If you're in Georgia doing research for a book, and you suddenly have a day with no plans, and if you are a Civil War historian, the answer is easy.
You drive to Chickamauga.
When I left Kennesaw this morning, it was cool, cloudy, and a bit rainy. When I arrived at Chickamauga, just south of the Tennessee-Georgia border, it was in the 60s, sunny, and a beautiful day. I drove around the park, took pictures, hiked a bit, and just thought about how fortunate I am to live in a country that preserves historic sites like Chickamauga, and how fortunate we all are that God created the sun (after a very harsh winter in Cleveland, this Georgia sun was a much welcome respite).
The Florida Monument
Monument marking the spot where Brigadier General Benjamin Helm, the brother-in-law of Abraham Lincoln, was mortally wounded
The Brotherton Cabin
Wilder's Lightning Brigade Monument
Monument marking the HQ site for James Longstreet's force following the Confederate breakthrough on the afternoon of September 20, 1863
2nd Minnesota Monument on Snodgrass Hill
I met "Nick" the volunteer dog today
I didn't get the name of Nick's fellow human volunteer, but she was very helpful in answering my questions and making sure I had all the maps I needed to properly tour the battlefield.
Union artillery position on Snodgrass Hill
Snodgrass Hill HQ site for Major General George Thomas, "the Rock of Chickamauga"
Snodgrass Cabin, used as a field hospital after the battle
One final shot of the Florida Monument
All in all, it was a great day. I managed to get in a little hiking at Kennesaw Mountain when I got back to Kennesaw later in the day.
Tomorrow's forecast for Kennesaw is mid 60s and sunny. I am planning on spending the entire day hiking the battlefield.