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   Park Offers Special Programs to Commemorate 144th Anniversary of Chickamauga Battle  
 
Tuesday, September 11 2007 @ 04:54 PM EDT
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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites visitors to attend upcoming special interpretive programs presented in commemoration of the 144th Anniversary of the Battle of
Chickamauga. A variety of educational programs will be offered from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 23, 2007, at the Chickamauga Battlefield in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The visitor center hours will be extended from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. during these days.

On September 19th and 20th, 1863, two days of intense fighting scarred the fields and forests along Chickamauga Creek in northwest Georgia. At its conclusion, over 34,000 soldiers would be counted as casualties of the Battle of Chickamauga, including 4,000 who died.

Battlefield staff and volunteers will present a series of special walks, tours, and living history demonstrations interpreting the battle actions of 144 years ago. These free programs will be conducted at various locations throughout the battlefield. For all walking tours participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water. A flashlight will be needed or evening programs starting at 6:30. All tours will begin at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.

The full schedule of programs is also available on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military web page, www.nps.gov/chch. For more information contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

6:30 p.m. – Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest
Join a Park Ranger for this 90 minute walking tour. Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a renowned Confederate cavalry commander, was recognized for his talents as a strategist, tactician, and personal leader in combat. Learn about Forrest’s involvement during the Battle of Chickamauga on this evening tour. Walking distance will be approximately one mile.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

9:30 a.m. – Carnes Tennessee Artillery
On September 19, 1863 east of the Lafayette Road near the Brotherton Farm the horror of battle raged in the woods of Chickamauga. Here Confederate Lieutenant William W. Carnes would first see his Tennessee battery of 4 guns captured by Union soldiers and then recovered in the fury of fighting. Learn more about this battle action during this 90 minute walking tour. Distance will be approximately two miles.

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

10:30 a.m. - Bicycle Tour
Join a Park Ranger on this 7-mile, two hour bicycle tour of Chickamauga Battlefield. The tour route will include several stops to highlight the battle actions of September 19 and 20, 1863. This bicycle tour will follow established roadways in the battlefield covering primarily flat terrain. Bicycle helmets are required for all participants under 16 years old.

3:30 p.m. - Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest
Join a Park Ranger for this 90 minute walking tour. Brigadier General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a renowned Confederate cavalry commander, was recognized for his talents as a strategist, tactician, and personal leader in combat. Learn about Forrest’s role in the Battle of Chickamauga on this evening tour. Walking distance will be approximately one mile.

6:30 p.m. - Battlefield Civilians
Join a Park Ranger on this combined driving and walking tour to hear stories of the civilians whose lives were disrupted by the Battle of Chickamauga. Homes and farmsteads were forever scarred by the human tragedy of war. This 90 minute program visits some of the homesteads and tells the story of civilian life before and after the Battle of Chickamauga. Total walking distance will be less than one mile.

Living History Programs:

Artillery Demonstrations
Living Historians portraying Confederate Artillerymen will demonstrate firing of Civil War field pieces. Demonstrations will be conducted on Battleline Road at the site of the Eufaula Artillery (Alabama Battery). Parking will be available. Artillery programs will be presented at: 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Follow the signs from the visitor center to these special demonstrations.

Cavalry Demonstration
Join Confederate Cavalrymen as they discuss the role and tactics used during the Battle of Chickamauga. Demonstrations will be held in the McDonald Field near the Visitor Center throughout the day.

Medical Program:
Living Historians portraying the 17th Ohio Regimental Hospital will be encamped at the Snodgrass Cabin throughout the day, interpreting the role of a regimental field hospital. Field Hospital medical equipment will also be on display.

Special Guest:
Roger Linton, author of “Chickamauga: Battlefield History in Images” will be at the visitor center throughout the day to answer questions. He will also be available to autograph his book at the bookstore.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

11:30 a.m. - Breckinridge Assaults the Union Left
Join a Park Ranger for this 90 minute walking tour covering the initial Confederate assault led by Major General John C. Breckinridge’s Division on September 20, 1863. Walking distance will be approximately three miles.

