The staff at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park has scheduled 20 events to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.
Beginning Friday, Sept. 15, through Wednesday, Sept. 20, a series of ranger-guided tours, hikes, lectures and living-history demonstrations will be offered free to the public.
Union and Confederate forces clashed along the banks of West Chickamauga Creek beginning Sept. 18, 1863. At stake was the industrial hub of Chattanooga. For three days the armies struggled through the woods and fields, leaving behind thousands of young men killed in the prime of life. Despite the Confederate victory at Chickamauga, the Union Army was able to regroup in Chattanooga, where Union victory marked the "Death Knell of the Confederacy."
All but one event will take place at the national park in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will host "This Was War and They Was Rebels: African-American Experiences at the Battle of Chickamauga" on Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. The one-hour lecture will discuss experiences of blacks who participated in the Battle of Chickamauga.
A complete program schedule is available online at https://www.nps.gov/chch/planyourvisit/chickamauga154.htm. Programs in the following list will all take place at Chickamauga Battlefield between Friday and Wednesday.
For more information: 706-866-9241.
CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
LIVING HISTORY PROGRAMS
* Youth Programming- The Camp of Instruction: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Living historians with the Western Federal Infantry will be encamped at the Visitor Center. Young people can "enlist" and interact at stations on both infantry and artillery drill, as well as daily life for soldiers. After completing all of the stations and participating in a program out on the battlefield, participants earn their Junior Ranger Badge.
* Dent's Alabama Battery Engages at Chickamauga: Tour Stop 7, artillery demonstrations at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Meet at Tour Stop 7 along Glenn-Kelly Road to learn how Dent's Alabama Battery engaged retreating Union forces around the Dyer Farm. This program will feature cannon firing demonstrations.
* Walking in the Footsteps of the 23rd Tennessee Infantry: Saturday times and locations are 10 a.m. Jay's Mill, 2 p.m. Tour Stop 5 at Viniard Field, 4 p.m. Tour Stop 4 at Brotherton Cabin. Sunday's times and locations are 10 a.m. Tour Stop 4 at Brotherton Cabin, 1 and 2 p.m. at Tour Stop 8 at Snodgrass Hill.
* Bicycle Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield: Meet at Visitor Center, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, bring bike and helmet for bicycle tour of battlefield.
* Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield: Meet at Visitor Center, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, two-hour car caravan tour of battlefield.
* Picking up the Pieces: The Long Term Effects of the Battle on the People Who Lived There: Meet at Visitor Center, 3 p.m. Saturday, 90-minute car caravan tour focusing on how the battle affected the local population.
GUIDED HIKES WITH PARK HISTORIAN JIM OGDEN
Participants in any of these hikes should wear clothing appropriate for the weather with closed-toe shoes, insect repellent and bring water bottle. For evening hikes, flashlights are recommended.
* Dan McCook at Night: Jay's Mill, 7 p.m. Friday, 90-minute one-mile round-trip walking tour looks at role Dan McCook and his brigade had on Battle of Chickamauga. Follow "special event" signs from the Visitor Center.
* Dan McCook in the Morning: Jay's Mill, 8:15 a.m. Saturday, 90-minute, one-mile walking tour will examine intelligence gained and McCook's actions early on Sept. 19, 1863.
* Scribner and Walthall Fight at Winfrey Field: Brotherton Road picnic area, 11 a.m. Saturday, 1.5-mile walking tour on how George Winfrey's small cornfield became a landmark battle site.
* Texans at Viniard Farm: Viniard Field, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, two-hour, 2-mile walking tour traces actions of the Texas Brigade in its fight on Sept. 19 at the Viniard farm. Go to Tour Stop 5, on LaFayette Road, and look for signs to program area just off Viniard-Alexander Road.
* Lucius Polk's Brigade in the Forest Twilight: Jay's Mill, 7 p.m. Saturday, 90-minute, 1.5-mile walking tour to learn about the experience of Polk's Tennesseans and Arkansans in the woods, in the dark, on Sept. 19. Follow "special event" signs from the Visitor Center.
* Longstreet Forms: Tour Stop 4, 8:15 a.m. Sunday, 1.5-mile walking tour examines Longstreet's efforts on the morning of Sept. 20 to form his men for their assault on the Union center.
* Stewart Attacks: Tour Stop 4, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Alexander Stewart's mid-morning assault on Sept. 20 is the subject of this two-hour, 2-mile walking tour.
* The Reserve Corps at Snodgrass Hill: Tour Stop 8, 3 p.m. Sunday, 1.5-mile walking tour covers critical role of Whitaker's and Mitchell's brigades on final afternoon of the Battle of Chickamauga.
* Lightning at Alexander's Bridge: Visitor Center, 2 p.m. Monday, two-hour car caravan and one-mile walking tour begins at Visitor Center then proceeds to Alexander House to examine how Wilder cost the Confederates critical time in launching their attack.
* Wilder at Dark: Viniard-Alexander Road, 7 p.m., Monday. Ogden will examine Wilder's stand at dark on Sept. 18 in this 90-minute, 1.5-mile walking tour. Follow "special program" signs from the Visitor Center.
* To the Support of Palmer — Van Cleve on Sept. 19, 1863: Tour Stop 4, 2 p.m. Tuesday, 90-minute, 1.5-mile walking tour examines the engagement of Van Cleve's Division on Sept. 19.
* Orders for the Disposition of the Night: Battleline Road, south of Tour Stop 2, 7 p.m. Tuesday, visitors examine activity in the rear of the Union on the evening of Sept. 19 in this 90-minute 1.5-mile walking tour. Follow "special event" signs from the Visitor Center.
* The Close of Battle on the Union Left: Texas monument, 7 p .m. Wednesday, 90-minute, one-mile walking tour explores action on the Union left flank at sunset on Sept. 20, 1863. The tour begins on Battleline Road near the Texas Monument; follow "special event" signs from the Visitor Center.