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 Commemorative Patch for the 2016 design will be available to members and guests at the 2016 Congress in Danville, Kentucky. The 2016 design features various symbols in the image. In addition to the central drummer boy logo, the tan background denotes the dry condition of the countryside. The brown edging and lettering indicate dirt and dust. The cannon reminds one of the eight cannon captured on Parson’s Hill after a direct charge over open ground. The red place names symbolize bloodshed in the battle named.