Battlefield program looks at 'Ladies on the Field'

Battlefield program looks at 'Ladies on the Field'

March 28th, 2013 by Staff Report in Life Entertainment

VIsitors stop to see Wilder Tower Saturday in the Chickamauga Battlefield.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

Park ranger Lee White will lead a 30-minute talk about the Civil War experiences of several women on the Chickamauga Battlefield on Friday.

The free presentation, "Ladies on the Field: Unique Witnesses of Chickamauga," will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

In the Victorian Age, women were expected to live their lives within a very confined set of rules. One of those rules was that neither the Army nor the battlefield was any place for a lady. However, like many other aspects of life, the Civil War changed this rule. Women such as Nadine Turchin and other wives of Army officers defied social rules, which included traveling in the Army with their husbands and witnessing how the soldiers lived in camp.

For more information, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/chch.