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Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139
Fort Oglethorpe, GA: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend special programs commemorating the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga from Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21.
Today, when most people hear the term "Chickamauga," the deadly fighting that occurred in North Georgia in 1863 comes to mind. However, for families living in the area in 1864, this place became more than just a battlefield. Union soldiers poured through the area on their march to Atlanta, blue-clad soldiers revisited the battlefield in order to remove their comrades' bodies to the newly opened cemetery in Chattanooga, and locals tried to pick up the pieces left in the wake of battle, many times finding themselves at odds with "Confederate" guerillas.On September 20 and 21, park rangers and living historians will be stationed at various areas in the battlefield providing programs based upon these experiences in 1864.
Throughout the entire four days, visitors can participate in a variety of ranger-guided walks and tours exploring pivotal occurrences and actions that took place during the Battle of Chickamauga, 151 years ago.
Eastern National Bookstore will also be hosting author Dr. Frank Varney from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Varney will be available to sign copies of his book, General Grant and the Rewriting of History, and will present a 45-minute program in the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center both days at 1 pm.
For more information about programs, including locations, commemorating the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, please contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786.