• Cannons overlook the City of Chattanooga from atop Lookout Mountain

    Chickamauga & Chattanooga

    National Military Park GA,TN

Special Programs for the Battles for Chattanooga

Friday, November 22, 2013

"Chattanooga, Knoxville, and the Struggle for East Tennessee in the Civil War"

Presented by: Dr. Earl Hess, professor of history, Lincoln Memorial University

Where: Walker Theater in the Ridgedale Building (McCallie School, 500 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37407)

Time: 7 p.m.

In partnership with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Dr. Earl Hess will present an evening lecture and discussion session on the impact of the Union victory at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.

Dr. Earl J. Hess is a leading author of Civil War history books and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. A student of Civil War history since he was a teenager, growing up in rural Missouri, Dr. Hess completed his B.A. and M.A. degrees in History at Southeast Missouri State University, before earning his doctorate from Purdue University in 1986. He taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Georgia, Texas Tech University, and the University of Arkansas before joining the faculty of Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tennessee. Dr. Hess holds the Stewart McClelland Chair within the University's History Department. Dr. Hess has published nearly twenty books, over twenty journal articles, and more than a hundred book reviews for academic history journals.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Point Park

Living history and ranger programs will be conducted at Point Park throughout the weekend. Programs include telegraph/signaling demonstrations, Civil War medical demonstrations, and pioneer/engineer programs. These important units helped support the armies in and around Chattanooga. Ranger-guided tours of Point Park will occur at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. An entry fee is required to enter Point Park.

Eastern National Bookstore will be hosting a book signing by author Brad Quinlin between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Cravens House

On Saturday, November 23, Union soldiers will ascend Lookout Mountain form the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center (entry fee required). Once arriving at Cravens House, both Union and Confederate living historians will portray their experiences on the side of Lookout Mountain.

The house will be open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Missionary Ridge

Living historians portraying Confederate artillerymen will provide demonstrations on Missionary Ridge throughout the weekend. Visitors will have the opportunity to view Chattanooga from atop Missionary Ridge just like the soldiers did 150 years ago.

Orchard Knob

Confederate living historians will provide programs throughout the weekend atop Orchard Knob. Visitors are encouraged to come learn what happened to the few Confederate soldiers who found themselves stranded between Missionary Ridge and the Union army in Chattanooga.

Special Programs at Orchard Knob

On Saturday, November 23, 150 years after the action concluded at Orchard Knob, Park Historian Jim Ogden will conduct 90-minute tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Parking will be available at Orchard Knob Elementary School or via the shuttle from McCallie School. These tours will begin at the northeast corner of the Orchard Knob Reservation.

Special Programs at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center

Living historians portraying Union soldiers will discuss and demonstrate Civil War signaling at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center. Learn how soldiers communicated in a time before telephones and radios. These programs will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Union infantrymen will also provide interpretive programs discussing the crossing of Lookout Creek and assault on Lookout Mountain at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. (There is an admission fee to the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center)

Special Programs at Point Park

Living historians portraying Union soldiers will discuss and demonstrate Civil War signaling in Point Park. From there, they will signal to Sunset Rock, then to the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center. Learn how soldiers communicated in a time before telephones and radios. These programs will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Point Park

Living history and ranger programs will be conducted at Point Park throughout the weekend. Programs include telegraph/signaling demonstrations, Civil War Medical demonstrations, and pioneer/engineer programs. These important units helped support the armies in and around Chattanooga. On Sunday, November 24, Union soldiers will complete their ascent to Lookout Mountain and conduct programs in the Point. Ranger-guided programs will occur at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m. An entry fee is required to enter Point Park.

Eastern National Bookstore will be hosting a book signing by author Brad Quinlin between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Cravens House

Robert Cravens' home will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and learn about the Cravens family and the role the house and grounds played in the Battle of Lookout Mountain.

Missionary Ridge

Living historians portraying Confederate artillerymen will provide demonstrations on Missionary Ridge throughout the weekend. Visitors will have the opportunity to view Chattanooga from atop Missionary Ridge just like the soldiers did 150 years ago.

Orchard Knob

Confederate living historians will provide programs throughout the weekend atop Orchard Knob. Visitors are encouraged to come learn what happened to the few Confederate soldiers who found themselves stranded between Missionary Ridge and the Union army in Chattanooga.

Special Program in Lookout Valley

Park Historian Jim Ogden will conduct tours on the actual date of the "Battle Above the Clouds," 150 years ago. At 9 a.m. a 2-hour walking tour will be conducted regarding Hooker's feint from Smith Hill and Bald Hill. Follow the special event signs from Brown's Ferry Road to Parker Lane and the program parking area.

Special Programs on Lookout Mountain

Join Park Historian Jim Ogden At 1 p.m. a 90- minute walking tour entitled "Geary's Division Strikes the Confederate Left Flank" will begin at the rifle pits, near Cravens House. At 3:30 p.m., a 2-mile, 90-minute walking tour will discuss the fighting at Cravens farm and the conclusion of the Battle of Lookout Mountain. This tour will begin at Cravens House. Parking for these the two tours will be at Cravens House on Lookout Mountain.

Special Programs at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center

Living historians portraying Union soldiers will discuss and demonstrate Civil War signaling at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center. Learn how soldiers communicated in a time before telephones and radios. These programs will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Union infantrymen will also provide interpretive programs discussing the crossing of Lookout Creek and assault on Lookout Mountain at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. (There is an admission fee to the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center)

Special Programs at Point Park

Living historians portraying Union soldiers will discuss and demonstrate Civil War signaling in Point Park. From there, they will signal to Sunset Rock, then to the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center. Learn how soldiers communicated in a time before telephones and radios. These programs will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Shuttle buses for the programs at Orchard Knob and Missionary Ridge will leave from McCallie School throughout the day. Please be aware, parking is not available on Missionary Ridge. The first shuttles leave the school at 8:45 a.m. both days. On November 23, the last shuttle will depart from the school at 3:30 p.m., and on November 24, the last shuttle will depart from the school at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Park Historian Jim Ogden will lead tours of Missionary Ridge on the actual 150th anniversary of the battle. These tours are free, yet will require tickets. These tours originate from McCallie School (500 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404). Please click the desired tour time below to order and download tickets.

9 a.m. – Battle of Missionary Ridge Tour

1 p.m. – Battle of Missionary Ridge Tour

Visitors must obtain tickets before they arrive in order to guarantee a place on a tour. We ask that participants arrive and check in with park staff at least 15 minutes before their scheduled tour. At 15 minutes before the tour, tickets for anyone who has not yet checked in will be released for other visitors.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Join Park Guide Lee White and The University of West Georgia's Dr. Keith Bohannon at the Ingles parking lot in Ringgold, Georgia, (5044 Alabama Highway) at 2 p.m. for a car caravan tour of the rear guard action fought in the area 150 years ago. The Battle of Ringgold Gap was the final battle in the struggle for Chattanooga.


**All programs will occur rain or shine; owners are responsible for all items left in vehicles.**

Did You Know?

Snodgrass Hill

From the legislation, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park was established “for the purpose of preserving and suitably marking for historical and professional military study the fields of some of the most remarkable maneuvers and most brilliant fighting in the war of the rebellion”.