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Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213x139
Fort Oglethorpe, GA: On Saturday, July 1, at 2 pm, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a special 45 minute program at Chickamauga Battlefield. This program, beginning at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, will explore the impact the 1831 slave insurrection, led by Nat Turner, had on the South and how the echoes of that event were still being felt on the battlefield of Chickamauga, over three decades later. Remember to dress appropriately for conditions and bring along a bottle of water and a folding chair, if you like.
Nat Turner’s Revolt was the stuff of nightmares for slaveholders across the South. The thoughts of enslaved men breaking the chains of bondage and fighting for their freedom created a culture of fear that finally boiled over into the events leading to the outbreak of the Civil War. To hear some of the stories of how the revolt affected a number of men who fought in the Battle of Chickamauga, please join a park ranger for a short drive onto the battlefield.
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.