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Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139
Fort Oglethorpe, GA: Many of the monuments at Chickamauga Battlefield bear faces—soldiers standing ready to fight, to live, to die, and to protect. Yet who were these faces? How did they come to be at Chickamauga Battlefield? Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special, 2-hour car caravan/walking tour at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 2 pm to dig deeper into understanding these monuments. This tour will begin at the park visitor center.
The Battle of Chickamauga left thousands dead and a landscape scarred and ruined. Just over 25 years later, veterans from both sides returned to establish that hallowed ground as Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, joining Yellowstone National Park as only the second park founded on the national park idea. To mark where soldiers fought, they placed stone and iron monuments. In bas relief images and honored words, these monuments remain today as sentinels and storytellers to the memories of those who lived through the horror of this battle.