Journey to the heart and soul of the American South aboard a traditional paddle wheeler as you voyage from spirited New Orleans to antebellum Natchez and lively Memphis.

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Voyage on the Mississippi

A River Cruise from New Orleans to Memphis

9 days from $5,395

Journey to the heart and soul of the American South aboard a traditional paddle wheeler as you voyage from spirited New Orleans to antebellum Natchez and lively Memphis.

or Call 855-330-1542

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May 17 - 25, 2019 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. 

Nov 8 - 16, 2019 Departure; May 23 - 31, 2020 Departure
A. Wilson Greene

A. Wilson Greene

A. Wilson Greene recently retired from a forty-four-year career as a battlefield preservationist, National Park Service historian, and museum director.  He served as a historian and manager at five national historic sites, was the founding director of the American Battlefield Trust, and led the development and operation of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier for 23 years.  Mr. Greene, a Chicago native, did his graduate work at Louisiana State University under the renowned Civil War historian, T. Harry Williams.  Greene is the author of six books and more than 25 published articles on the American Civil War and Southern history.  His latest book, A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg won the Distinguished Book Award for American Military History in 2019.  "Will" Greene has led tours for Smithsonian Journeys since 1989 and is a frequent lecturer around the country.