158th Anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga

A Living Historian Portraying a Confederate Uses Field Glasses to Look at Moccasin Bend

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Below is a schedule of the park's programs commemorating the 158th Anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga.

If you plan to attend some of the more strenuous walking tours, please keep in mind that comfortable, supportive footwear is recommended, as is water.

Also, as a reminder, masks are required in visitor centers, regardless of vaccination status, and please, maintain social distancing.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you in the field.

There is a $10 per person entrance fee to Point Park for all adults, ages 16 and older; children 15 and younger, may enter for free.
 

Special Junior Ranger
Anniversary Booklet


Stop by the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center during the 158th Anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga and pick up a special Junior Ranger booklet. Once completed, bring it back to the visitor center and receive a special patch.

 

Saturday, November 20, 2021

10 am - “…the bridge broke repeatedly…:” Sherman, Brown’s Ferry, and Grant’s November Offensive
Location: Moccasin Bend Road just north of Hamm Road; take Manufactures Road west from US 27 and follow the National Park Service “Special Event” signs. The street address “700 Moccasin Bend Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee” will get you to the immediate area

The end of the third week of November, 1863, finally saw the head of William T. Sherman’s long awaited column reach Chattanooga. To be in position however for their role in Ulysses S. Grant’s planned offensive, they would have to cross the Tennessee River yet again, this time at vital Brown’s Ferry. In this two-hour, 1.2 mile round trip walking tour, National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will address the crossing of Sherman’s Army of the Tennessee detachment at Brown’s Ferry and how that critical crossing did much to shape what would unfold in the days just before the “day of Thanksgiving and Praise” Abraham Lincoln had called for for November 26, 1863. Comfortable, supportive, wet-weather outdoor footwear (it is likely to be muddy in places) and clothing appropriate for the weather are strongly recommended.

10 am - The Battle of Lookout Mountain: Starting Over Again
Location: Meet at Cravens House on Lookout Mountain

In 1856, Robert Cravens came to Chattanooga to carve out a living in the iron business. A product of his uncle’s profession of being an iron master, he was one of the first industrialists in Chattanooga. Being self-driven as, he built an iron furnace in Chattanooga and made a very good living. However, most of what he built was soon to fade away. As war reached Chattanooga, it found the Cravens tucked away in their home on the side of Lookout Mountain safe and sound. That would soon change as war swept around the end of the mountain, forcing the family to run for their lives. Robert Cravens soon found out that he was going to have to start all over again.

Come to this 30-minute stationary program at Cravens House to find out how the Cravens went about rebuilding after war destroyed most of what they worked so hard to achieve.

11 am - The Battles for Chattanooga Walking Tour
Location: Meet inside the Point Park entrance gate

Between November 23-25, 1863, Union and Confederates clashed on Chattanooga’s surrounding mountains and ridges. Meet a park ranger for a 45-minute program exploring the actions that helped seal the fate of this important city.

2 pm - “Trained to sweep the slope of the mountain:” The Moccasin Battery & the Battles for Chattanooga
Location: Moccasin Bend Road (approximately 201 Moccasin Bend Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee) just north of the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute; National Park Service “Special Event” signs beginning along Manufacturers Road just west of US 27 will lead you to the parking area

Since late September, 1863, the Union cannon on Stringer’s Ridge had helped to keep the Confederates outside Chattanooga at bay. In late October they had helped open the “Cracker Line” into Chattanooga. Now, as Ulysses S. Grant made his plans to attack and drive the Confederates away from the “Gateway to the Deep South,” the Federal batteries on Moccasin Bend were tapped to play a role too even though Grant’s plan didn’t initially include an assault on Lookout Mountain itself. On this near-eve of Grant’s offensive, join National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden for a two hour, two mile round trip walk through the Union artillery earthworks on Moccasin Bend to learn what Grant had planned and what the guns contributed. Comfortable, supportive, wet-weather outdoor footwear (it is likely to be muddy in places) and clothing appropriate for the weather are strongly recommended for this up hill and down walk over trails of limited improvement.

2 pm - The Battles for Chattanooga Walking Tour
Location: Meet inside the Point Park entrance gate

Between November 23-25, 1863, Union and Confederates clashed on Chattanooga’s surrounding mountains and ridges. Meet a park ranger for a 45-minute program exploring the actions that helped seal the fate of this important city.

