155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga: Ranger-Guided Tours and Presentations

A ranger holding a map talks to a crowd of people in a field under a tree
A ranger-guided tour is a great way to learn about the Battle of Chickamauga

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Throughout the battle anniversary period, rangers will lead numerous tours and programs exploring the Battle of Chickamauga. These range from broad overview tours to presentations on the experiences of individual participants in the Battle of Chickamauga.

A schedule of ranger-guided tours and presentations is listed below.

Saturday, September 15

9:30 am - Bicycle Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Take a bicycle tour of the battlefield with a park ranger. The tour begins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Bring your own bike and helmet, or call the Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 x123 to reserve a bike from Outdoor Chattanooga.

10 am and 2 pm - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Learn about the Battle of Chickamauga on a 2-hour car caravan tour of the battlefield with a park ranger.

1 pm - John Vaughan’s Chickamauga
Location: Meet at the visitor center

In this 45-minute program, experience the Battle of Chickamauga from the perspective of John Vaughan, a lieutenant in the 8th CS Cavalry, who documented his involvement in the Battle of Chickamauga in his diary.

3 pm - The Canister…Hissed Over Them: Van Pelt Makes a Stand
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Standing next to his cannon on September 19, George Van Pelt from Coldwater, Michigan, was engulfed by Confederates and became one of the thousands of soldiers left lifeless on the battlefield. Why did he choose to remain with his guns and what was the cost of his stand? Meet at the visitor center for this 45-minute program to drive out to Winfrey Field for where George Van Pelt and his men fought on September 19, as depicted in the park’s orientation film.

4 pm - John McCline’s Chickamauga
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program on the experiences of John McCline, a 10-year-old boy from Middle Tennessee who found himself as a teamster with the 13th Michigan Infantry during the Battle of Chickamauga.

Sunday, September 16

9 am - A Friend’s Devotion: Carter Van Vleck and William Broaddus
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program and learn about the battle’s effect on Lt. Colonel Carter Van Vleck of the 78th Illinois, who was forced to leave his best friend behind, in Confederate hands.

10 am and 2 pm - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Learn about the Battle of Chickamauga on a 2-hour car caravan tour of the battlefield with a park ranger.

1 pm - Julia Snodgrass’s Chickamauga
Location: Meet at the visitor center

In this 45-minute ranger guided program, experience the Battle of Chickamauga from the perspective of Julia Snodgrass, a 6-year-old girl whose home became the scene of the horrific climax of the battle.

3 pm - I Do Solemnly Swear – To Live and Die in Dixie
Location: Meet at the visitor center

On the morning of September 20, Confederate General John C. Breckinridge ordered Confederates to attack the Union line along present-day Battleline Road. In doing so, did General Breckinridge break a solemn oath to support the Constitution of the United States? Come learn about the action on this end of the Union line during the Battle of Chickamauga and discuss the ramifications of his actions. Meet at the Visitor Center for this 45-minute program.

Monday, September 17

10 am and 2 pm - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Learn about the Battle of Chickamauga on a 2-hour car caravan tour of the battlefield with a park ranger.

Tuesday, September 18

10 am and 2 pm - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Learn about the Battle of Chickamauga on a 2-hour car caravan tour of the battlefield with a park ranger.

Wednesday, September 19

10 am and 2 pm - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Learn about the Battle of Chickamauga on a 2-hour car caravan tour of the battlefield with a park ranger.

11 am - Like a Pack of Wolves: The Fight For Winfrey Field
Location: Meet at the visitor center

The early morning fighting on September 19th set the tone for the battle of Chickamauga. Chaos reigned as units stumbled into each other, and moments of victory soon turned into panic and desperation in the woods and fields east of LaFayette Road. Join a park ranger for this 1 1/2-hour walking tour through Winfrey Field.

3 pm - Driftwood in a Squall: A.P. Stewart’s Breakthrough
Location: Meet at the visitor center

On the afternoon of September 19, Confederate General A.P. Stewart’s “Little Giant” division rushed into the fight and turned what appeared to be a disaster into a moment of promise for the Confederates. Join a park ranger for this 2-hour walking tour covering Stewart’s breakthrough from Brock Field to the Brotherton and Poe farm sites.

Thursday, September 20

10 am and 2 pm - Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Learn about the Battle of Chickamauga on a 2-hour car caravan tour of the battlefield with a park ranger.

11 am - A Scene of Unsurpassing Grandeur: Longstreet’s Breakthrough
Location: Meet at the visitor center

In the late morning of September 20, thousands of Confederate soldiers, led by General James Longstreet, punched through the center of the Union line, causing a third of the Union troops flee the battlefield. Join a park ranger for this 2-hour walking tour exploring the scene of one of the Civil War’s most successful attacks.

3 pm - “There’s More Than a Million of Them if There’s a Hundred:” The Union Defense of Horseshoe Ridge and Snodgrass Hill
Location: Meet at the visitor center

In the aftermath of the disaster that befell the Union center and right, Union troops formed along the heights above George Washington Snodgrass’s farm. Their defense became the one bright spot for the Union cause on an otherwise bleak afternoon. Join a park ranger for this 1 1/2-hour walking tour of Horseshoe Ridge and Snodgrass Hill to learn about the Union defense along this key position.

Friday, September 21

2 pm - Patients and Prisoners: The Aftermath of Battle
Location: Meet at the visitor center

Join a park ranger for a 90-minute car caravan tour exploring fate of the wounded and those taken prisoner in the aftermath of battle.

Last updated: August 17, 2018

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