller holidays: means you still get your privacy and time out from the group.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Battlefield Tours - Will it be possible to visit a particular cemetery whilst on the tour?

    Please contact us and we will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

Reviews of this operator

Gary White (Google Reviewer)  

Just got back from a...

27-May-2024

Just got back from a holiday with leger holidays to callea spain which my wife done as a surprise for my 60th and wedding anniversary together my wife and i had a great time the coach journey there was excellent regular stops for toilet breaks and a stretch. Our two drivers Geoff and katrina were brilliant serving regular drinks and making the trip pleasant all the people on the coach were pleasant the hotel in spain was so nice the best we've stayed in lovely staff lovely bar the guy at the bar was great really friendly nice room. Overall our journey there and our return journey was brill the only thing that was not good at all was the ibis hotel on the return journey the room was horrible not a nice breakfast not polite French staff. Not really interested in trying to speak some english if i was leger should try and use a different hotel. Once again a big thank you to Geoff and katrina well done guys for making our holiday lovely. Hope to see you on another holiday soon

Will (Google Reviewer)  

I went on the 4...

05-Jan-2024

I went on the 4 countries trip and swiss glacier express and overall it was a great trip. The coach I was on was silver service, it was tidy had nice seats and other accessories such as charging points and headsets which was very handy. The drivers Alex and Dave were fantastic, very kind, funny and respectful throughout the whole trip and a pleasure to talk to. The excursions were very pleasant and all ran very smoothly. The hotels were decent and offered a good service. I overall very much recommend leger holidays.

Sally Matson  

Excellent customer service

10-Jan-2023

Booked our ‘Christmas in Austria & Scenic Trains of the Tyrol’ through George on the customer Helpline. Nothing was too much trouble, everything clearly & patiently explained. He even had permission to log in on his day off to finalise the sale! A charming and helpful young person and a credit to the company.

Euan Donald (Google Reviewer)  

Been on two tours now...

10-Oct-2023

Been on two tours now the “D Day beaches” and “ All Quiet on the Western Front” tour of the Somme and Ypres. Both four days in total, two travelling and two on the site of the various battles. This is outstanding value for money, picked up from Carlisle , Cumbria and literally looked after all the way through the tours. The coaches are great and the accommodation spot on . The guides are very knowledgeable ( Mark Hope brilliant guy)and the bus drivers professional . Absolutely fantastic .

Sue Sinfield (Google Reviewer)  

Due to covid it was...

21-Jul-2022

Due to covid it was 3rd time lucky for us to visit lake Garda, what a treat. One or two hiccups but no fault of Legers at all. Praise to Graham and Chris for their excellent driving and coffee service. Our visit to Verona, our guide was very informative but did walk at a pace sometimes had to hurry to keep up. A lovely holiday

Michael Stephen Shilleto   England

Four Countries New Year & the Swiss Glacier Express

07-Jan-2024

Firstly we must thank Alex and Dave our tour guide / drivers who entertained us through out . The tour was fantastic so was the hotel’s food and entertainment. The tour was through the new year holidays as expected lots of shops closed and hotels were understaffed which was lost on some travelers. We travelled back from stop 24 on a luxuria coach I would recommend paying the extra for the comfort alone

Roy Williams (Google Reviewer)  

Great company. We did the...

03-Apr-2024

Great company. We did the 4 day D Day Normandy Landing tour.We had 2 great driver's John and Ian.. Nothing was a problem for them. They kept us safe and entertained.Then we had Fred Greenhow as our guide And he was outstanding. He told us everything we wanted to know. Can't praise them enough Thank you all. We will do more tours with them......

aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

just returned from a solos...

25-Mar-2024

just returned from a solos break to valkenburg and rhine valley i enjoyed the break overall although both journeys were considerably longer than expected due to several picks ups. I could have done without the 3 countries meeting point excursion to be honest and the lunch on rhine cruise was very basic. The drivers/couriers were efficient and good humoured and provided free lunch vouchers on the ferry which were much appreciated. I probably would book another break with leger but to somewhere a lot closer to home.

Mary Elmhirst (Google Reviewer)  

I was told by a...

19-May-2024

I was told by a customer service advisor (Michael) , our hotel overlooked the River Seine, which was totally untrue. It was nowhere in sight and a good walk to get to it. My view from the hotel room was a wall and a window, There was no porterage available and although our drivers offered, after a 15 hour journey to France, we all opted to take our own luggage. To get into the shower there was a step to it and the floor of the shower was like an ice rink when wet, with nothing to hold onto. ( I showered wearing my slippers to avoid slipping). The plunger to the sink was unusable; (the lever to retrieve it was broken). The staff were pleasant and helpful, the bed was comfortable and clean abd the breakfast was worthy of the 3 stars given. Otherwise, I have stayed in a better 2* hotel in France. The driver and travel rep, Paul were both very friendly and pleasant but it was the first time Paul had been on this trip and therefore had little knowledge of the places we visited! There was no commentary and the history of Monet and Versailles was read out from a book! All in all, nothing would persuade me to take part in another Leger tour.

TU  

Many thanks to Molly.

03-Jan-2023

I have recently booked a trip to Le Mans and had the good fortune to speak to Molly. She was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. She was able to answer all but one of my queries with clarity and promised to ring me with the answer to the un-answered question as it required further investigation. This she duly did. An unusually pleasant experience when making a booking over the phone, if only it could be this easy every the time.

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