published Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Catoosa Springs walking tour Sept. 10

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present "Catoosa Springs -- One Place, Many Meanings" on Saturday, Sept. 10.

This walking tour takes place at 10 a.m. at the site of Catoosa Springs on the Rollins family ranch in Ringgold, Ga.

The program will focus on the history of Catoosa Springs, a once-popular mineral-springs resort and the namesake of Catoosa County. During the Civil War, Catoosa Springs was used as a hospital for the Confederate Army of Tennessee and as a camp for part of Gen. William T. Sherman's Union forces during the 1864 Atlanta Campaign.

To reach Catoosa Springs, follow I-75 South to exit 345, bear left off the ramp onto Highway 41, turn right onto Highway 2, then left onto Keith Road to the Catoosa Springs entrance gate.

• On Sunday, Sept. 11, park staff will present "Andersonville -- The Epitome of Civil War Prisons: From Chickamauga to Hell." The talk will begin at 2 p.m. in the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.

The 30-minute talk will focus on prisoners, prison systems during the Civil War, and how many Union men who were captured during the Battle of Chickamauga ended up at the notorious Georgia prison.

For more information, check the park's website at www.nps.gov/chch.

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