11/08/2014Location: Moccasin Bend National Archeological District Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Chickamauga Battlefield Contact Phone Number: 706-866-9241
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in two free programs at Moccasin Bend National Archeological District on Saturday, November 8. Between 1 pm and 1:30 pm, visitors can meet and talk with a Union soldier at the base of Stringer's Ridge. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by The Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park. Then, at 1:30 pm, there will be a 90-minute historical hike to the Union defenses along the ridge. Participants are encouraged to take the Manufacturer's Road exit, drive west and follow the "Special Event" signs directing you to the parking area.
In the fall of 1863, Confederate soldiers, like numerous visitorsatop Lookout Mountain today, peered off the rocky slopes, down into the city of Chattanooga and never knew what lurked in the forest below, just beyond the river. Somewhat hidden on the ridge of Moccasin Bend, were Union artillery batteries ready and waiting to pounce upon troops and supplies moving along the slopes of the imposing mountain. Through these programs, visitors will be introduced to the hardships and levities it often took to defend Chattanooga from within the earthen walls of the Moccasin Battery.
As a reminder, comfortable, supportive footwear, appropriate clothing for the weather, and water are recommended for this program.