What Makes a Fortification?

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Date: August 28, 2017
Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213x139

Fort Oglethorpe, GA: On Saturday, September 9, at 2 pm, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a special one hour program at the Sherman Reservation on Missionary Ridge delving into the role of field fortifications used by Confederate soldiers positioned along Missionary Ridge.


Confederates created a means of crude field fortifications by using rocks, logs, and other materials to defend their position. The Confederate right flank was generally in the shape of an upside-down “L.” The short part of the “L” extended south, while the long part extended to the east. These fortifications, although different from other earthen fortifications, provided the necessary protection for the Confederate soldiers defending Missionary Ridge until supporting troops from Union Gen. George Thomas were brought into the fight. Come learn about an often overlooked aspect of the battlefield – the field fortifications used to defend Missionary Ridge.

Please remember to dress appropriately for weather conditions and to bring a bottle of water. Folding chairs are also welcome.   

For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.

Last updated: August 28, 2017

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