Civil War Sesquicentennial: The Confederacy’s Last Hurrah
Sailing along the Mississippi River, explore battlefields and museums, and engage in lectures and discussions as you learn how the American Civil War informs the nation’s identity today
Rating (5)
Program No. 21289RJ
10 days
Starts at
Getting There
See travel details and required documents

At a Glance

Embark on a classic Mississippi River voyage that immerses you in the story of America’s Civil War. On expert-led field trips and during presentations aboard the steamboat, you’ll delve into the political and strategic aspects of the war but also the personal side, learning what it was like to live in a nation at war with itself.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile per day. Flat terrain with some occasional stairs, ramps are available at most locations.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey to Shiloh National Military Park, site of one of the Civil War’s most dramatic, deadly battles.
  • Discover the lovely Carnton Plantation and learn its Civil War story.
  • Explore the battlefield and learn about the Battle of Spring Hill, as part of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of the Civil War.
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
Roger Dammarell
Roger Dammarell is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable fellow who spent 33 years in the radio business — he achieved his goal of working in San Francisco, the country’s fourth-largest radio market — before leaving the crowded freeways behind and falling in love with his new home in Corvallis, Ore. He has since developed an affinity for the world of educational travel and is a favorite Road Scholar Group Leader.
Profile Image
Roger Dammarell
Profile Image
Richard McMurry
Suggested Reading List
View 15 books

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback