• Cannons overlook the City of Chattanooga from atop Lookout Mountain

    Chickamauga & Chattanooga

    National Military Park GA,TN

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  • 05/26/2014

    Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery Time: 8:45 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Chickamauga Battlefield Contact Phone Number: 706-866-9241

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in a torch light tour of the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Monday evening, May 26, 2014, at 8:45 p.m.  Park Historian Jim Ogden will lead this ninety minute, one mile walking tour in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In 1863, the nation entered its third year of bloody, costly, and transformative conflict.  Chattanooga, nestled in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, had become the "gateway" through which to strike the Confederacy's industrial heartland. As a result, it became clear to soldiers and civilians alike that the city would most likely become the scene of a major struggle.  By year's end, those expectations became truth at the battles of Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge.  The lives lost in these battles revealed a dire need to establish a final resting place for these honored dead.    

Participants should enter the cemetery off Holtzclaw Avenue and continue around the cemetery loop toward the old entrance arch in the southwest corner.  Comfortable, supportive footwear, weather- appropriate clothing, water, and a flashlight are recommended for this program.