The brigade’s regiments started with nearly 7,000 men, fought in 17 major battles across six states and finished with 400 men. They also marched about 5,000 miles before they were surrendered on April 26, 1865.
Each year the membership and guests gather in a congress at a battle site over the Labor Day Weekend. Since 2002 where the initial meeting was held in Marietta, GA, our tours have taken us to : 2003 – Morristown, TN ; 2004 – Vicksburg,MS ; 2005 – Chattanooga/Dalton ; 2006 – Franklin/Nashville,TN ; 2007 – Danville, KY ; 2008 – Marietta, GA ; 2009 – Tupelo,MS ; 2010 – Raleigh, NC ; 2011 – Columbia,,SC ; 2012- Cartersville, GA ; 2013 – Columbia, TN ; 2014 Atlanta, GA and 2015 – Morristown, TN.
From Morristown, TN we visited the sites in the Cumberland Gap and Knoxville areas where the regiments were deployed in the Spring and Summer of 1862. In the next series of tours, our Congresses will be held in the same order as when the historic battles occurred. So, in 2016 we plan to visit the Perryville battlefield and the Kentucky Retreat route from Danville, KY.
Each year since 2004, a commemorative embroidered , colored patch has been designed for the Congress. Each design is different.
The 2017 Commemorative Patch for the 2017 Congress in Vicksburg has been designed. The design includes several symbols. The battles listed in red denote the blood shed at those battles. The brown edge remembers the muddy water of Chickasaw Bayou and the muddy water of flooding Baker Creek during the battle of Baker Creek or Champion Hill. The blue sky denotes fair weather. Limited copies will be for sale during the Congress.