Journey through the heart of America’s Old South during our popular voyage on the Mississippi. From spirited New Orleans to antebellum Natchez and lively Memphis, learn about the river's enormous influence on American history and culture.

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 Oak Alley Plantation, with its famous oak trees and Greek Revival mansion  Exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis  Famous Beale Street in Memphis  Mississippi River near Memphis  The elegant new <i>American Harmony</i>  Old Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge  Baton Rouge, Louisiana   USS <i>Cairo</i>, one of the first American warships built at the start of the Civil War  Civil War cannons  Crescent City Connection Bridge, New Orleans

Voyage on the Mississippi

From New Orleans to Memphis

9 days from $6,690

Journey through the heart of America’s Old South during our popular voyage on the Mississippi. From spirited New Orleans to antebellum Natchez and lively Memphis, learn about the river's enormous influence on American history and culture.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Mar 20 - 28, 2021 Departure
Gregg Clemmer

Gregg Clemmer

Gregg Clemmer is a native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Master’s degree in military history from Norwich University. A former president of the Montgomery County (MD) Civil War Round Table, Gregg numbers two Union generals and 14 “in-the-trenches” Confederates in his ancestry including members of Armistead’s and the Stonewall brigades. 

Gregg has been a Smithsonian Study Leader for more than 30 years, specializing in cave as well as Civil War and Revolutionary War tours. A former professor of history at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland, Gregg has also been an onboard lecturer for American Cruise Lines. He is the author of numerous magazine articles and five books including the acclaimed Valor in Gray: The Recipients of the Confederate Medal of Honor. His biography, Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson, won the 2005 Douglas Southall Freeman History Award. 

Gregg is currently working on a sequel to his historical novel, A Turn for Home.

Yet, Gregg’s greatest passion is to bring history alive, especially when you stand on the very ground upon which it happened.

Nov 6 - 14, 2021 Departure

Richard Kleese

Richard B. “Rich” Kleese grew up in Shenandoah County, Virginia where he still resides with his wife.  He traces his family lineage to the earliest settlers in the Shenandoah Valley and to a great-grandfather who served in “Stonewall” Jackson’s famous “Stonewall Brigade”.

He has lectured on Civil War History at Shenandoah College in Winchester and is a featured speaker on a variety of programs.  He is currently a member of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and serves as the Commander of the “Strasburg Guards” Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  He was appointed by the Secretary or the Interior to serve on the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Commission and later served as Treasurer and Trustee of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.  He is the author of numerous articles and works on the American Civil War including Shenandoah County in the Civil War, Recollections of an Old Dominion Dragoon, 23rd Virginia Cavalry, and 49th Virginia Infantry.