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Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139
Fort Oglethorpe, GA: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Friends of the Park invite the public to come experience the newest edition to the Orchard Knob neighborhood. The park and Friends plan to unveil two new interpretive wayside exhibits atop the Orchard Knob Reservation. On Tuesday, August 5, at 5 pm, Park Superintendent Brad Bennett will discuss the historical importance of the area and the continued importance of the community that surrounds Orchard Knob. This special event will occur in conjunction with the annual Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association block party.
On November 23, 1863, thousands of blue-clad soldiers assaulted and crashed around a few hundred Confederates stationed atop Orchard Knob. After a brief, yet desperate fight, the small knoll was securely in Union hands. From the knob, two days later, General U.S. Grant directed the Union army's attack on Missionary Ridge. It is the park's hope that these new wayside exhibits will provide a clearer picture of what transpired on those fateful November days in 1863.