Civil War Battlefields Along the Mississippi and Its Tributaries

Float along the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers on a historic paddleboat from Chattanooga to Memphis, stopping at significant Civil War battlefields in charming port towns.
Rating (5)
Program No. 23278RJ
11 days
Starts at
11 days
10 nights
29 meals
10B 9L 10D
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At a Glance

In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, known as the "Gateway to the Deep South." Follow in the soldiers’ footsteps as your historic paddle wheeler carries you along the Mississippi and its tributaries and delivers you to Civil War battlefields. Begin and end in the fascinating cities of Chattanooga and Memphis, and stop at quaint river towns to learn about the local economy and culture. Find out how these rolling rivers played an important role during the Civil War, and learn about the relationship between the Padoucca Indians and the European settlers who colonized these charming riverside ports.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the home of Helen Keller in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to learn about her life and contributions to the world, and discover the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
  • Join a local expert for city explorations of Chattanooga and Memphis before and after your voyage along the Mississippi.
  • Take a field trip to Shiloh Battlefield to learn about one of Civil War’s largest and bloodiest battles fought there in 1862.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front
by James Marten
346 pages, a very readable work with extensive quotes from primary accounts
The Sultana Tragedy: America's Greatest Maritime Disaster
by Jerry Potter
Battle Cry of Freedom
by James McPherson
A one volume overview of the Civil War that is one of the best.
Hidden History of Chattanooga
by Alexandra Walker Clark
The enigmatic hills and woodlands of the Chattanooga area are a sanctuary of history, and the hometown of author Alexandra Walker Clark. Clark has chronicled the history of her hometown for the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga History Journal, and in this collection she combines some of her favorite stories to take readers behind the scenes for a fascinating look into the unique history and culture of the region. Absorb the city's rich ethnic diversity, travel down to the hallowed battlefields of Chickamauga and Fort Oglethorpe and grasp the compelling legacy of the Cherokee. This and so much more lies ahead in Hidden History of Chattanooga.

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