Sherman Takes Atlanta
Join two great hosts - OLLI at Bradley University and The Peoria Historical Society - as we take our third Civil War tour - this time to Atlanta!
Learn about the Atlanta Campaign, a series of battles fought throughout northwest Georgia and the area around Atlanta during the summer of 1864. On our trip, we will study the Civil War in the Western Theater and the roles of the commanding generals especially Major General William T. Sherman, the leader of the Union Army. As always, you can count on great learning opportunities and the chance to visit a variety of related historic sites.
As we depart from Peoria and travel to Nashville, we’ll enjoy a “soldier’s breakfast” before we begin our exploration of the Atlanta Campaign. After a night in Nashville, we’ll tour an Antebellum home. On the way to Chattanooga we will visit the Stones River National Battlefield and Fort Rosecrans. In Chattanooga we’ll relive the battle of Chickamauga while visiting the Chickamauga battlefield.
As we move toward Atlanta, we’ll learn about the battles of Dug Gap, Resaca, New Hope, Dallas, Picketts Mill, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, and Atlanta. We will visit the Atlanta Cyclorama, which provides a panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864. We’ll take a full-day side trip to see the location of Andersonville (also known as Camp Sumter), which is most famous for being a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp. Additional sites on this trip may include Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum, Atlanta aquarium, Belmont Mansion, and the Battle for Nashville. We may even have a few surprises along the way.
September 4 - 11, 2012
Bernie Drake, former President of the Peoria Historical Society Board of Directors, has led several trips for the Peoria Historical Society and has taught many Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) classes. Bernie was our instructor for the 2008 and 2009 tours of Presidential Museums and the recent trips to Gettysburg (2010) and to Vicksburg (2011). Bernie is a very popular and knowledgeable OLLI instructor, and he always contributes much to our understanding of the sites we visit.
Sue Manley, Conference Services Director in Continuing Education, will make all the arrangements so that you travel worry free! Peoria Charter Coach will handle transportation for the group.
• $1,499 per person for double occupancy
• $1,799 per person for single occupancy
The cost includes lodging, all admission fees, charter bus transportation, gratuities, informative presentations, and most of the meals.
To reserve your seat, submit a $500 deposit by March 15. The balance will be due June 1. Please note that you must cancel your reservation by May 15 if you wish to receive a full refund.
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