1:30 p.m. - Longstreet’s breach of the Federal line
Join a Park Ranger for this 90 minute walking tour near the Brotherton Farm. Here on the late morning of September 20, 1863, the Confederate Army would strike a devastating blow to the Union Army. Lt. General James Longstreet’s assault at the Brotherton Farm would send one third of the Union Army fleeing from the battlefield. Walking distance will be approximately two miles.

3:30 p.m. – Snodgrass Hill: “The Final Hours”
Join a Park Ranger on this two hour walking tour across the slopes of Snodgrass Hill. Here on the afternoon and evening hours of September 20, 1863, the final battle actions would seal an army’s fate. Learn the consequences of tactical decisions made during battle, and what the Confederate and Union Armies both won and lost as a result. Walking distance will be approximately three miles.

Living History Programs:

Artillery Demonstrations
Living Historians portraying Confederate Artillerymen will demonstrate firing of Civil War field pieces. Demonstrations will be conducted on Battleline Road at the site of the Eufaula Artillery (Alabama Battery). Parking will be available. Programs will be presented at: 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Follow the signs from the visitor center to
these special demonstrations.

Cavalry Demonstration
Join Confederate Cavalrymen as they discuss the role and tactics used during the Battle of Chickamauga. Demonstrations will be held in the McDonald Field near the Visitor Center throughout the day.

Medical Program:
Living Historians portraying the 17th Ohio Regimental Hospital will be encamped at the Snodgrass Cabin throughout the day, interpreting the role of a regimental field hospital. Field Hospital medical equipment will also be on display.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

6:30 p.m. Confederate Night Attack
Join a Park Ranger for this 90 minute special twilight walking tour exploring the night attack at Chickamauga near the Winfrey and Brock Fields. The tour will examine the sunset attack of Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne and Major General Benjamin F. Cheatham’s divisions against the Union troops of Brigadier General Absalom Baird and Brigadier General Richard Johnson’s divisions. Walking distance will be approximately two miles.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

6:30 p.m. – Col. John T. Wilder, “The Lightning Brigade”
Join Park Historian James Ogden as he conducts a 90 minute walking tour of the battle action that occurred on September 18, 1863, where Alexander Bridge crossed Chickamauga Creek. Here Indianan John T. Wilder would lead his brigade against advancing Confederates, utilizing the superior firepower of the seven-shot Spencer repeating rifle. Walking distance will be approximately two miles.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

6:30 p.m. – Jay’s Mill: The battle begins
Join a Park Ranger to explore the opening action of the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19, 1863 at Jay’s Mill. This 90 minute tour will focus on how the Confederate and Federal Armies would come to meet in the vicinity of Jay’s saw mill west of Chickamauga Creek. Walking distance will be approximately one mile.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

6:30 p.m. – Battleline: “The Angle”
Join a Park Ranger on this 90 minute walking tour exploring the fields and forests where the second day of fighting during the Battle of Chickamauga would begin. Here initial confusion would be followed by Confederate assaults against formidable Union defensive works. Walking distance will be approximately two miles


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

6:30 p.m. – Snodgrass Hill: “The Final Hours
Join a Park Ranger on this 90 minute walking tour across the slopes of Snodgrass Hill. Here on the afternoon and evening hours of September 20, 1863, the final battle actions would seal an army’s fate. Learn the consequences of tactical decisions made during battle, and what the Confederate and Union Armies both won and lost as a result. Walking distance will be approximately three miles.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

1:30 p.m. – Fallen Leaders at Chickamauga
Join a Park Ranger for this driving tour visiting the sites where brigade commanders fell during battle. Over the course of two days, September 19 and 20, 1863, eight brigade commanders (Heg, Baldwin, Smith, Helm, Colquit, King, Deschler, and Lytle) suffered mortal wounds during the Battle of Chickamauga. Learn more about these brave leaders during this 90 minute tour.

Living History Programs:

Confederate Infantry demonstrations will be conducted by the Western Independent Grays throughout the day. Schedules will be posted at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Follow the special program signs to the demonstration site.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2007

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Join a Park Ranger for this 90-minute car caravan tour covering the highlights of the Battle of Chickamauga.

Living History Programs:

Confederate Infantry demonstrations will be conducted by the Western Independent Grays throughout the day. Schedules will be posted at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Follow the special program signs to the demonstration site.

  


         
 
         


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