Photo: James Walker painting of the battle (from the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park website.)
Fort Oglethorpe, GA--Visitors are invited to join the staff of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park as we commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga with a series of ranger-guided tours, hikes, lectures and living history demonstrations. Programs are scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 14, and conclude Sunday, Sept. 23.
Beginning Sept. 18, 1863, Union and Confederate forces clashed along the banks of West Chickamauga Creek. At stake was the transportation hub of Chattanooga, and with it the fortunes of the fledgling Confederacy and the future of the United States.
For three days the armies struggled through the woods and fields, leaving behind the broken dreams and extinguished lives of thousands of young men cut down in the prime of life. The battle was technically considered a Confederate victory, but the Union Army regrouped in Chattanooga, where a Union victory shortly thereafter marked the death knell of the Confederacy.
A complete program schedule, including times and descriptions, is available at nps.gov/chch/chickamauga155.htm.
For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, call the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 or the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786; or visit the park website nps.gov/chch.