• Cannons overlook the City of Chattanooga from atop Lookout Mountain

    Chickamauga & Chattanooga

    National Military Park GA,TN

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Reenacting on the National Military Park

Living Historian Speaking to Crowd

A living historian interacts with the crowd during a demonstration

NPS

Battle Reenactments

The National Park Service (NPS) is the steward for many of America's great battlefields. The lands are preserved as memorials to those who fought, died, cared about, and were affected by the people engaged in those battles. NPS policy reflects sensitivity to the human suffering and sacrifice that took place on the battlefields and prohibits battle reenactments, demonstrations of battle tactics that involve exchanges of fire between opposing lines, taking casualties, hand-to-hand combat, or any other form of simulated warfare.

Even the best-researched and most well-intentioned representations of combat cannot replicate the tragic complexity of real warfare. The activity and logistical support for modern battle reenactments is inconsistent with providing a memorial atmosphere. Another concern is the risk of damage to the land—often the only remaining tangible connection to a battle.

Living History

The NPS welcomes partners who study the past by temporarily stepping into its clothing and customs. These partners share their passion with the public as "living historians." Interpretive programs supported by "living historians" allow park rangers to make deep connections with visitors by transporting them back to another time in history. Through this type of interpretation, the park can educate visitors through Union, Confederate, and civilian perspectives.

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.