* OFFICIAL *
- Mar 15, 2013
photo by @Gettmore
What a great day! It's always fun to explore Civil War sites with others who share a similar interest but today was extraordinary. It was a great day weather-wise for traipsing around some of the sites of the Knoxville/East Tennessee campaign, but it was the collective knowledge and enthusiasm of the group that made this day so special.
@uaskme and I had the pleasure of touring some of the sites with @Norman Dasinger Jr back in December 2020, but there were some spots that we didn't see on that trip, and others that I wanted better pictures of. Some of the places I wanted to go aren't in areas where I felt comfortable, so @uaskme kindly agreed to accompany me. Then we posted an invitation here to see if anyone else wanted to go. The group included @uaskme @RLowe @Gettmore and his wife, Donna, @Seduzal and his wife Aretha, @midnitelamp and me.
We were so blessed to have @RLowe join us and volunteer to provide the overview of the campaign this morning [see OP photo] I had previously missed a complete understanding of the convoluted politics and rationale for sending Longstreet away from Chattanooga and to Knoxville. Ed is super knowledgeable and he was well-prepared with an easy to understand narrative and primary sources to support and demonstrate that decision making process. My favorite part was the correspondence he quoted between Bragg and Longstreet. Some of that was hilarious! Ed's thorough and crystal clear overview certainly helped me to "connect the dots." Thank you @RLowe
@Gettmore and his wife Donna joined us too. In case you haven't seen his photographs here at CivilWarTalk, he is a fantastic photographer. What a blessing to have him volunteer to take professional quality photographs of the places we went today! He took 102 photos and after editing and whatnot, he will post the best photographs of our trip for you all to see. Here's a sneak peek. He took this one of me at the Second Presbyterian Church at the site of Col. William P. Sanders' mortal wounding.
I don't usually get pictures of myself at civil war sites. I'm usually the one taking the pictures and I really wanted one at the site of Sanders' mortal wounding. Thanks @Gettmore
It was a memorable and truly enjoyable day. I just wanted to give a partial report and let you know that more pictures from the lens of @Gettmore will be coming soon!