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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Superintendent Shawn Benge invites the public to attend a special program on Saturday, March 8, 2008. Park Guide Lee White will present a program on Nadine Lvova Turchin and her observations on the battle of Chickamauga and events leading up to that conflict. This program will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, and will last approximately 30 minutes.
Nadine Turchin, the wife of Union Brigadier General John Basil Turchin, was very unusual for a woman of her time. Born in Russia, she was the daughter of a Russian officer. In 1856, she married Ivan Vasilovitch Turchinov, also a Russian officer, with whom she immigrated to the United States. Upon arrival in the United States, the Turchinov’s changed their last name to Turchin, and John Basil Turchin would later become the only Russian born General to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War. Nadine traveled with her husband during the war, and was always a force to be respected. Nadine kept a diary which included her very outspoken views on her husband’s fellow officers, as well as the events that unfolded around her at Chickamauga. This special program will tell her story.
For more information, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241.