Fort Sumter — 2018

It was time for our ferry ride. Off to Fort Sumter we went in the late afternoon. Sumter if famous for the ‘opening’ blows of the Civil War. As a matter of course, it has a Civil war museum on-site and a bookstore (very modest and small, but a definite hit with the tourists looking…

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Patriots Point: Yorktown — 2018

After spending the morning at the aquarium, we headed over to Patriots Point. We bought some tickets for the tour of Fort Sumter which involves a ferry trip that leaves from Patriots Point. While we waited for the ferry we took a tour of the carrier Yorktown. Yorktown is a famous name from Pearl Harbour/War…

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South Carolina Aquarium — 2018

The SC Aquarium is intended to showcase all of the animal life in South Carolina from the sea coast, to the lowlands and black-water rivers, and up into the highlands near the Appalachian mountains. We spend a few hours touring the facility and taking a couple of ‘special’ tours to talk with animal curators and…

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Charleston/Tallahassee/Savanah 2018 — Trip Launch

For our Fall 2018 Camping trip, we chose to take a lowland (alligator) tour of the South-East US. Peter and I picked up a van and packed all of our camping gear and headed south. We travelled by way of Pittsburgh and West Virginia, stopping overnight just short of the Shenandoah Valley. The next morning…

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Fort Donnelson – 2018

For our final trip from our base at NBF state park, we headed north to Fort Donelson. This (along with Fort Henry — now under the water of Kentucky Lake) was the battle that started U.S. Grant on the path from relative obscurity to the becoming the Lieutenant General in command of all Union forces….

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Shiloh National Battlefield – 2018

During our stay at NBF State Park, we made a day-tour south to the Shiloh National Battlefield. Even folks who haven’t learned much about the Civil War have probably heard the name ‘Shiloh’. Mostly from exposure to too many Western movies :-). The battle was fought between U.S. Grant and A.S. Johnston, During the battle,…

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Nathan Bedford Forest State Park 2018

After our tour of the Parthenon, we headed west to the Nathan Bedford Forest State Park. This park is a great little park with some excellent campsites right on the western edge of Lake Kentucky (Tennessee River, but a flooded section). We arrived in time for ‘Willow Fly’ season and there were *thousands* of them…

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Nashville 2018

I’ve been through Nashville more times that I can remember, but I’ve never stayed in the city. This was about to change. After our tour of Stones River, we headed to Nashville and Opryland. Trust me, we had no interest in Opryland, but the hotels are plentiful and cheap. We did try to go to…

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Stones River Battlefield 2018

Departing Cloudland Canyon, we headed north to Nashville. On the way, we stopped in at the Stones River Battlefield. Stones River (or sometimes 2nd Murfreesboro) was another battle fought between Rosecrans and Bragg, but earlier than Chickamauga. Rosecrans was marching out of Nashville to force Bragg out of Tennessee but Bragg struck him first. Bragg…

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Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield 2018

On our third day at Cloudland, we decided to make a long(ish) trip south to Marietta (just north of Atlanta) to visit Kennesaw Mountain and the Civil War battlefield. This park is a set of fragments preserved long after the Civil War after much of the mountain had become the site for homes of the…

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