published Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Battlefield programs announced

The staff of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park announces three upcoming programs.

  • Living history volunteers representing the 37th Tennessee Infantry will conduct infantry demonstrations at Point Park on Lookout Mountain July 23-24. Historians will present talks about the life of the soldier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

They will conduct rifle-firing demonstrations at 10 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

  • A free guided bicycle ride to Moccasin Bend National Archeological District will take place on Sunday, July 24, at 9:30 a.m.

The tour will begin at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The ride is about 5 miles on moderately hilly terrain, suitable for adults and children ages 8 and older accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring their bikes and helmets.

Park rangers from Russell Cave National Monument will provide a program about an American Indian game of stealth and accuracy called “chunky.” Demonstrations of this game will take place at Outdoor Chattanooga when the tour returns about 11 a.m. Visitors wishing to participate in the program but not the bike ride are welcome.

  • A Civil War 150th anniversary program commemorating the first Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) is set for Thursday at 7 p.m.

The two-hour car caravan and walking tour will begin at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and will be led by historian Jim Ogden.

Clothing appropriate for the weather, water, and comfortable, supportive footwear are recommended.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, call 706-866-9241, or check the website at

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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