—by Neil J. Williams and Norman C. Shaw

Please join us on Saturday, January 20th, 2018, as we tour the Stones River Battlefield and learn about this important battle and the men who fought it. We are lucky to have as our guide, Jim Lewis, who has been a Park Ranger at Stones River National Battlefield since 1997 and has acted as the de-facto Park Historian for Stones River.

This will be an all-day event, rain or shine, that will begin at 9:30 a.m. (CST) at Stones River Visitors Center and will end about 5 p.m. (CST). Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring or wear comfortable walking shoes.

People who have decided to carpool from Knoxville will meet at 6:45 a. m. in Walmart’s large parking lot in Turkey Creek, near Chick-fil-A, and depart at 7 after consolidating our numbers into as few vehicles as possible. For people who have elected to drive separately, we will meet you at the Stones River Battlefield Visitors Center a little after 9 a. m. (CST). People will have the opportunity to use the bathrooms at the Visitors Center.

We will have one hour for lunch and will restart the tour immediately after the hour. We suggest bringing snacks and drinks, for the lunch break people can either get food from nearby fast food chains or may pack their own lunch to eat.

We currently have 28 people signed up for the tour. If you plan to go and have not yet contacted one of us, please send an email to either Neil Williams (njwilliams85@gmail.com) or Norman Shaw (shawclan4@bellsouth.net) so we can add your names to the list. Should you need to cancel after signing up, please let Norman or me know as soon as possible.