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   National Park Night with the Lookouts  
Friday, May 25 2012 @ 08:15 AM EDT
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fotpThe Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park are pleased to announce the 4th annual National Park Night with the Lookouts on Monday, June 4, 2012.

National Park Night is a great way to start your summer and support our local National Park as profits from all General Admission tickets sold in advance benefit the Friends of the Park. To buy tickets for the game call the Friends office at (423) 648-5623 or visit our website at chickchatt.org. Tickets are only $5.00, making National Park Night a fun and affordable evening out.

All children entering the park receive a ticket for a free hotdog and drink, and the first 150 children receive Junior Ranger booklets. Children can attend a special program on Civil War history, learn to march like soldiers, and march out on the field. National Park Night “homer hankies” will be given to the first 1500 guests. Park Superintendent Cathy Cook will throw out the first pitch at 7:15, and the national anthem will be played by a Civil War bugler.

Special artifact on display: Don’t miss the chance to see an 1862 artifact of the first bombardment of Chattanooga!

On June 7, 1862, Chattanoogans received their first experience of military action against their city when General James Negley and a small division of Union soldiers arrived north of the city. General Negley sent the 79th Pennsylvania Volunteers out to reconnoiter. After finding Confederates and the town’s own Lookout Battery entrenched along the riverbanks and Cameron Hill, Negley moved two artillery batteries to the top of Stringers Ridge just west of the city. Throughout June 7 and into the next day, the two armies traded cannon fire until Negley withdrew his men about noon on June 8th. The action had little impact on the city, but it did give the city one of its most interesting war artifacts. Local historian Zella Armstrong recounted the story of the first shell to fall upon Chattanooga. The non-explosive shell buried itself in the dirt of Cameron Hill on June 7, 1862 and was picked up by a local member of the Lookout Battery. The shell remained in the same Chattanooga family for years before it was passed to another private collection. Today, the artillery shell is owned by local Civil War historian Dr. Anthony Hodges who will return the shell to the Cameron Hill area on June 4 for National Park Night – just 3 days before the 150th anniversary of its falling on Chattanooga. This great Chattanooga artifact will be on display inside the stadium. Don’t miss your chance to see a piece history.

Join the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park at A.T. & T. Field to celebrate two of America’s greatest creations – baseball and National Parks, and see a unique piece of Chattanooga history.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park encompasses 9,100 acres, spanning the boundaries of Tennessee and Georgia. Its major units include Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Missionary Ridge, Orchard Knob, Signal Point and Moccasin Bend. Our National Park preserves forever the American history and natural beauty of its spaces, commemorating vivid stories of conflict, change, reconciliation and reunion.

Friends of the Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and enhancing Chickamauga and Chattanooga for the benefit of the American public. For more information on National Treasures and the work of the Friends, visit or call the Friends at (423) 648-5623.   


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