President Abraham Lincoln believed that taking Chattanooga was as important as taking Richmond. Why was a small town of 2,500 as important as the capital of the Confederacy? The small city lay on the banks of the Tennessee River where it cut through the Appalachian Mountains, allowing four major railroads to converge. If the Union captured Chattanooga, it could cripple Confederate supply lines and strike at the industrial heart of the Confederacy.
The Battle of Chickamauga
Learn about the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863
The Battles for Chattanooga
Learn about the Battles for Chattanooga in November, 1863
Creating a National Military Park
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was established in August of 1890.
The Fuller Gun Collection
The Fuller Gun Collection at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center is one of the largest collections of military weapons in the U.S.
Last updated: March 8, 2018