CWT Chickamauga 2018- After Action Reports

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Somehow, it's hard to get the events of the past weeks off my mind
Me too. For the past 2-3 days I have been thinking about our morning at the hotel and afternoon in Ringgold on Friday. That was fun. Not that the other days weren't fun,but that one has been standing out in my thoughts lately for some reason. We had to adjust a little for the weather but that day turned out exactly the way it was supposed to. I just now remembered our quick stop at Subway for lunch. After your excellent presentation at the hotel,we had to build in a lunch break. Some of our members were/are diabetic and couldn't just do hardtack and coffee on the march. Ringgold was fun. First time we were all together in the field. I knew a lot had happened in Ringgold during the war but there was a lot I didn't know. Wish the whole gang had made the trip to Resaca afterward. Still don't know what everyone who didn't go to Resaca did that afternoon.
 

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I visited Chattanooga National Cemetery in June 2016 but only had a short time there. I was there for the Hood's Texas Brigade Association Re-activated 2016 tour of Chickamauga. It was a tour bus tour and we based out of Chattanooga. I didn't have a rent car. Our tour officially ended on Friday night and I had an early afternoon flight out the next day. That Saturday morning I took a cab to Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery then to Chattanooga National Cemetery. Luckily,the cab driver dropped me off at the gate next to the Andrews' Raiders Monument. I was on foot,it was hot and I only had a little over an hour there. I might've covered a 1/4 of it.

On this trip @Buckeye Bill and @KLSDAD and I went to the National Cemetery on 10/25 after hitting Orchard Knob first. Prior to the trip,a return visit to the National Cemetery wasn't even on my itinerary. I didn't think there would be time for it. Bill made a convincing case for our eventual itinerary that day,so there we were and I am glad we went. Our last stop was the Cemetery Administrative Office,mainly for a DNA deposit :D, but also because that is where the Cemetery markers usually are. Learned something new. It says that Gen. George Thomas established Chattanooga National Cemetery on 12/25/1863. The more I learn about Gen. Thomas,the more respect I have for him.

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Couple of my pictures from Chattanooga National Cemetery. The Andrews' Raiders Monument in the distance,then the Raiders' graves close up.

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bdtex and JamesN. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of the various tour stops during your recent excursion. I am so glad to hear that everyone who attended this event had a tremendous time. I wish I could have attended but I had numerous responsibilities to occupy my time. Perhaps next time. David.
 

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I visited Chattanooga National Cemetery in June 2016 but only had a short time there. I was there for the Hood's Texas Brigade Association Re-activated 2016 tour of Chickamauga. It was a tour bus tour and we based out of Chattanooga. I didn't have a rent car. Our tour officially ended on Friday night and I had an early afternoon flight out the next day. That Saturday morning I took a cab to Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery then to Chattanooga National Cemetery. Luckily,the cab driver dropped me off at the gate next to the Andrews' Raiders Monument. I was on foot,it was hot and I only had a little over an hour there. I might've covered a 1/4 of it.

On this trip @Buckeye Bill and @KLSDAD and I went to the National Cemetery on 10/25 after hitting Orchard Knob first. Prior to the trip,a return visit to the National Cemetery wasn't even on my itinerary. I didn't think there would be time for it. Bill made a convincing case for our eventual itinerary that day,so there we were and I am glad we went. Our last stop was the Cemetery Administrative Office,mainly for a DNA deposit :D, but also because that is where the Cemetery markers usually are. Learned something new. It says that Gen. George Thomas established Chattanooga National Cemetery on 12/25/1863. The more I learn about Gen. Thomas,the more respect I have for him.

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DNA deposit!

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Getting close to this thread playing out. After our tour ended that Sunday,I had 2 stops to make before I turned in my rent car. The first was Silverdale Confederate Cemetery in Chattanooga. God bless the SCV Camp that maintains it. It is surrounded by development,some not well maintained,and would be lost without the SCV. I was not sure what to expect. I had seen a picture of the arch at the entrance but that was about all I knew.

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The grounds of the cemetery are pretty big and surrounded by a brick wall but the few gravestones there are all just inside the front gate. About halfway into the cemetery and on the left side is a fairly new Order Of The Southern Cross monument.

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Final stop was Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery. I had visited it in June 2016 but some of my pictures didn't turn out good and I wanted a do-over and wanted to be there on a day when a little breeze was blowing. There are 2 Union soldiers from Michigan(I think) buried there.

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That's about all I've got. What a fun trip. CWT members from Arizona to the UK and all points in between gathered and had a good time. No animals were injured either as far as I know. :D It's about time to start planning our next excellent adventure.
 

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That's about all I've got. What a fun trip. CWT members from Arizona to the UK and all points in between gathered and had a good time. No animals were injured either as far as I know. :D It's about time to start planning our next excellent adventure.
Totally agree Bobby, we had a great time and can't wait for the next one.
Just about to add some more of my pics , didn't want to jump in until you had finished posting yours.
 

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Just about to add some more of my pics , didn't want to jump in until you had finished posting yours
I was hoping some others would ante up and kick in.
 

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After leaving the CWT 2018 tour we were looking for somewhere to stop off as a break on our drive down to Andersonville.
Fortunately we picked up a flyer advertising the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville.
https://boothmuseum.org/exhibitions/ Besides the numerous Native American Sculptures and paintings throughout the building there was a large exhibition room full of Civil War paintings, besides all the Don Troiani's classics, I'm afraid I didn't make a note of all the other various artists shown.
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An amazing place and well worth the visit. They even had a small book shop where I managed to pick up David A. Powell's 1st book in the Chickamauga Campaign ' A Mad Irregular Battle' . I had been looking in all the book shops for just that one .
 

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Wow - Mike and I considered going here since we stayed nearby at the Allatoona Inn only a short drive south. We also ate at a very good restaurant in downtown Cartersville, but it was afterhours for the museum. Since we only had a vague idea of what was included in the exhibits, we decided to forgo it the following day. Had I known all those original Troiani's were there I would've made the effort!
 

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Last May,Dave Roth of Blue & Gray Magazine was the recipient of the annual Vandiver Award from the Houston Civil War Round Table and flew to Houston in May to accept the award. A few of us socialized with him afterwards at a local watering hole and I've stayed in contact with him via email since then. Nice guy. I emailed him on Christmas Eve to wish him and his family a Merry Christmas. I told him about our gathering and about James N. ,@Buckeye Bill and I arriving with a stack of B&Gs on Chickamauga,Chattanooga,Dalton,Resaca etc. He got a kick outta that.
 

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Such a wonderful trip and a great group of people! I am now pleased to call each and every one a friend. We shared some really memorable experiences together. Some struck out on their own to make more memories - before, afterwards, or both.

I've been thinking about the next trip and wondering if perhaps we should plan plan to offer a couple of optionals? Maybe a 1/2 day prior and/or 1/2 day after? For the optional/add-ons, we might not even have an "offical volunteer tour guide." But I think visiting with a group of like-minded enthusiasts is something people would enjoy. Seems our Chickamauaga group formed some fast friendships during the less structured times. Like @Desert Kid and @Drew who had the opportunity to visit the gun collection at the visitor center with @ucvrelics.com . And those who went to Resaca on Friday @bdtex @KLSDAD and @Buckeye Bill Just something to consider for future planning.
 
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