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Savannah and the Civil War

Savannah and the Civil War

Railroads, Riverboats and the Civil War

Itinerary Summary

During the Civil War, Savannah was one of the most important cities for the Confederacy, and the goal of Gen. W.T. Sherman’s army as he marched to the sea to resupply his men in late 1864. General Robert E. Lee spent three separate periods of his life in Savannah—including February-March 1861. There are many Civil War sites not to be missed in this beautiful historic city.

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Highlights :
  • Visit an antebellum train depot where Confederate troops departed for the battlefields
  • See why Savannah was presented as a Christmas gift and spared the ravages of war
  • Tour the home that once served as General William T. Sherman’s Headquarters

Day One

Roundhouse Railroad Museum

Roundhouse Railroad Museum

First stop….History:

The Savannah Visitor’s Center & Museum is where your group will be introduced to the city’s past through artifacts, including an impressive Civil War Collection. The museum itself is housed in the antebellum train depot where Confederate troops departed for the battlefields of Northern Virginia, and often returned…many in pine coffins.

Roundhouse Railroad Museum: Next to the Savannah History Museum you’ll find the Georgia Railroad Museum,  an antebellum train repair facility.

Take a Tour: Get to know Savannah by experiencing a city tour, either on our period-style trolleys or with one of our highly trained step-on-guides. The tour lasts about 2 hours and will help your group get better acquainted with our genteel Southern beauty. It will also give them a sample of the attractions they may want to explore later on their own.

Group Lunch: Savannah has several dining establishments to tempt your group’s taste buds. Catch the beautiful views from River Street, enjoy the quirky charm of the City Market, or choose one of the many restaurants nestled along the quiet streets of the city’s Historic District.

Visit an Historic Home: Savannah’s Civil War past is told in part by the many museum homes that played a role in the conflict. Among them are the Andrew Low House which hosted Robert E. Lee and Union generals, and the Green-Meldrim House, which once served as General William T. Sherman’s headquarters.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Your group covered a lot of ground on their first day and they may want to have a casual bite to eat before retiring for the evening. Savannah’s historic River Street has all types of casual and upscale dining options. Seafood, steaks, and light fare can all be found in the restored cotton warehouses that are home to some of Savannah’s favorite restaurants and pubs. We can help you determine which restaurants are particularly “group friendly”.

Day Two

Green Meldrim House-Sherman's Headquarters

Green Meldrim House-Sherman’s Headquarters

Savannah in the Civil War : Delve further into the city’s role in the War Between the States with an experienced step-on guide, and explore the dramatic Low Country of surrounding Civil War sites and experiences. The tour takes in rare experiences of Robert E. Lee’s civilian and military days in Savannah and offers several route options. Indoor/outdoor routes and short walk options include Civil War operated forts Pulaski, Jackson, and McAllister, the rooms of the circa 1849 Andrew Low House, the Ogeechee Canal, and the importance of the railroads leading in and out of Savannah in 1861. Visits also include the courtyard of Sherman’s headquarters and the circa 1820 City Hotel which served as a Confederate hospital in 1863 Lunch and dinner Civil War tour packages available.

Savannah Riverboat Tour: Relax this afternoon as you explore the Savannah River’s natural beauty on the Savannah Riverboat. This two hour excursion shows your group the city from a unique perspective. They might even spy playful dolphins swimming along side!

The Riverboat also offers an evening “Civil War Experience Dinner Cruise” as well as a “Gospel Dinner Cruise”

Unique Dining Experience: If your group enjoys dining with a bit of a twist, they will certainly look forward to tonight’s dinner.  Take them to a “Mess and Muster” at Fort Jackson, where they’ll enjoy a delicious meal along with friendly soldiers of long ago, along with a cannon firing!                

It’s Showtime! : Your group’s final night in Savannah is sure to be a memorable one as they experience one of the city’s theatre presentations. From spectacular live musicals to local theatre and special performances, your group will be amazed by the abundance of talent that prevails in our small city.