Chickamauga National Battlefield Prepares 150th Anniversary

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Harrison Pirtle
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Updated: 9/04/2013 5:36 pm
CHICKAMAUGA, GA. (WDEF) -- You won't have to be a Civil War buff to appreciate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.
Its coming up on September 14th and 15th, and the National Park Service is planning something for anyone who shows up.

There are more than 600 monuments on the grounds of the Chickamauga National Military Park.
Most were put here years after the war.
They dot the landscape along side actual cannons used in that historic 1863 battle.
One hundred and 50 years later, north and south united, Americans still want to know what happened here.

KIM COONS, PARK RANGER "Well, the big highlight that we're doing is...we're doing a timeline of what it was like from 1860 to 1864 here at north Georgia." "It really is an immersive activity..we're doing it with small groups of people really connect to people."

In the fall of 1863, bloody Civil War battles raged in these fields and on the slopes of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.
It was part of a five-month campaign for control of Chattanooga's key rail center, and its role as the gateway
to the Deep South.

KIM COONS "It took a little longer, but eventually, once Chattanooga fell it was only a matter of time before the war was over. Chattanooga was vital."

You can get a feel for that era at the visitors center.

KIM COONS, PARK RANGER "We've got things going on here at the visitor's center ...artillery demonstration, the 8th Georgia bank is playing here...we'll have education tents."

The battle at Chickamauga might be remembered only as a side-note in history if it weren't for small groups of veterans, from the north and the south.

KIM COONS "Really what happened..there was a drive to the veterans of both sides in 1889..and 1890 it became a National Military Park and that;s when the monuments began top be put out...from 1890 to it was mostly the veterans."

All of that will be covered during the 150th celebration on September 14th and 15th.

Ranger Kim Coons says that although there's no charge for any of the events on the 14th and 15th, some require reservations.
You can get more information at the Chickamauga National Battlefield park headquarters.

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