• Cannons overlook the City of Chattanooga from atop Lookout Mountain

    Chickamauga & Chattanooga

    National Military Park GA,TN

The Johnnies Make a Dash: Opening the Cracker Line

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Date: February 25, 2014
Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in a free ranger-guided tour focusing on the Civil War story associated with Moccasin Bend's Brown's Ferry Federal Road on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The mile and a half, two-hour program will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Brown's Ferry Federal Road trailhead on Moccasin Bend Road. To find the trailhead, follow the "Special Event" signs beginning on Manufactures Road.  

It was a gamble to say the least, sneaking up on Confederates in order to open a vital supply line to a starving Union army in Chattanooga. In the early morning hours of October 27, 1863, over a thousand blue-clad soldiers silently floated down the Tennessee River toward Brown's Ferry, an important river crossing guarded by Confederates. Suddenly, masked by the darkness and fog, Union soldiers made landfall! We encourage you to join us on this special program to find out what happened next.   

Comfortable, supportive, wet-weather footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather and water are recommended for this program.

Did You Know?

Union monuments on Snodgrass Hill

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.