The day has arrived that I am sending you a list of activities, with some short descriptions, and costs for the upcoming Sultana reunion on Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd, at Franklin, TN!
In a later message, I will give you more details about each reunion activity/event.
I’m guessing that most are not that familiar with the terrific CW battle fought at Franklin late in the war on November 30, 1864, with a huge loss of life for the attacking Confederate forces under commander Gen. John Bell Hood. You should be able to find a great deal of information on-line, including web sites of local CW preservation organizations such as Save the Franklin Battlefield (STBF) or The Battle of Franklin Trust.
Also, since the Civil War Trust has been involved in several important preservation projects there over the last decade or so, you will find a variety of information on their web site.
Below is the list of activities we will participate in during the reunion weekend and costs per person. As has been our custom, please mail me one check that covers the family members. Make the check payable to me and mail to my home at 1120 Winding Way Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37923.
I will pay or have paid each vendor prior to each group activity.
List of Activities and Costs:
I. Tour Bus (56 passenger) – $22.00
I have a 32 passenger minibus in reserve but we would need a large overflow to make it cost effective. At near capacity, the minibus would be $30 per person. Otherwise, we will have vehicles following the main bus as we’ve done in years past.
II. Carter House & Carnton Mansion – Complete tours, including homes, $24 ($12 each site)
This is the group rate per person. Tour guides will be available at each site.
After we tour the Carter House (our first stop), we will cross Columbia Ave. to the Cotton Gin site where a new guide will be on hand to give an explanation of the preservation successes there!
III. Box Lunch – $9.83 (includes choice of can soft drink or bottled water)
To keep things as simple as possible, all sandwiches will be made on wheat bread with lettuce, tomato and American cheese (set aside anything you don’t like). All boxes consists of a sandwich, chips, chocolate cookie, pickle, packs of mustard and mayo, and utensils.
Please tell me: Your choice of sandwich: a) roast beef, b) ham, or c) veggie
IV. Evening dinner – $15.90
(self serve, choice of two meats, 4 veggies, rolls, dessert and variety of drinks). We will be dining in Best Western’s meeting room with a catered meal.
V. Meeting room costs – $6 each
I was fortunate to find a motel with a large meeting room with all necessary sound and audio/visual equipment for our speakers. We will have both our Friday evening talks there, plus the Saturday evening dinner.
The cost of the meeting room at the Best Western is $100 + tax for both the Friday evening talks and the Saturday evening meal ($234 total). We get this discount rate only if we book all 20 rooms at the motel (otherwise it’s $350 each day!)!!
Additionally, there are some serving costs for the caterer in providing our Saturday night dinner.
To summarize, the cost for each person is:
Carter House & Carnton Mansion $24.00
Box lunch $9.83 (with drink)
Saturday evening dinner $15.90
Meeting room fee $6.00
!! Don’t forget to tell me your choice of sandwich for the Sat. box lunch !!