November 10, 2013. We are still on track for the Historical Walking Tour that I will be conducting on Missionary Ridge in and around the Sherman Reservation on November 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM.
Expect the walk to take two hours. I will be available longer after the event. The walk will be on paths, roads, and through the field of the reservation so you will need to wear walking shoes. The distance is approximately 1.5 miles and there is a slight grade to the walk. The tour will take place rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather conditions of the day.
There are no latrine facilities at the reservation or nearby. Please bring water or snacks that you might need but remember to take your trash with you.
Parking is very limited so please carpool as much as your group can and do not leave valuables in your automobile. The area has a higher crime rate than normal suburbia. Remember that weapons are not allowed on Federal property.
We will have a "No Host" gathering at a yet to be determined restaurant in downtown Chattanooga after the tour. Please let me know if you have any questions.
October 23, 2013. ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION!!! Significant Change to the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Missionary Ridge!!!
The Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park has totally changed the programs from years past to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the battle around Chattanooga. I have included a link for these programs.
They will have a park ranger (not Chief Historian Jim Ogden) at the Sherman Reservation. As a result, I will be conducting my own in-depth program on Sunday, November 24, 2013. This will be the same program I have conducted in the past but with added detail.
I will have additional details out by next Monday but the initial plan is to link up at Sherman's Reservation at 1:00 PM, November 24th. Please let me know if you have any questions.
June 3, 2013. I have received no feedback or commitments from people interested in a gathering of descendants in August 2013 and as a result of the lead time for allocating resources, work schedules, and scheduling of events we will not proceed with a Vicksburg gathering. We will gather in November to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Missionary Ridge.
March 4, 2013. ANNOUNCING!!!! 39th Georgia Descendants 2013 (1863) Sesquicentennial Gatherings. The first would be in Vicksburg, Mississippi and the other would be Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
October 8, 2012. Announcing the 149th Anniversary Historical Walking Tour of the Battle of Missionary Ridge! Chattanooga-Chickamauga National Military Park Chief Historian Jim Ogden and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Cumming's Brigade Historian Gerald Hodge will lead a two hour walking tour (November 25, 2012, 2 - 4 PM) of the Tunnel Hill/ Sherman Reservation area of Missionary Ridge Battlefield looking at the ill-fated attacks by Union Major General William Sherman on the carefully positioned and entrenched Confederates of Patrick Cleburne's and Carter Stevenson's divisions. We'll walk the ground to describe a portion of the Southern line and look at how the Confederates dealt with the series of Union attacks on November 25, 1863. This program begins at the Sherman Reservation on Lightfoot Mill Road, just off Crest Road on Missionary Ridge.
This event is free to the public and is presented as an 149th Anniversary program by the National Military Park. Please be prepared for inclement weather and expect to walk.
November 21, 2009, Saturday, 1:30 PM: Over the River and Through the Woods to Missionary Ridge: Grant and Sherman's Main Effort at Chattanooga- "Attack the Confederate right flank northeast of Chattanooga and drive the rebel army southward and into North Georgia." That was the mission assigned to Major General William T. Sherman by the overall Union commander in the Chattanooga area, Ulysses S. Grant. It was intended to be Grant's main strike at the Southerners arrayed outside of Chattanooga too. But, to accomplish this, Sherman had a number of obstacles before him, most notably a river and a significant wooded ridge. Join Park Historian Jim Ogden and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Historian Gerald Hodge for a two hour car caravan tour of some key points associated with Sherman's execution of Grant's main effort. The tour will examine the Tennessee River in the area of Sherman's crossing, progress up onto Missionary Ridge as Sherman did and discuss the Confederate reaction. This program begins at the Tennessee Riverpark Fishing Park on Amnicola Highway just downstream/west of the C.B. Robinson Bridge.
November 22, 2009, Sunday, 1:30 PM: Park Historian Jim Ogden and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Cumming's Brigade Historian Gerald Hodge will lead a two hour walking tour of the Tunnel Hill/ Sherman Reservation area of Missionary Ridge Battlefield looking at the ill-fated attacks by Union Major General William Sherman on the carefully positioned and entrenched Confederates of Patrick Cleburne's and Carter Stevenson's divisions. We'll walk the ground to describe a portion of the Southern line and look at how the Confederates dealt with the series of Union attacks on November 25, 1863. This program begins at the Sherman Reservation on Lightfoot Mill Road, just off Crest Road on Missionary Ridge.
This event is free to the public and is presented as an anniversary program by the National Military Park. Please be prepared for inclement weather and expect to walk.
08 September 2009: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!, Weekend November 21-22, 2009: I am pleased to announce a historical walking tour conducted by myself and the Chief Historian for the Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Military Park, James Ogden III, at Sherman Reservation, time and day will be refined in the coming weeks. This walking tour will focus on the fighting on the north end of Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863 and will include the actions of the 39th Georgia Infantry and Cumming's Brigade. This event is free to the public and is presented as an anniversary program by the National Military Park. Please be prepared for inclement weather and expect to walk.
