Chickamauga/Chattanooga Muster Itinerary

The schedule so far...

Pre-MUSTER activity
Thursday, June 14, 2001

7:00 PM - Join us for a dinner cruise on the Tennessee River aboard Chattanooga's Southern Belle Riverboat! 

MAP needs to know how many Musterers will be arriving early and would like to take advantage of this opportunity to cruise the scenic Tennessee River on the climate controlled Southern Belle!  It's $31.00 per person (20 or more) for the Dixieland Dinner Cruise which includes cruise, dinner, tax, gratuity, coffee, iced tea and dessert. 

To reserve your spot on the Belle, contact !

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Riverbend Boarding From June 9 - 17 For Dinner Cruises Will Be In A Different Location Due To A Local  Festival.  If you reserve a spot with MAP, she'll be in touch with specifics about where to board.

PLEASE NOTE!  6:30 PM is time for DEPARTURE. Boarding occurs 30 minutes earlier. Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone. Sailing based on conditions permitting

~Cruise Update from MAP!~

It seems there are some changes due to the festival.  We must go to an alternate boarding site/parking lot "across the river".  However, there is a perk involved.   Read on...
We'll need to leave the motel parking lot around 5 p.m. that evening as boarding begins at 6 p.m. for the cruise.  It will take us a bit of extra time to get there as the usual boarding site cannot be used due to the 10 day Riverfront Festival that will be occurring and we have to "cross the river" to get to the alternate boarding site/parking lot.  We set sail at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner of Prime Rib and Shrimp Creole while enjoying the music of the riverboat band.  The cruise ends @ 9 p.m. and will make a stop at the area where we boarded by the parking lot for those wishing to head back to Fort O. at that time.  However, the perk is that there are three choices to extend the evening at the Riverfront Festival.  Those wishing to remain will be given a free admission wristband or ticket of admission to the park where the activities are taking place.  No, you won't have to swim to get across the river to get there to hear Jo Dee Messina perform her evening concert! *Final nominations for the 2001 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced and Jo Dee is up for Top Female Vocalist of the Year.* You can choose to stay on board the riverboat which will cruise to the other side of the river near the festivities.  At this time, you can 1) debark to attend the concert in person or 2) stay on board to view it on TV monitors.  Another option is to get onboard their "Party Barge" which will have large screen TV's and be cruising "near the action".  The concert should end around 11 p.m. at which time all will reboard the riverboat for a 15 minute ride back to the original boarding site/parking lot and from there it's back to Fort O.
Friday, June 15, 2001: 

Our very own slnj and CWgal, aka Steve Lieberum and Colleen Mohr, have graciously agreed to show us the CW sites of Chattanooga! After an early roll call at the front desk of our motel, we'll work out a carpool and head for the hills...or the Ridge as the case may be.

We'll start at the motel in Ft. Oglethorpe and drive the length of Missionary Ridge from Rossville at the southern end to the Sherman Reservation on the northern end. 

Updated tour time line from slnj & CWgal - 5/14

Our hosts for Chattanooga, slnj and CWgal!
slnj & CWgal
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8:00 AM  SHARP!!  -  leave motel
8:15 - 8:45 - Bragg's Reservation--Bragg's Headquarters and the location of the breakthrough of Thomas' AoC on Missionary Ridge
9:00 - 9:30 - Sherman's Reservation  
-- The ground where Cleburne's Division held against 7 divisions of Sherman's Troops
9:45 - 10:15 - Orchard Knob
-- Location of Grant and Thomas as the AoC climbed Missionary Ridge
11:00 - 12:00 - Lunch -
Chattanooga Choo Choo
12:30 - 1:00 - Incline ride up 
Lookout Mountain
1:15 - 1:45 - Electric Map
2:00 - 2:45 - Visitor Center (free 15 min. narrative) and Point Park  
3:00 - 3:45 - Craven's House - Main fighting of Hooker's Corps for Lookout
4:00 - 4:30 - National Cemetery

This plan should allow plenty of time to get back to the motel to freshen up and rest before dinner.  It will also leave us plenty of time for any unforeseen delays.  If we finish by 4:30 and some want to go back to the museum, we can always do that as a last minute decision while others  go back to the motel as they wish. 

Friday's dinner  will be at
7:00 PM (or so...MAP will update us on time closer to the event) at the historic Gordon-Lee Mansion Bed and Breakfast.  The only structure remaining from the battle of Chickamauga, the mansion was headquarters for General Rosecrans and his chief of staff (and future president) James E. Garfield for the 3 days  prior to the battle.  During the battle the home was used as a federal hospital. 

Please register early and let us know the number to expect for dinner and a tour of the Mansion.   The cost is $30.00 per person for the dinner and tour. Most groups utilize casual dress. 

Saturday, June 16, 2001
7:30 AM :  After another early morning reveille we'll have  some options for eats.  The Best Western provides a complimentary breakfast, but we're told it might be best to "eat light"  or pass if you're a donut lover.  Some of the Musterers  will want to join AoT at a local donut shop that he vows no trip to Fort Oglethorpe would be complete without.  Those wishing to sample these delectable delights should meet at the motel front desk to travel in search of said donuts.  Then...
And on Saturday and Sunday we're with AoT!
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8:00 AM :  Roll call at the Chickamauga Visitor Center for a day of touring Chickamauga Battlefield Park  under the tutelage of S. D. Wakefield, aka AoT.   Anyone who has toured a battlefield with AoT realizes  he knows his stuff and that there is little to nothing  we won't see and learn about regarding what occurred on the fields at Chickamauga.  It seems futile to give any more of an itinerary for the day's events than this.  As you prepare for this full day of learning and touring, please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sightseeing, bring along some bug spray, and wear comfortable shoes.  You can trust you are in good hands with AoT in command of our troops on the field. 

 LUNCH -2:00 PM:  Park Place Restaurant, 2891 Lafayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga, located 500 yards north of Chickamauga Battlefield Park entrance on Route 27.  They promise good old home style cookin' in a buffet choice of Chicken Fried Beef Steak with cream gravy or Char grilled Chicken Breast served with a choice of three vegetables from a selection of green beans, creamed potatoes, baked apples, coleslaw and carrot/raisin salad.  A beverage is included as is a choice of homemade cobbler or pie for dessert.  Total cost is $12.30 per person including tax and tip.

Saturday night:  After time to rest and brush off the Chickamauga dust, we'll meet for a very casual evening around the pool at the Best Western.  We have reserved use of the motel's poolside hospitality room.  We'll order pizza, kick back and enjoy the camaraderie.  It's a BYO party, and we will ask you to pitch in to help pay for the food as well. 

Sunday, June 17, 2001

TBA :  Before retiring from the poolside party Saturday evening (or Sunday morning!), those wanting to continue  Chickamauga touring  will agree on a suitable hour for reveille on Sunday.   We'll meet in the lobby of the motel to "step off" once again for the Visitors' Center.  There we'll look around, do some shopping at the bookstore,  then tour the Lee-Gordon Mill and other sights as time and individual schedules permit.

We trust you will find this itinerary to your liking.  This is a "rain or shine" event.
Pray for "shine"!

Please feel free to join us for any and all of the events as planned.
We just can't spell out a successful

MUSTER without U included!!

MAP & GenP

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