To My Dear Wife: John Davenport's Civil War

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Date: January 27, 2016
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 program, including a short hike up Snodgrass Hill, at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday, February 13, 2016. This program will last approximately 45 minutes and will take place multiple times during the day, beginning at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm at Snodgrass Hill (Tour Stop 8).

John Davenport was an ordinary Confederate soldier. A reluctant enlistee from Autauga County, Alabama, Davenport joined the Confederate Army in the summer of 1862. Throughout the war, Davenport wrote love letters home to his wife Mary. One of his letters vividly described his frantic struggle up Snodgrass Hill on September 20, 1863. During this program, visitors will have the opportunity to "meet" Private John F. Davenport and experience the Civil War and the Battle of Chickamauga through the words of this common soldier.

Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, to bring a bottle of water, and to dress appropriately for the weather.

Last updated: January 28, 2016

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