09 August 2009: A page for Missionary Ridge has been created and numerous links added to the "Links" page. The "Friends" page is being phased out and people are being encouraged in joining the Facebook page.
02 August 2009: The website is being revamped over the next couple of weeks. We just celebrated our ninth year on the net and technology has changed drastically so in an effort to keep up I have added a BLOG and a FACEBOOK page. I also added a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) page and cleaned up the "Links" page, deleting dead links and adding a couple of new links.
01 August 2009: My Master's Thesis entitled Free or Dead: Loyalty, Desertion, and Will in the 39th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment has been completed, grade, and returned with a grade of an "A." I intend publish it sometime in the next six months.
TRIBUTE TO SUE FORRESTER:
I want to give me heart felt sympathies to the family of Sue Forrester. Sue has been the Dade County historian and genealogical "GO TO" person for many years. Her and her husband have been friends of my Dad's for many years and she helped me with getting to know my roots and understanding Dade County much more. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with cancer back in May of 2005. Now she is getting to know all of those Warriors and their sainted families first hand. God Bless her and her family. She is missed.
10 October 2005: I have added over two dozen names to the "Crossing Over Jordan" page since the January update. Thanks to all the vigilent descendants and historians who, like myself, take to the time to walk the cemeteries looking for those that have gone on before us.
24 January 2005: I have been out of the net since the spring of 2004 due to other duties but have been plugging at research when I could. During my return trip from a military school I attend at Carlisle Barracks, PA for fourteen weeks last summer, I was able to able to do research at the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA; the National Archives in Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. I was able to spend a full day at each of the locations and gather a tramendous amount of material on and supporting material for the regiment. The National Archives was particularly interesting although I was unable to look at the original material because of demolition work on the floor with the Confederate War Records. Work Continues.... Today I added four names to the "Crossing Over Jordan" page and two names to the "Friends" list.
15 April 2004: I had the privilege to speak to the Dalton Civil War Roundtable and it was very productive. It was my distinct honor to meet several descendants of the regiment and I hope I was able to help them with their questions. I spoke on the macro-level about the regiment and used several vignettes to illustrate my points. I spoke for two hours and formally answered questions for about twenty minutes and informally after the meeting for about thirty minutes. My wife and I felt very welcomed by the Roundtable and want to thank Mr. Marvin Sowder for the invitation and the personal tour of the Hamilton House to show me the Regimental Flag for my first time, and Sergeant Manning's rifle and one of the surviving drums again.
24 March 2004: Updated the "Crossing Over Jordan" page with ten resting places of deceased heros.
8 February 2003: The Whitfield/Murray County Historical Society in conjunction with the Dalton Civil War Roundtable purchased the Mississippi Rifle belonging to Margeman Manning, Company C from a gun dealer at the Dalton Civil War Show today. I was able to hold the rifle and examine it for a few minutes. It will soon be on display with the drum and the battle flag of the regiment at the Hamilton House in Dalton, Georgia. Another exciting milestone for our historical preservation!
6 March 2003: Jim Martin was gracious enough to contribute the animated flags to the web site. His web site, Jim's Flags, has an excellent selection of animated flags. Thanks Jim for your creative abilities and providing me with the flags.
16 December 2002: A page has been created for one of the drums of the regiment. Please check back occassionally for updates.
9 December 2002: One of the drums of the 39th Georgia will be on display on 14 December 2002 at the Murray County Library in the Genealogy Room. After that time it will be on permanent display at the Hamilton House of the Whitfield-Murray County Historical Society. The drum was recently acquired from a museum in Pennsylvania and returned by the gracious folks. We are proud to have it back in loving Southern hands. I plan on being there in the afternoon. See a picture of the drum on the Picture/Photo page. If you have not corresponded with me since August 2001, please update your email and mailing address with me. Thanks.
1 December 2002: The historical walking tour at the Missionary Ridge was a complete success. My current count is 8-10 descendants showing up for the tours. Thanks to the Cureton's, Daniel's, and Roark's for their participation. The Chief Historian at the NMP told me that the event had set a record for attendance. The tour had a total of 47 participants. Thanks again and we do plan on doing it again next year.
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!, 25 October 2002: I am pleased to announce a historical walking tour conducted by myself and the Chief Historian for the Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Military Park, James Ogden III, at Sherman Reservation, November 23, 2002, at 3:00 P.M. This walking tour will focus on the fighting on the north end of Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863 and will include the actions of the 39th Georgia Infantry and Cumming's Brigade. This event is free to the public and is presented as an anniversary program by the National Military Park. Please be prepared for inclement weather and expect to walk.
