When the news hit, it hit hard for John Culpepper, Chairman of the Georgia Civil War Commission.
Culpepper adds, "Saw all these barricades and I thought, well, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga last week. I thought what's going on this week?"
All national parks are closed.
The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is no exception.
All because the house and senate still cannot agree on a bill to fund the government.
We could not even reach the US Department of the Interior to find out just how many workers are furloughed.
Culpepper adds, "I'm upset about it, but then again I feel like if this is what it takes to get us going in the right direction, then so be it."
Culpepper says if the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park remains closed for a week, then the local economy will be losing about a million dollars.
Culpepper, adds, "I'm just giving you numbers that came from the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau for 2011."
A million dollars a week; it's a number that puts a whole new perspective on the term government shutdown.
Culpepper adds, "It's a necessary evil in my opinion right now."