158th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 2021: Program Schedule

Important Safety Message

Masks are required in all NPS buildings and on all forms of enclosed public transportation, regardless of location or vaccination status.

While attending outdoor programs, we encourage visitors to take proper precautions and social distance in order to protect themselves and others.

Some of these programs will involve walking on trails with minimally developed surfaces and in fields with taller grass. Comfortable, supportive, closed-toe footwear is recommended as well as clothing appropriate for the field and weather. Participants are also encouraged to bring water.

 

Kids Programming

Throughout the anniversary, September 18-20, kids are encouraged to stop by the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to pick up a special 158th anniversary Jr. Ranger packet and explore Chickamauga Battlefield. Once complete, potential Jr. Rangers can bring their booklets back to the visitor center and receive a special Jr. Ranger patch.

 

Saturday, September 18

9:30 am - "Occupied after a Brief Skirmish:" Buckner Seizes Thedford's and Dalton's Fords
Braxton Bragg's designated crossing of the steep-banked Chickamauga on September 18, 1863, included Thedford's and Dalton's Fords. Alexander Stewart's and William Preston's divisions of Buckner's Confederate Corps were to cross there. National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will lead this 2 1/2 hour, three mile hike to the creek and back and will examine the action at these two key but often overlooked crossings on the "River of Death." This program will begin on Alexander-Viniard Road. Follow the "Special Program" signs from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to Alexander-Viniard Road via Alexander's Bridge Road.

9:30 am - Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour
The national military park and Outdoor Chattanooga will offer a free, historical bike tour through Chickamauga Battlefield. Ride length is approximately 3 to 4 miles on flat to moderately-hilly terrain and lasts about 2.5 hours. The ride is appropriate for adults and children ages 8 years and older, when accompanied by an adult. Children must be able to ride confidently, without training wheels. All participants are required to wear helmets. Loaner bicycles will be available for riders 5 feet and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the National Park Partners and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. The number of loaner bicycles are limited and reservations for them are required by visiting http://bit.ly/outdoorchatt or by calling 423-643-6888. If you bring your own equipment, no reservation is necessary.

10 am - Ranger-led Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Meet a park ranger at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to begin a caravan tour of the battlefield exploring various sites associated with the Battle of Chickamauga. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm - Artillery Demonstrations
Living historians, portraying members of the 11th Indiana Battery, will conduct demonstrations at Lytle Hill, in Chickamauga Battlefield. Please follow the "Special Program" signs to the parking area at the Recreation Field.

1:30 pm - The Fight at Alexander's
The West Chickamauga Creek Bridge at John P. Alexander's was supposed to be one of the key crossing points for Confederate General Braxton Bragg on September 18, 1863. As Confederates approached, however, they found that they were going to be in for a fight. In this 90-minute program, National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will relate the events that unfolded on what was the largest farm on the battlefield and how those events shaped the developing battle. This program will begin on Alexander-Viniard Road. Follow the "Special Program" signs from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to Alexander-Viniard Road via LaFayette Road.

2 pm - Ranger-led Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Meet a park ranger at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to begin a caravan tour of the battlefield exploring various sites associated with the Battle of Chickamauga. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

4 pm - Hood Sweeps up the Chickamauga
"...on crossing at or near Reed's Bridge, will turn to the left by the most practicable route and sweep up the Chickamauga." Those were about the only instructions Confederate General John B. Hood received when, on the afternoon of September 18, 1863, fresh off the train from Virginia, he joined a Confederate column crossing at Reed's Bridge. Join National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden for the part car caravan, part walking tour exploring the role of Hood and his column west of the Chickamauga on the afternoon of the 18th. This program will begin at Jay's Mill. Follow the "Special Program" signs from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.

 

Sunday, September 19

10 am - Walthall vs. the Regulars
The growing fight in the woods west of Jay's Steam Sawmill drew troops from both sides, sent by superiors who could offer little more direction than to move to the sound of the firing. In this two hour, roughly two mile walking tour, National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will relate the action that primarily unfolded in the woods northeast of Winfrey Field. This program will begin at the intersection of Alexander's Bridge Road and Brotherton Road. Follow the "Special Program" sings from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.

10 am - Ranger-led Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Meet a park ranger at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to begin a caravan tour of the battlefield exploring various sites associated with the Battle of Chickamauga. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm - Artillery Demonstrations
Living historians, portraying members of the 11th Indiana Battery, will conduct demonstrations at Lytle Hill, in Chickamauga Battlefield. Please follow the "Special Program" signs to the parking area at the Recreation Field.

1:30 pm - William Carnes' Troubles
The woods of the valley of the "River of Death" were proving to be a problem for the artillery. The youthful Captain William Carnes' ordered his Confederate batterymen to unstrap the axes from the limbers to cut some trees in order to get the carriages through the forest. He was determined to support the Tennessee infantry brigade to which he was attached, but then, the situation began to turn south for the young officer and his men. National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will relate Carnes' fight of the afternoon of September 19, 1863, in this two hour, two mile walking tour. This program will begin on Brotherton Road near Brock Field. Follow the "Special Program" signs from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to Brotherton Road via Alexander's Bridge Road.

2 pm - Ranger-led Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Meet a park ranger at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to begin a caravan tour of the battlefield exploring various sites associated with the Battle of Chickamauga. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

 

Monday, September 20

9:30 am - An Attempt to turn the Union Left
On the morning of September 20, 1863, Confederates attacked the Union left flank near the present-day visitor center, hoping to turn the blue-clad soldiers south, away from Chattanooga. This 1-hour program will meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and will explore the action that took place around the McDonald Farm.

10 am - Ranger-led Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Meet a park ranger at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to begin a caravan tour of the battlefield exploring various sites associated with the Battle of Chickamauga. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

1:30 pm - Slowing Down the Breakthrough: Mendenhall's Line
On September 20, 1863, Confederates successfully broke through the Union Army of the Cumberland's center. If not for the heroic stand on the ridge in west Dyer Field by Union artillery and infantrymen, the battle might have been more catastrophic. This 2-hour program, which will include a short walk, will begin at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and caravan to the program location.

2 pm - Ranger-led Car Caravan Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield
Meet a park ranger at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center to begin a caravan tour of the battlefield exploring various sites associated with the Battle of Chickamauga. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

Last updated: August 17, 2021

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