Seminar Schedule of Events
Those in town on Friday afternoon are invited to visit lovely Boxwood Manor (409 South Main Street, Greeneville) the private residence where Longstreet and his staff stayed. Between 3 and 5 pm, by special arrangement, we can tour the first floor of this 1855 home. This is a private residence and has never before been open to the public. Sounds like a great opportunity. We'll meet you there.
6 pm to 7:30 PM
Then we'll meet again when our regular program begins on Friday evening at 6 pm at the Dickson-Williams Mansion at 108 N. Irish Street, Greeneville. Here we will be treated to a wine and cheese reception and the unveiling of the Longstreet historical marker. Then we'll walk or drive individually the 0.2 miles (see map below) to the General Morgan Inn where all other seminar activities take place--including Friday night presentations, a Saturday preview and silent auction.
Overview of the Saturday tour and the war in East Tennessee at General Morgan Inn at 111 No. Main Street, Greeneville TN with Tim Massey and Mike Beck. Also, we will look at the East Tennessee Bridge Burnings, the death of Gen. John Hunt Morgan, and President Andrew Johnson. Also, Dan Paterson, Longstreet's great grandson, will treat us to a slide presentation about the family. Dessert will be served.
Breakfast at General Morgan Inn
Bus leaves hotel. We will pass through the Blue Springs battlefield the largest battle in East Tennessee, and Bulls Gap, an area prized by both sides.
Arrive at the Clinch Mountain Overlook for a mountaintop view of the valley in which Longstreet’s men engaged the enemy during the Battle of Bean Station. We will be joined by Bean Station historian Ken Coffee for the short drive down the mountain to the battle site and the cemetery where Longstreet’s troops killed in battle are buried. Beck and Coffee will give us the details of the battle in and around Bean Station.
Historic Bethesda Church which Longstreet’s men used as a hospital. Some of Longstreet’s men are buried in the cemetery.
We will spend the greater part of the afternoon at the General Longstreet Museum in Russellville. It is here Gen. Longstreet billeted from December 23, 1863 to Jan. 27, 1864. He would relocated his headquarters to Greeneville on February 26.
Back to Greeneville following part of the old roads that Longstreet’s men followed in 1864. We will see the Lick Creek valley where Longstreet’s men camped. We will drive by the Bridge Burners Park. This park is dedicated to the Union men that were hanged as part of a Union plan to invade East Tennessee.
The Longstreet Society Annual Dinner with guest speaker Michael Hardy (NC Historian of the Year) He will have his new book on East Tennessee & Western North Carolina in the Civil War. Hardy will look at the time General Longstreet was in the area.
Helen Dortch Longstreet Award presentation.
Silent Auction concludes.
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