On the afternoon of Friday, July 3, 1863, following an intense artillery barrage, 11,500 Confederates from Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia began to march across the gently undulating farm land between Seminary Ridge and Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg. In so doing, the men of Pickett’s Charge stepped into the realm of legend.

No other military maneuver in...

The present site of Atlanta was on the frontier between the Creek and Cherokee Indians. The first non-native settlement was Fort Peachtree in 1813. In 1836, the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western & Atlantic Railroad to link the port of Savannah and the Midwest. The location where the line would terminate developed into a...

Within a few weeks after Robert E. Lee drove away the Federals who had besieged Richmond in 1862, he extended his theater of operations northward. Stonewall Jackson, the hero of the Shenandoah Valley but an enigmatic failure around Richmond, moved his half of the army into Orange County to counter the emerging new threat posed by John Pope’s “Army...

We enthusiastically announce our 2016 Gettysburg All-Star Conference & Tour, which promises to be outstanding! And for the first time, we have installed a one-day in-hotel conference as a part of this high-octane event. Designed for serious yet fun-loving students of the Gettysburg Campaign, our program will include a Friday tour led by...

On Thursday evening, July 28, in historic Lexington, Virginia, we will convene the second annual gathering of the ROBERT E. LEE FELLOWSHIP. This year’s program will focus on Lee during the years after the Civil War. Fellowship president Jay Jorgensen will open the proceedings with a report on the Fellowship and will offer Some...

Our late August tour will follow first in the footsteps of George Washington and his regiment of Virginians who set out into the untamed wilds of Southwest Pennsylvania in 1754 to enforce the British claims on the region against the French. After an overview at our base hotel in Greensburg, PA on Thursday evening, we will set forth on Friday to visit ...

In December of 1777, George Washington and his army limped and straggled into their winter encampment at Valley Forge, a force that had failed to withstand the force of the elite Queen’s army twice in battle at Brandywine and Germantown two months earlier. Not only was Washington forced to give up the colonial capital of Philadelphia to the British, his own leadership had come under...

Following his crushing defeat of John Pope’s hapless Army of Virginia at the Battle of Second Bull Run, Robert E. Lee elected to take his Army of Northern Virginia northward across the Potomac River in an effort to bring the ravages of war to Northern territory. In early September 1862, the Confederates began their invasion of Maryland, opening it with a complex operation to remove the...

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Great Cities of American History: ATLANTA & Environs Ready to GO!

We've put the final touches on our Atlanta tour. We have a superb tour team: noted historian/author Richard M. McMurry, a native and resident of the Atlanta area; Gail H. Bell, veteran guide of downtown Atlanta; and our multi-talented tour manager, Valerie J. Smith. 

New Addition to our 2017 Sarasota History Conferences

We are pleased to announce the 1st Annual Sarasota Native-American History Conference to be presented in January 17-18, 2017!  The Native-American Conference will be hosted by Jay Wertz, award-winning author and the author/editor of "The Native American Experience."

What's New

  • ANDREWS' RAIDERS & THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE Tour NOW OPEN - ENROLL before MAY 15 and SAVE $32.50.

  • LAST CALL to ENROLL for JUNE'S GETTYSBURG ALL-STAR CONFERENCE & TOUR - WE'RE ALMOST FULL

    Friday tours will concentrate on SHARPSHOOTERS - Sunday AM tour on SECRETS OF LITTLE ROUND TOP. Saturday's Conference topics are UNUSUAL & INTRIGUING.

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  • WHAT A LINEUP we have for the Second Annual Gathering of the ROBERT E. LEE FELLOWSHIP:

    James I. "Bud" Robertson, Richard M. McMurry, Jay Jorgensen,  Stephen Lee Ritchie, Nora Brooks and Robert S. Conte!

    The ...

  • PHOTO ALBUMS from our GREAT CITIES: Savannah & Beaufort, and CHATTANOOGA Tours

    See the sights from Savannah and ...

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