155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga: Battle Hikes with the Park Historian

The park historian pointing across a grassy field while a crowd looks on
Battle hikes with the park historian are popular with visitors who have an interest in military history.

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Between September 14-23, Park Historian Jim Ogden will lead a series of in-depth hikes and tours examining, in detail, specific actions and locations during the Battle of Chickamauga. These tours typically last anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and usually involve more than a mile or more of walking through uneven terrain and across unmowed fields. Please dress appropriately, bring a water bottle, and wear sunscreen and insect repellant. Some visitors bring lightweight folding chairs, but be prepared to carry them for long distances.

Friday, September 14

7 pm - The Importance of the March Thomas Makes at Night
Location: Meet at the visitor center

This 90-minute part caravan, part walking tour led by Park Historian Jim Ogden, beginning at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, will examine part of Union General George Thomas’s night march and its importance to the Battle of Chickamauga.

Saturday, September 15

9 am - Forrest’s Saturday Morning
Location: Jay’s Mill

In the pre-dawn darkness, in what was supposed to be the Confederate rear, there was a brief exchange of gunfire. Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest and part of his command rode north to investigate. This 90-minute 1 1/2 mile walking tour, led by Park Historian Jim Ogden will examine what Forrest discovered in his reconnaissance and how this shaped the course of the developing battle.

Noon - Jackson and Maney’s Fight in the Woods
Location: Brotherton Road Picnic Area

This 2-hour, 2-mile walking tour, led by Park Historian Jim Ogden will examine the experiences of Confederate Generals John Jackson’s and George Maney’s brigades during the fight of September 19.

3 pm - The Afternoon Fight at Brock Field
Location: Brotherton Road Picnic Area

This 90-minute 1 1/2 mile walking tour, led by Park Historian Jim Ogden, will explore the area around Brock Field, scene of some of the most costly and furious action during the afternoon of September 19.

7 pm - The Iron and Lead Pills of an Indiana Pharmacist
Location: Glenn - Viniard Road

On a battlefield largely unfit for artillery, Eli Lilly and his 18th Indiana battery had a position where its big guns could contribute significantly. Lilly and his battery will be the focus of this 90-minute, 1 1/2 mile walking tour.

Sunday, September 16

9 am - “I Consisdered Our Position the Best We Could Get...:” Crittenden’s Batteries in Dyer Field
Location: Meet at the Horse Unloading Area along Chickamauga-Vittetoe Road

On September 20, Union General Thomas Crittenden and two of his divisions were supposed to be in reserve. But before the fighting had hardly begun, most of the reserve had already been put in line, except for some of Crittenden’s artillery. The store of those guns that fateful Sunday will be the focus of this 90-minute 1 1/2 mile walking tour led by Park Historian Jim Ogden.

11:30 am - Robertson’s Texans on September 20
Location: Meet at Poe Road (Tour Stop 3)

In the late morning of September 20, John Bell Hood’s old Texas Brigade, now commanded by Jerome Robertson, found itself advancing in the fourth line of James Longstreet’s assault column, but they soon found themselves at the front. This 2-hour 2 mile walking tour, led by Park Historian Jim Ogden, will examine the role of Robertson’s Texans and Arkansans during the Confederate Breakthrough.

Tuesday, September 18

7 pm - Fateful Crossroads
Location: Meet at the visitor center
The intersection near a stream sawmill came to play an important role in the developing battle on September 18 and 19. This 90-minute, 1-mile walking tour led by Park Historian Jim Ogden will examine how the decisions made at Jay’s Mill shaped the course of battle.

Wednesday, September 19

7 pm - “With Dusk the Attack Looked For Took Place”
Location: Brotherton Road Picnic Area

In the smoke-choked woods, night perhaps seemed to come early. With it came orders to reposition and another Rebel attack. This 90-minute 1 1/2-mile walking tour led by Park Historian Jim Ogden will examine Richard Johnson’s Division’s actions at dusk on September 19.

Thursday, September 20

7 pm - Manigault and Deas Attack Horseshoe Ridge
Location: Chickamauga Vittetoe Road, follow the special event signs from the visitor center
They had already fought more than a mile, now the Alabamians and South Carolinians under the command of Arthur Manigault and Zachariah Deas moved to attack the Union lines on the wooded slopes to the north. This 90-minute 1 1/2 mile walking tour led by Park Historian Jim Ogden will examine the left of the Confederate assault on the Snodgrass Hill-Horseshoe Ridge Line.

Last updated: August 17, 2018

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