06/22/2013Location: Renaissance Park, 100 Manufacturers Road, Chattanooga,Tennessee Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM Fee Information: Fee Required; visit www.friendsofchch.org for ordering information Contact Name: Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Phone Number: 423-648-5623
It was where Union General William S. Rosecrans wanted to fight the Battle for Chattanooga--Middle Tennessee's Duck River Valley in the greater Tullahoma region. The generally more open terrain there, before the mountains, would theoretically allow him to use the superior strength of his Army of the Cumberland as an advantage against his opponent, Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee. Indeed, when "Old Rosy" began his advance on June 24, 1863, it at first appeared as if he would get his wish. He flanked the Southerners out of their positions and into a position where he was closer to Chattanooga than Bragg. However, Rosecrans's Middle Tennessee Battle for Chattanooga was not to be.
In recognition of this 150th anniversary of what turned out to be just the next phase in the Campaign for Chattanooga, join the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden on June 22, 2013, for a day long bus tour of sites important in the Tullahoma or Middle Tennessee Campaign (June 24-July 6, 1863). Along the way, we'll visit scenes of some of the fighting that occurred at Liberty Gap, Hoover's Gap, and the scene of an urban cavalry battle. We'll traverse terrain that both defined and hindered the two armies and their generals.
Usually overshadowed today by the Union victories essentially at the same time at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, the Tullahoma Campaign is one of the great "what if's" of the Civil War and is an important prelude to what unfolded in the shadow of Lookout Mountain in the late summer and fall of that fateful year, 1863.
Lunch, snacks and parking are included in the tour price of $60 for Friends members and $70 for the general public. Reservations may be made by calling the Friends' office at 423-648-5623, mailing a check to the Friends of the Park, PO Box 748, Chattanooga, TN 37401, or by ordering tickets online at www.friendsofchch.org.