Mines: The stories go live in Chattanooga

Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Lt. Col. Henry N. Boyton, above, would later play a key role in the creation of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park after the Civil War. / Contributed photo

The Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center opened its doors last week in a series of events designed to draw visitors into scenes that spanned the history of the Medal of Honor, from the first awards to Andrews' Raiders to the youngest recipient, the War on Terror's Kyle Carpenter. While the names may have seemed familiar, many visitors admitted to being unaware of recipients' acts of valor on the battlefield. Two such recipients who were awarded our nation's highest personal military award were Lt. Col. Henry Van N. Boynton, U.S. Army, and 1st Sgt. Ray Duke, U.S. Army.

The Battles for Chattanooga, November 1863, were a struggle for control that impacted combatants and civilians from Nashville to Knoxville and from Chattanooga to Mobile and Savannah.

Gen. George H.