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Civil War Day Tour from Memphis

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Civil War Day Tour from Memphis

One Person:  $800
Two Persons:  $405 each
Three Persons:  $270 each
Four Persons:  $205 each

Pick-up time 8:00 am
Return time:  8:00 pm

 Prices Include:

  • Private Car & Driver 12 hrs
  • Admission to Crossroads Museum Corinth
  • Visit Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
  • Tour of Shiloh National Military Park
  • Stop in La Grange, TN

 Not Included are lunch and gratuities for the driver

8:00 am – 10:00 am depart Memphis and drive to Corinth, Mississippi. (97 mi / 156 km)

10:00 am – 10:45 am you will get the opportunity of touring the Crossroads Museum, which is located at the famous Crossroads where the Memphis & Charleston and the Mobile & Ohio railroads made Corinth the most strategic transportation hub during the Civil War, the museum sits only a few feet from the original tracks. Visitors can get a glimpse of the historic crossroads from the safety of the museum’s interior gallery.  Home to many artifacts detailing the history of Northern Mississippi, the Crossroads Museum offers permanent exhibit items featuring Civil War relics, depot and railroad industry displays, fossils, American Indian artifacts and aviation memorabilia.  Adjacent to the museum sits a Civil War cannon and carriage. The cannon was used during the Battle of Shiloh.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm tour the Civil War Interpretive Center interprets the key role of Corinth in the Western Theatre of the American Civil War.  The 15,000 square foot facility features interactive exhibits, a multi-media presentation of the Battle of Corinth and the Battle of Shiloh.  The center stands near the site of Battery Robinett, a Federal fortification, where some of the bloodiest fighting took place.  Four unknown Confederate soldiers are also buried at the site.  On the grounds, full scale reproductions of earthworks explain the importance of field fortifications.  An extensive courtyard exhibit is home to a water feature commemorating two hundred years of American history.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm stop at Borroum’s Drug Store & Soda Fountain (Mississippi’s oldest operating drug store & soda fountain) for lunch on your own.  The store has survived the time change. It is now 129 years old.  The old soda fountain is still very much in the center of things and is kept in perfect operation.  It has everything from ”real” malted milks to their famous ice cream sodas. Of course there are the cherry phosphates and “genuine” old fashioned cokes.

You should try a local favorite, the Slugburger.  During the Depression years, diner cooks sought to stretch ground beef to get more burgers per pound.  Originally these hamburgers were made using potato flour as an extender.  Originally they cost only 5 cents and at that time a nickel was called a slug.  Today, the beef mixture contains soybean grits.  The slugburger is made into small patties, which are fried in canola oil.  They are traditionally served topped with mustard, dill pickles, and onions on a small 5-inch hamburger bun.

The store has a museum area where some of the original cobalt blue dispensing bottles with the gold leaf labels and the medicinal names written in Latin are displayed along with pharmaceutical scales with amethyst balances, medicines and other antique paraphernalia, including a tiny mid-wife spoon for measuring portions of medicines. It also has a large Indian artifact collection on display.

 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm drive to Shiloh National Military Park. (25 mi / 40 km)

 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm tour Shiloh National Military Park.  Visit the sites of the most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in a bloody contest that resulted in 23,746 casualties; more casualties than in all of America’s previous wars combined. Explore both the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields to discover the impact of this struggle on the soldiers and on the nation.  Shiloh National Military Park contains a wide array of historic sites. In addition to the battlefield of Shiloh itself, the park contains a separate unit at Corinth, Mississippi, that preserves and interprets the Siege and Battle of Corinth.   Located within the boundaries of Shiloh Battlefield is also a United States National Cemetery, which contains around 4,000 soldiers and their family members. A National Historic Landmark in its own right, the Shiloh Indian Mounds are also located with the park boundaries.

See Shiloh: Fiery Trial, a the new 48-minute NPS documentary film on the Civil War battle fought at Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, in April 1862.   Fiery Trial captures the story of this decisive two-day battle both from the perspective of its commanders and the common soldier. Filmed entirely on location on Shiloh Battlefield, this epic movie utilizes 50 horses, 10 artillery batteries, and over 350 re-enactors, who fired over 24,000 rounds of ammunition during the production. These volunteer living historians immersed themselves in the story to produce the most accurate depiction of the battle ever captured on film. Fiery Trial provides an excellent orientation to this critical event in American history, but with a depth and a level of historical precision that will satisfy any serious scholar of the first major Civil War battle in the western theater.

 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Shiloh to LaGrange.  (58 mi / 94 km)

 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm Stop in beautiful La Grange.  At the onset of the American Civil War, La Grange Tennessee was a thriving community of over 2,000 inhabitants. Known for its culture, society and education, La Grange became a country seat for the wealthy citizens of Memphis, who built their elegant antebellum homes on the bluffs overlooking the Wolf River. What made La Grange geographically desirable to the newcomers, unfortunately, also made it strategically vital to both the Union and Confederate armies.  Today LaGrange is a small community of less than 150 persons.

Situated on a high bluff, La Grange commanded a view well into Mississippi, its neighbor to the South. It is said on a clear day; one could see the town of Holly Springs, twenty-three miles in the distance. The Memphis & Charleston Railroad ran through La Grange, continuing three miles to the east and the town of Grand Junction, where it bent sharply southward towards Corinth, Mississippi. Providing the only rail-line running East and West, the Memphis & Charleston Railroad was essential for shuttling troops and supplies.  After the defeat at Corinth, Van Dorn fell back on Holly Springs, establishing an outpost at La Grange to protect the rear of his army. For their own safety, many of the wounded Confederates were sent to the rear of the army, some making their way to La Grange.

As you enter LaGrange the first beautiful home you will see on your right is Woodlawn Plantation, built in 1828.  It was used as the headquarters of General Sherman.  There are street signs with the names of the homes and the years they was built.  The two housed down on the right is Hancock Hall, built in 1857.  This was used as the headquarters of General Hulbut.  In his memoirs, General Grant spoke highly of the owners, who invited him to dinner.  None of these beautiful homes are open for touring, but you are welcome to stop and take photo’s.

Continue into downtown and stop the LaGrange General Store on the corner of Main St & Hwy 57.  It is only open on Sat mornings, but peer through the windows into a time of the early 1900’s.  Continue around the corner to see the Episcopal Church on Second St.  During the war it was used as a hospital for union soldiers.  Today the front wall was covered in concrete to hide the bullet holes.  Before leaving town, you will take a short drive through the LaGrange Cemetery.

 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm return to Memphis. (54 mi / 87 km)

Terms & Conditions: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express. Cancellations less than 30 days before arrival will incur penalties of $25.00 per person plus any supplier fees. Cancellations less than 14 days are non-refundable.

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