On Thursday evening, April 22, award-winning educator Carolyn Ivanoff graced the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg with an illustrated lecture: “Clara Barton and the Missing Soldiers Officers.” Bright and early the next morning, my wife and I set off on a celebratory post-covid vaccination road trip and by dinner time were in Chattanooga, Tennessee, itself rich in Civil War history.

At the end of August 1862, Chattanooga was the launch point of what one historian has characterized as “the most extensive, and, had it been successful, far-reaching campaign ever attempted by any Confederate commander.”

Bruce Davis is president of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg. The opinions and ideas expressed here are his own and he invites you contact him at brdgettysburg@gmail.com.

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