155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga: Living History Programs

Men in Confederate Uniforms advance past a cabin
Living history programs allow visitors to see, hear, and experience the Battle of Chickamauga in different way.

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Living historian presentations provide a unique opportunity for visitors and volunteers to experience the Battle of Chickamauga. During the weekends of September 15-16 and September 22-23, the park will host several living history organizations conducting programs on the experiences of various groups of soldiers who participated in the Battle of Chickamauga.

A schedule of living history programs during the battle anniversary is listed below.

Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16

Youth Programming: The Camp of Instruction

Location: The visitor center
Throughout the weekend, living historians with the Western Federal Infantry will be encamped at the visitor center. Young people will have the opportunity to “enlist” and interact at stations on both infantry and artillery drill, as well as daily life for soldiers. The stations will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. After completing all of the stations and participating in a program out on the battlefield, young people will earn their Junior Ranger Badge.

Company drill and firing demo:
Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

A.P. Stewart’s Division and the Fight For Poe Field

Location: Poe Field (Tour Stop 3)
Throughout the weekend, living historians will portray the men of A.P. Stewart’s Division. Meet at Poe Field (Tour Stop 3) to hear first-hand accounts from the men who fought in this area of the battlefield and to view firing demonstrations. Follow the special program signs to the parking area.

On Saturday, programs and firing demos will take place at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.
On Sunday, programs and firing demos will take place at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and
2:30 pm.

Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

The 21st Ohio Infantry at Snodgrass Hill

Location: Snodgrass Hill (Tour Stop 8)
The 21st Ohio Infantry, equipped with the famous Colt Revolving Rifles, are one of the more famous regiments at the Battle of Chickamauga. The unit fought at Snodgrass Hill on September 20, and many of the men were taken prisoner when the Union Army withdrew from the field. Throughout the weekend, living historians will be at Snodgrass Hill sharing the story of these Buckeyes.

On Saturday, programs will take place at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and
3:30 pm
On Sunday, programs will take place at 10:30 am,11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm

Last updated: August 23, 2018

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