Fri, Jul 30 | Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Tour - On to Richmond! (KY)

A two day tour of Edmund Kirby Smith's Invasion of Kentucky from Cumberland Gap to the Battle of Richmond!
Tour - On to Richmond! (KY)

Time & Location

Jul 30, 8:30 AM EDT – Jul 31, 5:00 PM EDT
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 91 Bartlett Park Road, Middlesboro, KY 40965, USA

About the Event

Preliminary planning for a two-day tour of the Richmond Campaign and battle.

Pre-Tour Day - Noon - Meet in Cumberland Gap for lunch and tour the newly expanded Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in the afternoon.  Evening meal and drinks at Angelo's in the Gap.  Lodging for those coming in Thursday can be found in Middlesboro, Kentucky.  Cumberland Gap also has a motel.

Day One - 8:30 a.m. - We will meet at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park to tour the Gap and the surrounding area. Then we will car caravan along the south face of Cumberland Mountain, seeing Rogers Gap and Wilson Gap before crossing the mountain at Big Spring Gap - all three of these gaps were used by the Confederates to enter Kentucky. We will drive north to Mount Vernon and pick up John Scott's Confederate cavalry brigade as it moved to Big Hill. We will cover the fighting at Big Hill and a couple of even smaller engagements before heading to Berea for our night's lodging.  There are numerous motels near Berea, so you should be able to find accommodations that fit your style and budget.

Day Two - Depart hotels at 8:30 a.m. - We will pick up with the night action of August 29th and then proceed to cover each phase of the Battle of Richmond.  Saturday evening meal and drinks in Richmond.

The goal will be to bring more light to one of the most complete Confederate victories of the war. We will see some obscure sites along the way. We ask that you consider buddying up with a friend or two to keep the number of cars reasonable.

You do not have to join on both days of the tour! Come for Day One, Day Two, or both!

Lodging, travel, and dining costs are the responsibility of each attendee. Cost for the tour will be $25.00, with half of the funds being donated to the Battle of Richmond Association.

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