Anthony Hodges sets up his impressive collection of photos of civil war soldiers on Lookout mountain.
For those in town for The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial convention, pictures are as close as they'll get to seeing the historic sight.
Civil War enthusiasts traveled from 23 states and three countries for the event.
One of the attractions was going to be a guided tour of different civil war parks, but they're now closed due to the government shutdown.
"There are 3500 people coming to this event," said Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Executive Director Patrice Glass, "Many of those wanted to get out to the park and see the ground where the things we will be talking about this week happened. And unfortunately we've had to cancel the tours because we can't send tours out to the park."
For those of us who have planned on this event for a year, year and a half it couldn't have come at a worse time," Hodges said.
Local park rangers were also supposed to give living history exhibitions at the convention, but as part of the shutdown they can't even come in on their own free time to participate.
"They're not allowed to volunteer to do their jobs," Glass said, "So they can not come help even if they wanted to."
Those putting on the event are working hard to make sure it's all worth while.
"One of the things we were gonna use was the parks services cannon. We had to scramble and get a cannon from a private individual from West Tennessee" said Hodges.
"There are some things missing but it's still a great experience. There's still a great educational programs. There's still 13 nationally known historians coming to town, we still have a great program that's going to be going on over the next few days," said Glass.