3 pm - The Battle of Lookout Mountain
Location: Meet at Cravens House on Lookout Mountain

"As if two equal flows of lava were coming down from the palisade to the base of the mountain.” This was the scene that was described by Confederate General Arthur Manigault as he viewed the fighting on Lookout Mountain from Missionary Ridge. Come and participate in a one-mile round trip ranger-guided walk to the Confederate rifle pits, located near the Cravens House. This walk will last approximately 1 hour.

 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

10 am - Geary’s White Stars Sweep the Cravens Plateau
Location: Cravens House on the Lookout Mountain Battlefield

For over two miles they had struggled around boulders and through draws and ravines on the wet, forested western slope of Lookout Mountain. Now as they neared the northern point of the mountain, they struck the main Confederate defenses. In this two-hour, two mile round trip walking tour, National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will examine what became the climax of the Battle of Lookout Mountain as the men of John White Geary’s Second Division of the Twelfth Corps swept across Robert Craven’s “Alta Vista” farm, securing the northern tip of Lookout Mountain for the Union cause. Comfortable, supportive, outdoor footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather are strongly recommended for this down hill and up walk on limitedly maintained trails freshly carpeted in another fall’s leaf fall.

11 am - The Battles for Chattanooga Walking Tour
Location: Meet inside the Point Park entrance gate

Between November 23-25, 1863, Union and Confederates clashed on Chattanooga’s surrounding mountains and ridges. Meet a park ranger for a 45-minute program exploring the actions that helped seal the fate of this important city.

2 pm - The Battles for Chattanooga Walking Tour
Location: Meet inside the Point Park entrance gate

Between November 23-25, 1863, Union and Confederates clashed on Chattanooga’s surrounding mountains and ridges. Meet a park ranger for a 45-minute program exploring the actions that helped seal the fate of this important city.


2:30 pm - “…with a fearlessness and determination that was astonishing”: Corse’s, Iowans, and Ohioans Attack Tunnel Hill
Location: Sherman Reservation. The street address 2900 Lightfoot Mill Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee, will get you to the parking area along Lightfoot Mill Road

Brigadier General John Corse’s 920 Illinoisans, Iowans, and Ohioans would be the first William Sherman’s “brigade” size attacks against Confederate positions on what was becoming to be called Tunnel Hill. But, as the sun of that November 25, 1863, burned away the morning fog, Corse’s men found something very different from what they’d learned through rainy gloom of the afternoon before. National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will look at Corse’s stage setting attack in this two-hour one mile walking tour at the Sherman Reservation on the Missionary Ridge Battlefield. Comfortable, supportive, outdoor footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather are strongly recommended for this up hill and down walk.

 

November 23, 2021


2 pm - All Remained Quiet Spectators: The Fight for Orchard Knob
Location: Orchard Knob at North Orchard Knob Avenue and Ivy Street

The Union army’s success during this brief, yet overwhelming, engagement set the tone for its success over the next days as they tried to wrestle Chattanooga from the grasp of the besieging Confederates. This 45-minute program will explore the fighting on Orchard Knob that crisp November 23.

 

November 24, 2021

11 am - The Battles for Chattanooga Walking Tour
Location: Meet inside the Point Park entrance gate

Between November 23-25, 1863, Union and Confederates clashed on Chattanooga’s surrounding mountains and ridges. Meet a park ranger for a 45-minute program exploring the actions that helped seal the fate of this important city.

2 pm - Geary’s White Stars Sweep the Cravens Plateau
Location:
Cravens House on the Lookout Mountain Battlefield

For over two miles they had struggled around boulders and through draws and ravines on the wet, forested western slope of Lookout Mountain. Now as they neared the northern point of the mountain, they struck the main Confederate defenses. In this two-hour, two mile round trip walking tour, National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will examine what became the climax of the Battle of Lookout Mountain as the men of John White Geary’s Second Division of the Twelfth Corps swept across Robert Craven’s “Alta Vista” farm, securing the northern tip of Lookout Mountain for the Union cause. Comfortable, supportive, outdoor footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather are strongly recommended for this down hill and up walk on limitedly maintained trails freshly carpeted in another fall’s leaf fall.

 

November 25, 2021


11 am - The Battle of Missionary Ridge
Location: Meet inside the Point Park entrance gate

“Greek had met Greek, and the tug of war had come.” Come and participate in a ranger-led program inside Point Park, on Lookout Mountain, discussing the actions of the Battle of Missionary Ridge. Participants will be able to view the entire length of the ridge from the Parrot-gun overlook. This program will last approximately 1 hour.

Last updated: November 5, 2021

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