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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 a special living history day at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday, July 26. Come experience the power of Civil War artillery as park rangers and living historians tell the story of artillery on the battlefield. These thirty-minute programs will be presented near the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
The battle was something out of a nightmare for the soldiers who experienced it in 1863; the forest was the last place a Civil War battle was supposed to be fought, making it impossible to see, for commanders to lead, and in the case of the artillery, to fight the way they were designed. Civil War cannon were weapons of mass destruction, intended to deliver death and devastation over long distances, which was impossible at Chickamauga in all but a few situations. One of those exceptions was the McDonald Hill, where on the morning of September 20, Captain Lyman Bridges' Illinois Battery went into action. Join us to hear the story of Captain Bridges, his men, and what they did here 151 years ago.