Bluff Trail Closed on Lookout Mountain Battlefield
Bluff Trail will be closed effective February 10, 2014, and will remain closed until further notice. The section of trail that is closed is south of the Cravens House trail and north of Sunset Rock.
Closures - Wilder Brigade Monument and Hwy 27 By-Pass Picnic Area
The interior of the Wilder Brigade Monument (Tour Stop #6) at Chickamauga Battlefield and the US Highway 27 Picnic Area will be closed from December 1, 2013, to March 15, 2014.
2nd South Carolina String Band and Artillery at Point Park
Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in special programs occurring inside Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, on June 8, 2013. Come join the 2nd South Carolina String Band as they perform mid-19th century music with authentic instruments. The songs and instrumental tunes performed would have been considered the "pop" music of the period between the 1820s and the 1860s, when Americans were determined to reject the European classical music forms and find their own distinctly American musical voice. The string band's performance begins at 2:00 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs to enjoy this hour long concert. This concert is sponsored by Friends of the Park and is part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War. Those visiting Point Park may also like to experience the power of Civil War artillery, as park rangers and living historians describe what life was like for artillerymen engaged in the Battles for Chattanooga. These programs will be presented at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
If you want to know more about what happened along the historic slopes of Lookout Mountain 150 years ago, park rangers will lead guided tours through the park at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Please meet the park ranger inside the Point Park entrance gate for the tour.
The only fee required to participate in these programs is the regular entrance fee to Point Park ($3.00 per person ages 16 and older; free for those ages 15 and younger).
Did You Know?
James Garfield served as Major General William S. Rosecrans' Chief of Staff at Chickamauga. Four months after becoming President, Garfield was shot in the back by a disgruntled office seeker. Garfield died two months later on September 19, 1881, the anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.