Civil War: The Western Theater

Part 2 of our Civil War Trilogy! Begin with a free day in Nashville, then visit the battlefields of Franklin, Nashville, and Shiloh before moving south into Mississippi to the grounds of Corinth, Brice's Crossroads, Tupelo, and the siege of Vicksburg. Accompanied by expert historians, the ebb and flow of this seminal American conflict comes alive in a manner that you will never forget.

At a glance

What: Civil War: The Western Theater

When: Ap 11-18, 2016

Cost: $2,399

Tour Leader: Doug Whittle

For additional information, contact: Doug Whittle» 608-263-7787 or Kim Seymour» 608-262-3731.

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From 1860-1865 the United States of America was locked in a bloody conflict between northern and southern states that would determine the future of the Union. Join UW-Madison for the second trip in our Civil War trilogy, covering the war’s Western Theater and the events that led to Grant’s rise to command of the entire Union Army.

This will be another extraordinary educational journey, beginning in Nashville, TN, and concluding in Vicksburg, MS, visiting the battlefields of Nashville, Franklin, Shiloh, Corinth, Brice’s Crossroads, Tupelo, and Vicksburg! Joined by Civil War Historian Thomas Cartwight, these events will be brought to life as you walk the grounds and experience first-hand the ebb and flow of the battles and sieges that were waged between the Union and the Confederacy.

Your tour begins in Nashville, TN, where you'll visit the battlefields of Franklin and Nashville, while also enjoying a free day to experience the offerings of Music City USA! From there you will travel to Shiloh, the bloodiest battle in American history, later surpassed by the battle of Antietam.

From Shiloh your journey carries you into Mississippi; first to Corinth, a strategic point at the juncture of 2 vital railroad lines that Grant would use as his base of operations in his attempt to control the Mississippi Valley; and then to the sites of Forrest’s brilliant tactical victory at Brice’s Crossroads; and the fierce battle to protect Sherman’s supply lines at Tupelo.

Rounding out your educational experience is a tour of the brutal Siege and Battle of Vicksburg, where Grant effectively cut the Confederacy in half by finally taking this stronghold on the Mississippi River.

This is going to be another fascinating learning experience on some of the most storied ground in the United States. Expert guides, historical re-enactors, fine southern cookin’, and friendly companionship; this is American history at its finest and most engaging.

You don’t want to miss this one!


April 11

  • Fly to Nashville 
  • Afternoon guided tour of the Battle of Nashville
  • Tour of the Lotz House
  • Dinner at Cock of the Walk

April 12

  • Free day in Nashville, TN!

    Our hotel is within walking distance of Ryman Auditorium, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Honky Tonk Row, and much more.

    Hop on-Hop off bus pass included (17 stops and more than 100 points of interest!)

April 13

  • Guided tour of the Battle of Franklin
  • Dinner at Loveless Cafe

April 14

  • Depart for Shilo, TN
  • Guided Tour of the Battle of Parker’s Crossroads
  • Afternoon guided tour of the Battle of Shiloh
  • Dinner at Hagy’s Catfish Hotel

April 15

  • Full day guided tour of the Battle of Shiloh
  • Dinner at Freddy T’s

April 16

  • Depart for Mississippi
  • Guided tours of the Seige and Battle of Corinth, and the battles of Brice’s Crossroads
  • Dinner on your own at Cracker Barrel

April 17

  • Guided tour of the Seige and Battle of Vicksburg
  • Dinner at On the Mississippi

April 18

  • Depart for airport and your flight home


General Information: Everyone is welcome to join us.

You will enjoy the company of expert Civil War historian Thomas Cartwright, and we provide comfortable, private transportation throughout the trip. Please understand that walking is necessary in order to properly visit these historical sites.

Price-$2,399/person based upon double occupancy, plus air. This price includes all lodging, all transportation, all entry fees, all guides, daily breakfasts, five dinners, and all university staff services. Single supplement is $553.

Airfare is not included in this price. Upon receipt of your deposit our travel agent will be available to assist you with your flight arrangements if you wish, regardless of your point of origin. If you plan to make your own hand to confirm available space on the trip. Thank you.



Downtown Nashville, TN: Holiday Inn Express
Pickwick Dam, TN: Hampton Inn
Vicksburg, MS: Hampton Inn

Questions about this trip or other upcoming Educational Travel destinations? Contact Doug Whittle, 608-263-7787,, or Kim Seymour, 608-262-3731,

Registration: To register, complete the registration form and mail it to:
Kim Seymour
Educational Travel Program
21 N Park St., 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715

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