Chattanooga Waterfall
American Queen Steamboat Mississippi Cruises

American Queen River Cruise | Enduring Legacy of the Civil War
Memphis to Chattanooga (and reverse) 9 Days

The Mississippi River and its tributaries was of great strategic value as both a transportation and communication route during the Civil War. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and explore the legacy of that storied conflict, both onboard and in ports of call. We will be joined by distinguished guest speakers such as Gene Salecker, who will discuss the Civil War-time tragedy of the sinking of the SS Sultana on the Mississippi River – the worst maritime disaster the United States has known – and Curtis Fields in an eerily accurate portrayal of Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, quoting in first person from the general’s memoirs, articles, and letters.

Cruise Information: Memphis to Chattanooga (and reverse)

Cannon with view of river, Chattanooga

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Cruise Itinerary: Memphis to Chattanooga

Cruise Schedule Destination
Day 1: Sunday Memphis,, TN - Hotel Stay
Day 2: Monday Memphis, TN - Depart 5:00 PM
Day 3: Tuesday River Cruising
Day 4: Wednesday New Madrid, MO
Day 5: Thursday Paducah, KY
Day 6: Friday Savannah, TN
Day 7: Saturday Florence, AL
Day 8: Sunday River Cruising
Day 9 Friday Chattanooga, TN - Disembark 8:00 AM

Memphis to Chattanooga River Cruise Highlights

  • Historic Civil War Sites
  • Scenic Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains
  • Wilson Lock & Dam (the highest single lift lock east of the Rocky Mountains)
  • Guest Historians and Presentations
  • Legends and Lore of Famous Frontiersmen

Memphis to Chattanooga - 2019 River Cruise Dates

Cruise Dates Cruise Theme
Oct 27 Civil War
Nov 3 Civil War

Cruise Themes

Civil War Battlefield Cannon, Vicksburg

Civil War

Learn of the skirmishes that pitted brother against brother in a nation divided in this immersive Civil War experience. Delve into the strategies, both military and political, that shaped the events of the American Civil War. Watch and listen as tribute artists bring key figures to life and set the stage with period music while noted Civil War historians offer enlightening lectures. Visit the bloody battlefields and hallowed cemeteries of the fallen soldiers, and the ramparts that remind us of a war that changed a nation.

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