The Civil War: Chickamauga to Charleston

Chickamauga to Charleston

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 last chapter of our Civil War trilogy, covering the war’s final two years in the South, but ending where it all began: at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

At a glance

What: The Civil War: Chickamauga to Charleston

When: Apr 1-9, 2017

Cost: $2,899


Tour Leader: Doug Whittle

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

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What you'll experience

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This will be another extraordinary educational journey, beginning in Chattanooga, Tenn., and concluding in Charleston, S.C., visiting the battlefields of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, followed by visits to Kennesaw Mountain, Dunlap Hill, Walnut Creek, and Fort Sumter. Additional stops at the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Ga., site of the infamous Confederate prison camp, Fort Jackson in Savannah, Ga., and Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston will provide background and insights into the war behind and beyond the battlefields as well. You will be joined by expert guides and historians who will bring these events to life as you walk the grounds and experience firsthand the ebb and flow of the battles and sieges that were waged between the Union and the Confederacy.

Your tour will begin in Chattanooga, with a ride on the Tennessee River aboard the River Gorge Explorer to get a sense of what an assault on Lookout Mountain entailed, and then follow that up with tours of the battlefields of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge. From there you will head south toward Macon, Ga., stopping at Kennesaw Mountain, Dunlap Hill, and Walnut Creek; small battles that help make sense of the big picture. From there a stop at Andersonville provides a sense of the abject horror of war beyond the battlefield.

Concluding our journey on the Atlantic coast, we tour the beautiful downtown area of Savannah; walk the grounds and the living history exhibits at Boone Hall Plantation; see the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a warship in battle before disappearing itself for more than a hundred years; and, of course, ride a ferry to Fort Sumter to see where the whole thing began on April 12, 1861.

This is going to be another fascinating learning experience on some of the most storied ground in the United States. Expert guides, historical reenactors, 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 1

  • Fly to Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Afternoon guided boat tour on the Tennessee River Gorge Explorer
  • Dinner and overnight in Chattanooga

April 2

  • Guided tour of the Battle of Chickamauga
  • Dinner and overnight in Chattanooga

April 3

  • Guided tours of the Battle of Lookout Mountain and the Battle of Missionary Ridge
  • Dinner and overnight in Chattanooga

April 4

  • Guided tour of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
  • Depart for Macon, Ga., with tours of the Battle of Dunlap Hill
  • The Battle of Walnut Creek, and Ocmulgee National Monument en route
  • Dinner and overnight in Macon

April 5

  • Andersonville National Historic Site
  • Camp Sumter Military Prison
  • National Prisoner of War Museum
  • Depart for Savannah, Ga.
  • Fort Jackson
  • Dinner and overnight in Savannah

April 6

  • Guided morning tour of Savannah
  • A free afternoon to explore Savannah
  • Dinner and overnight in Savannah

April 7

  • Depart for Charleston, S.C.
  • Fort Sumter
  • Boone Hall Plantation
  • Dinner and overnight in Charleston

April 8

  • Charleston
  • H.L. Hunley
  • Civil War Walking tour
  • Dinner and overnight in Charleston

April 9

  • Depart for home


General Information: Everyone is welcome to join us.

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

Price-$2,899/person based upon double occupancy, plus air. This price includes all lodging, all transportation, all entry fees, all guides, daily breakfasts, all dinners, and all university staff services. Single supplement is $577.

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 air arrangements, please contact us beforehand to confirm available space on the trip. Thank you.



Chattanooga, Tenn.: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
Macon, Ga.: Marriott Macon City Centerampton Inn
Savannah, Ga.: Country Inn and Suites
Charleston, S.C.: DoubleTree by Hilton

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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