(Photo of Marion Smith by Bruce Morgan)

On Thursday evening, Sept. 5, the Dade County Historical Society is presenting a program which we hope will be of interest to many of our fellow citizens as the topic is something that we have in our area in abundance and many ot...

Once the Battle of Chickamauga was over, both Union and Confederate armies moved on to prepare to fight again. Left in their wake was the utter destruction of three days of fighting: utterly ruined farms and homes, ravaged forests and fields, and dead bodies everywhere...

The Battle of Chickamauga was the largest, bloodiest and most costly war ever fought within the bounds of Georgia—and if you haven’t studied a lot of history, you’d be surprised how many battles were fought in this state in the early days of the nation.

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What happened at the Battle of Chickamauga when the fighting became really intense on the second and third days was so critical and so significant in terms of military tactics, strategies and movements that it continues to be discussed at length to this day.

There are e...

For some weeks in the fall of 1863, various parts of Union General William Rosecrans’s army traveled through Dade and parts of Walker County and even down into Chattooga to the old settlement of Alpine where Sequoia lived while inventing the Cherokee alphabet. The purp...

During the Civil War, the Union units that came through Dade County and camped throughout the area as they made their way to what they knew would be a battle somewhere around Chattanooga consisted largely of troops from Illinois and Indiana. In case you’ve forgotten yo...

When Union General William Rosecrans headed this way from Middle Tennessee with his three army corps, it was already late summer. He was pursuing the next part of the Union plan for ending the war devised by Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and others. The previous pa...

Why Chickamauga/Chattanooga? In my last article, I answered this question partially with an examination of the work of Henry Van Ness Boynton and his cohorts in getting the first national military park of the United States located in our area. They are indeed due a hug...

Very soon after the end of the Civil War, people in significant numbers began to visit the former battlefields. There is no way to know exactly who came and why, but it is certain that many of them were veterans of the war who wanted to remember and to try to come to t...

On Sept. 19, 1889, the 26th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, an amazing event took place on ground that had once been the battlefield: The annual reunion of the Army of the Cumberland, one of the groups of Union soldiers who had fought there.

(This army had bee...

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