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Spotlight: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Sesquicentennial

Spotlight: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Sesquicentennial

Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Chattanooga Campaign of the American Civil War at America’s First National Military Park, September–November 2013

Lookout Mountain Garrity Battery at Point Park - Lookout Mountain (NPS)

What You’ll Find

Events and activities, September 14–22, and November 23–25, 2013, marking the 150th anniversary of the Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga. The Chattanooga Campaign was perhaps the turning point of the American Civil War. In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, Tennessee, known as the Gateway to the Deep South. Several battlefield areas, including Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge form the national military park. Chickamauga and Chattanooga was established in 1890 as the nation’s first national military park – setting a precedent for future battlefield preservation.

This year, there will be a series of events including special ranger-guided programs, living history demonstrations and tours to commemorate the 150th anniversary.

Getting There

The military park units are located in both Georgia and Tennessee. Begin your visit at one of the two visitor centers; Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center located at 3370 Lafayette Road in Oglethorpe, GA or Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, TN. Visit the park’s website for directions.

Stay Here

Visit the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website for lodging and camping in the Chattanooga area. There is no camping within the military park.

Make Sure You

Participate in a 150th Anniversary ranger-guided program September 18–20.

Stop at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and view the new 26-minute orientation film—The Campaign for Chattanooga – Death Knell of the Confederacy.

Don’t miss the restored 13’ x 30’ James Walker painting, The Battle of Lookout Mountain, on display at the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center.

Check out the Fuller Gun Collection at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.

Try This

Tour the park! Look for monuments and historical tablets along the seven-mile, self-guided auto tour, or join a ranger-led caravan at Chickamauga Battlefield, or go on a self-guided walking tour of Point Park on Lookout Mountain. Pick up a park brochure and inquire about a schedule of other ranger-guided tours at the visitor centers.

The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Children and teens are encouraged to participate in the park’s Junior Ranger and Trading Card programs.

Hike the relatively level 1.5-mile Blue Blazes Trail which has spectacular views of Lookout Mountain and the Tennessee River and discover the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District.

Ask at the visitor centers about hiking, horseback riding and other things to do at the military park.

Don’t Forget

Collect a 150th anniversary Battle of Chickamauga and/or Battles for Chattanooga commemorative coin at the visitor centers’ sales outlets.

Ask a ranger where the largest symbol of the Army Corps displayed in the world is within the military park and go see it!

What, no cell phones here? Find out how the troops, General Ulysses S. Grant and even President Abraham Lincoln communicated during the Civil War.

Fees at Work

Your fees, collected at Point Park on Lookout Mountain, funded the park’s new orientation film –The Campaign for Chattanooga – Death Knell of the Confederacy, as well as exhibits at the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center.

Get Started

Visit the park’s website or contact the park at (706) 866-9241 or (423) 821-7786 and read the current park newsletter to prepare for your military park experience.

Did You Know?

Confederate General Benjamin H. Helm, mortally wounded at Chickamauga, was President Abraham Lincoln’s brother-in-law.