published Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Special events at Greater Chattanooga area battlefields

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to two weekends of special activities commemorating Veterans Day and the 149th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga.

• Saturday-Sunday: Living history volunteers representing the 9th Kentucky, U.S.A. Regiment, will conduct Infantry demonstrations at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.

Rifle-firing demonstrations will be held at 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday's demonstrations will be 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m.

• Saturday: Join a park ranger for a 90-minute interpretive program, "A Walk Down Memory Lane," to visit monuments along Battleline Road and learn about some of the soldiers' accounts and stories associated with the Battle of Chickamauga.

This program begins at 2 p.m. at Tour Stop 2. Wear comfortable footwear and dress appropriately for the weather.

• Monday: Join a park ranger at 2 p.m. at the Battlefield Visitor Center for "The Enlisted Man in the Civil War - Where Do I Sign Up?" This program will focus on where men enlisted, for what reasons, why they left home, and the training they received.

• Saturday-Monday: Special Veterans Day weekend admission will be free to all park visitors in honor of veterans and active-duty members of U.S. Armed Forces. This includes Point Park on Lookout Mountain.

• Nov. 17-18: Special programming commemorates the anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga. The Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Living history demonstrations will include Confederate artillery and infantry in Point Park.

Artillery demonstrations will be held 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday's demonstrations are 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m.

Infantry demonstrations will take place Saturday and Sunday at 10:45 am., 12:15, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m.

• Nov. 17 and 18: Guided walking tours will be held at Point Park at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Explore the Campaign for Chattanooga from the perspective of Union and Confederate troops as they struggled for control of the "Gateway to the Deep South." This 45-minute tour will begin inside the Point Park entrance gate.

• Nov. 17 and 18: Cravens House will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the slope of Lookout Mountain. Learn about Robert Cravens' family and the "Battle Above the Clouds" fought on their property.

• Nov. 17: Join historian Jim Ogden at 9 a.m. for a two-hour walking tour to explore some of the earthen fortifications during "A Vicious Little Battery: The Union Artillery on Moccasin Bend during the Siege and Battles for Chattanooga."

The tour begins at the parking area along Moccasin Bend Road just north of the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute. Look for "Special Event" signs and a park ranger will direct you to the parking area.

• Nov. 17: Join park volunteer Ansley Moses at 1 p.m. for a 90-minute walking tour, "The Tallest Fighting I Was Ever In." This tour begins at the Cravens House parking lot.

• Nov. 17: Join ranger Lee White at 1:30 p.m. for a two-hour, 2-mile hike from Cravens House to the Chattanooga Nature Center and Arboretum. "The Nature of Battle" will explore historical and natural features of Lookout Mountain.

• Nov. 17: Join historian Jim Ogden for a two-hour, 2-mile walk through part of the Lookout Mountain Battlefield that later became artist James Walker's painting, The Battle of Lookout Mountain.

"Engaging the Attention of the Enemy: Joseph Hooker's Demonstration on Lookout Creek" will begin at 2 p.m. on Parker Lane off Brown's Ferry Road. Take exit 175 off I-24 in Lookout Valley, look for "Special Event" signs at Parker Lane.

• Nov. 18: Join ranger Lee White at 1:30 p.m. for a 90-minute driving tour that begins at Ingles supermarket, 5044 Alabama Highway, Ringgold, Ga. "Now the Bravest Men in our Brigade are Gone" will discuss the Battle of Ringgold Gap.

• Nov. 18: Join historian Jim Ogden at 2 p.m. for a two-hour, 2-mile walking tour that explores Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's battle in the Chattanooga campaign.

Meet at the John Ross House in Rossville, Ga., located on Chickamauga Avenue behind the Bi-Lo, for "The Battle of Missionary Ridge at Rossville Gap."

• Nov. 18: "The Second Minnesota at Missionary Ridge and the Case of the Shifting Monument" will begin at 2:30 p.m. at DeLong Reservation on Missionary Ridge.

Join ranger Gerry Allen to learn the stories of men in the Second Minnesota, as well as the controversies that surrounded the monument's location on Missionary Ridge.

• Nov. 18: Meet ranger Christopher Young at 3 p.m. for a one-hour program at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, "The Last Full Measure." This program will begin at the Andrews Raiders monument located to the right of the entrance gate on Holtzclaw Avenue.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, or check the website at www.nps.gov/chch.

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