CWT Invades Vicksburg 2019 Tour - the official thread

Will you be attending the CWT Invades Vicksburg 2019 Tour?

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Jul 21, 2015
Houston,TX area
I like the one I got already!
So do I,but if my Civil War ancestors were Union troops I'd be just as proud and wanna show 'em off just as much. I'm hoping they'll be well-represented at our gathering this October. I couldn't find any good lanyards that were strictly Union Civil War-themed so I got the next best thing.

Ole Miss

Sergeant Major
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Silver Patron
Dec 9, 2017
North Mississippi
I wanted to bump this to remind everyone of the upcoming event and to add I just received permission from the Travel Committee Director to extend my stay for the Vicksburg Conference/Invasion! I will be checking in Thursday, October 24th!!! Who sez begging doesn't work?
Invades Vicksburg, Mississippi
20th Anniversary Members Meeting
Thursday,October 24th and/or Friday,October 25th-Sunday,October 27th,2019

You are invited to join us as CWT invades Vicksburg, Mississippi to celebrate CWT 20th Anniversary. We have put together a Great weekend package filled with events that explore the history of Vicksburg and The Civil War.

Tours include the Old Courthouse Museum and Confederate Soldiers Rest Cemetery. A complete tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park to include tour stop presentations by some of our members, a nice box lunch picnic (weather permitting) at the USS Cairo picnic area. Our members' dinner Saturday night at the Beechwood Restaurant right near the hotel, and a Sunday morning trip to the south end of Vicksburg and Grant's Canal.

Our hotel package includes a FREE Deluxe breakfast each morning and a FREE Manager's Social each evening in our CWT War Room. For the early arrivals we have a trip planned to the battlefield at Raymond, Ms the morning of the 25th.

So make your plans now to join us for what promise to be a GREAT Weekend of Civil War Talk.
(see full itinerary for complete details). This year's planning committee is @ucvrelics , @lelliott19 and myself @bdtex .


Host Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites
3330 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183

Phone: 601-636-6100 or Book On-Line and make sure you us group code CWT

Room Rate: $125 per night and includes Free Deluxe Breakfast each morning with a Managers Social every evening in our CWT Meeting Room. Free WI-FI and parking are included.

RESERVATION Methods: For reservations call 1-800-HAMPTON and state you are with the group code CWT, or go online to and enter group code CWT. Reservations must be received by September 1st, 2019 thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space available basis only at our rack rate of $145.00

GUARANTEE & PAYMENT: Individual credit cards are required when making reservations.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancel 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid charges to credit card.

We have a room block of 10 rooms for Oct. 24th - 27th and 20 rooms blocked for Oct: 25th – 27th. We have it setup with a 48-hour cancellation so that you can book early to lock in your room and if something happens you can cancel at no cost. ALL ROOMS BOOKED AFTER SEPTEMBER 1st WILL BE BOOKED AT $145.00 per night. So, Book Your Room Early.

SPECIAL NOTE: Raffle Tickets will be give out at the USS Cairo stop on Saturday and a drawing will be held at our dinner that night. Some lucky member will win a Civil War Witness pen made from wood recovered from the USS Cairo.


Thursday Oct. 24th (Early Arrivals Optional) 10 room block.

Check In 1:00pm (Free Time)

5:00 pm get together in our CWT War Room for Manager’s Social and discussion of Friday morning trip to Raymond.

AM Friday, Oct 25th (optional)

6:00 am. Breakfast in our CWT War Room and leave for Raymond battlefield and some relic hunting. Member @alan polk will guide a private tour of the Raymond battlefield. Afterwards, member @ucvrelics will take those interested on a relic hunt on privately owned property he has access to, with landowner permission. If you have a metal detector, feel free to bring it along. If not, don’t worry, we will have loaners. Leave Raymond NLT 12:15.

PM Friday Oct. 25th (Regular Arrivals)

1:00 pm: Official Kickoff: CWT Invades Vicksburg. Gather in the War Room. Travel to Old Court House Museum.

3:30 pm: Cedar Hill Cemetery (Confederate Soldiers Rest)

6:00 – 7:30 pm: Gather in the War Room for Manager’s Social provided by hotel for meet, greet, and seat. There will also be a briefing of the plans for Saturday tour of the VNMP. Give out menus for McAlister Deli for box lunch choice and payment.

Oct 26th Vicksburg National Military Park - All Day.

7:00 am. Breakfast in our CWT War Room. Go over the day’s plan again for anyone who missed it.

8:15 am. Meet and tour VNP Visitors center.

9:30 am – 1:00 pm. Park Tour (north end) with presentations at certain stops by members.

1:00 pm Lunch break at picnic area located at the USS Cairo. Very Nice Box Lunch provided by McAlister’s Deli located by the restaurant. Pass out raffle tickets.

2:00 - 3:30. Tour USS Cairo

3:30 till Finish of park tour to south end Railroad Redoubt and Fort Garrott with presentations at certain stops by members.

5:00 – 7:00 Mangers Social in the CWT War Room.

7:30 pm. Members Dinner. NEARBY the hotel. Beechwood GREAT Food & Place

A drawing will be held at dinner (raffle tickets given at the USS Cairo stop) and the lucky winner will receive 1 of only 5 witness pens made from wood recovered from USS Cairo.

Sunday Oct. 27th

7:30 am: Gather in our CWT War Room for breakfast.

8:00 am: Tour south end of Vicksburg to 4 VNPS sites that aren’t in the park.

Travel south down Confederate Ave to see all the markers and breast works. Stops at:

South Fort

Louisiana Circle

Navy Circle

Grants Canal: With members presentation. (This is a must see!)

12:00 am Return to hotel, say our Good Byes, checkout and go home.



1st Lieutenant
Mar 22, 2009
Collierville, TN
I am interested in this guided tour of Vicksburg. I would like to see some of Champion's Hill but I know that may take too much time for what there may be to see there.

It is still a little to early to know if I can attend. I wasn't sure if @Ole Miss was involved in the planning of the tour.

I need some kind of assurance that @Ole Miss will allow me to stop and pay my respects to General Lee.

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1st Lieutenant
Mar 22, 2009
Collierville, TN
Great, Looking forward to meeting you and you can stop and pay your respect to Gen Stephen D Lee. In fact if you wanted you could do a presentation on him at one of the stops.
Uh-oh! I went and opened my big mouth.
I'm always eager to talk about "my" General Lee. There is a lot to say about him so I'm sure I could come up with a 5-minute talk. But I will be handicapped without a PowerPoint projector. There is always the option of using a Handout.
We can discuss. First let me clear my calendar for those dates.
Feb 18, 2013
Hoover, Alabama
Just finished these 4 books ( the Shelby Foote book covers Vicksburg in Chapter 4, The Beleaguered City ). All great reads.
As there are only 174 days left before our get together, does anyone have any further recommendations.

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The Guide to the Vicksburg Campaign (U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles Volume 6) covers the entire campaign and is used by the U.S. Army War College on Staff Rides to the Vicksburg Battlefields.

rebel brit

Sergeant Major
Feb 7, 2013
United Kingdom
The Guide to the Vicksburg Campaign (U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles Volume 6) covers the entire campaign and is used by the U.S. Army War College on Staff Rides to the Vicksburg Battlefields.
Many thanks, although not available in the U.K I've found a copy on at a reasonable price , so number 1 on my wish list.

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