Sherman Reservation is on the northern portion of Missionary Ridge in East Chattanooga. You may want to verify the directions in relationship to where you are coming from. If you orient on the intersection of Lightfoot Mill Road and North Crest Road you will see the sign and cannot miss it. When using any driving directions or map, it is a good idea to do a reality check and make sure the road still exist, watch out for construction, and follow all traffic safety precautions.
16 October 2002: I have added 5 names of soldiers on the "Crossing Over Jordan" page and a link to the Captain James Franklin Harris Family Tombstone Dedication web site. This is very exciting because one of our own descendants helped arrange this event. This is a well put together group of photos and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Kevin Dally is a descendant of Privates Alexander Thornton and Margemen Manning of Company C. Thanks Kevin for your hard work and devotion to duty.
10 August 2002: I have added 6 names of soldiers on the "Crossing Over Jordan" page and several names to the "Friends" page.
27 April 2002: I have added 46 names of soldiers on the "Crossing Over Jordan" page.
07 September 2001: I have added 22 names of soldiers on the "Crossing Over Jordan" page, and last week added several new pictures to the "Pictures" page. More to come.
23 May 2001: I have added 34 names of soldiers on the "Crossing Over Jordan" page, a photo of the surviving Regimental Drum on the "Photo" page, and a lot of "Friends."
11 April 2001: I have updated the links page that now includes a Family Sites section. I have made a separate page for awards because it began to get to busy at the bottom of the home page. Our latest award was presented today. It was from the American Civil War Excellence Award Site. Check the citation out. It is pretty awesome! 18 March 2001: The web site has finally been updated. We have added seven soldiers to the "Crossing Over Jordan" page, three onto the rolls that were not noted in the Compiled Service Records, a short obit from Confederate Veteran for James D. Smith of Company H, a picture on the "Photos" page of 1LT Yancey of Company A, and a lot more that I am compiling. We have several more "Friends" too. I received the five rolls of the Compiled Service Records last week. Looking to have a reunion for Company D descendents in the August/September 2001 time frame. Descendents from the other companies will be welcome. We're in the planning stages. Email me your suggestions. 25 January 2001: The first monthly newsletter seems to have been a success. Thanks to all for your kind comments and emails of encouragement. Last week, I added the letters of Private Hiram Glazier, D Company. I am sure you will find them as interesting as I did. This week, I began to evaluate some of the data collected on the regiment. I will post the first evaluation of casualties from casualties at Missionary Ridge soon. I began to look in depth at the Compiled Service Records of the regiment. It will be a slow on going process that will take some time to complete. I have a snap shot of what he supply system was like and some of the items the regiment requisitioned. That too, will be posted soon. For all those curious, it looks like by enlarge the regiment was issued Enfield Rifles the majority of the war. Check the homepage occasionally for a new picture. Currently, we have the picture of me and the Federal soldier. I am dressed much like one of the soldiers of the regiment would have been dressed in the fall of 1863 and in 1864. Today's update of the web site I have added thirty-three names to the "Crossing Over Jordan" page and four more to the "Friends" page. If you check the it out you may find that some of you are kin to each other and may not know it. 12 January 2001: I updated the "Friends" page and added fifteen names to the "Crossing Over Jordan" page. In the past two weeks I have added over thirty. Over the next couple of weeks you will see some new pictures and paintings to assist the viewer in visualization of the times. 28 December 2000: The past two months have seen numerous items of interest to come in that will be of interest. There is literally so much that I can hardly find the time to consolidate the information down to a digestible size for the website. We have heard from many new friends of the regiment that will be added to the "Friends" page over the next couple of days. We were named the Website of the month by the Chattanooga Civil War Roundtable for the month of December 2000. I consider this a great honor since the President of the Roundtable is also the Chief Historian at the Chattanooga-Chickamauga National Military Park. I have had good luck in D Company descendents contacting me about their ancestors. One was a descendent of Captain James W. Cureton who himself is today an Infantry officer in the United States Army. My two Lieutenant ancestors in D Company were his Lieutenants. I myself am an Armor officer in the United States Army. Curious how service in the military unknownly is passed down through the generations. We get very many more responses from D Company we will probably have to call a formation.
20 October 2000: During the past two weeks we have received two more awards and I heard from a descendant of the second regimental commander, Colonel J.F.B. Jackson. Mr. William Bain is writing a book on what happened to the men of the regiment during and after the war. We will be hearing more from him and looking forward to hear his findings.
5 October 2000: The site was awarded the Infantry Regimental Site Award. Mr. James Stump congratualted the site on, "keeping the history, heritage, and honor of the 39th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment alive and well." He said the site was well defined and articulate. I thank Mr. Stump for his kind words and you can see the award at the bottom of the homepage.
18 September 2000The 39th Georgia Volunteer Infantry web site is created and running. We are slowly inputing data and finding new "stuff" everyday. Keep checking back and you will probably find something new everyday.