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    Chickamauga & Chattanooga

    National Military Park GA,TN

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Junior Civil War Historian

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Become a Junior Civil War Historian Today!

NPS/Stones River National Battlefield

One hundred fifty years ago, our nation nearly tore itself apart. Soldiers in blue and gray struggled on battlefields across the country and changed the face of the United States of America. You can start your journey towards understanding how important the Civil War was to us by becoming a Junior Ranger at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (NMP). You will have the chance to continue exploring this important part of our history by also becoming a Junior Civil War Historian. When you are done, you will understand how the Civil War shaped our nation’s history and become part of a select group of young visitors who truly appreciate how important the Civil War is to us today.

There are two ways to become a Junior Civil War Historian.

Option 1
Become a Junior Ranger at Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP and two (2) participating parks. Make sure you get a ranger to initial and date your activity card or your Junior Ranger program booklets.

Once you have become a Junior Ranger at three parks, turn in your activity card or Junior Ranger program booklets at a participating park to receive your patch.

Option 2
Become a Junior Ranger at Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP and one (1) other participating park and do one online activity at the Junior Civil War Historian website.

Turn in your activity card or Junior Ranger program booklets along with a printout of your completed online activity at a participating park to receive your patch.


The following parks are also participating in the Junior Civil War Historian Program
(Click on the park name to find out more).

Andersonville National Historic Site
Andersonville, GA

Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Dover, TN

Fort Sumter National Monument

Charleston, SC

Fort Pulaski National Monument
Savannah, GA

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Kennesaw, GA

Shiloh National Military Park

Shiloh, TN

Stones River National Battlefield

Murfreesboro, TN

Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg, MS

Did You Know?

Snodgrass Hill, where Bierce was present on Sept. 20, 1863

Ambrose Bierce, noted American writer of the late 19th Century, and author of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "Chickamauga," and other Civil War stories, served as topographical engineer (map maker) on General William B. Hazen's staff during the Chattanooga Campaign.