His­tory lessons on land or wa­ter

Are you in­ter­ested in tak­ing a kayak tour that fol­lows the same route as the U.S. sol­diers who opened the fa­mous Cracker Line dur­ing the Civil War?

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Two events are of­fered by the Na­tional Park Ser­vice this week­end that will give par­tic­i­pants a chance to get out and en­joy the area’s beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral scenery while learn­ing a lit­tle more about the city’s his­tory.


When: 9 a. m.-1 p. m. Fri­day, Aug. 31

Where: Di­rec­tions to the launch site will be given with reser­va­tion con­fir­ma­tion. Ad­mis­sion: Free For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-643-6888

Are you in­ter­ested in tak­ing a kayak tour that fol­lows the same route as the U.S. sol­diers who opened the fa­mous Cracker Line dur­ing the Civil War?

Na­tional Park Part­ners and Friends of Out­door Chat­tanooga are spon­sor­ing a 4- hour kayak tour with a ranger Fri­day. Par­tic­i­pants will pad­dle down the Ten­nes­see River, around the tip of Moc­casin Bend, while learn­ing about the sup­ply line that helped lift the Con­fed­er­ate siege of Chat­tanooga.

Par­tic­i­pants must be age 14 or older and know how to swim.

Out­door Chat­tanooga and the Na­tional Park Ser­vice re­serve the right to can­cel the trip at their dis­cre­tion, due to weather or wa­ter con­di­tions. Par­tic­i­pants will be no­ti­fied as soon as pos­si­ble if there is a can­cel­la­tion, with a rain date of Sept. 7. If you must can­cel your reser­va­tion, do so with a min­i­mum of 24 hours notice.

To make a reser­va­tion, email info@out­door­chat­tanooga.com.


When: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 1; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 2 Where: Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Look­out Moun­tain Ad­mis­sion: $ 7 ages 16 and older

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-752-5213

The 16th Alabama Liv­ing His­tory Reg­i­ment will con­duct In­fantry demons t rati ons f or vis­i­tors dur­ing a liv­ing his­tory en­camp­ment at Point Park.

Pro­grams are sched­uled at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Satur­day. Pro­grams are at 10: 30 and 11: 30 a. m., 1: 30 and 2:30 p.m. Sun­day.

Af­ter be­ing out­ma­neu­vered from Mid­dle Ten­nes­see in sum­mer 1863, the Con­fed­er­ate Army of Ten­nes­see oc­cu­pied and be­gan for­ti­fy­ing the city of Chat­tanooga.

How­ever, by the first week of Septem­ber, the Union Army of the Cum­ber­land was on the move again, and the Con­fed­er­ates with­drew from Chat­tanooga to­ward LaFayette, Ge­or­gia, a move that ul­ti­mately led to the Bat­tle of Chicka­mauga.

This liv­ing his­tory pro­gram will ex­plore how and why the Con­fed­er­ates chose to aban­don Chat­tanooga 155 years ago.


With the city of Chat­tanooga below, vis­i­tors walk on one of the many trails at the Point Park unit of the Chicka­mauga and Chat­tanooga Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park. Liv­ing his­tory re-en­ac­tors of the 16th Alabama will present In­fantry demon­stra­tions Satur­day and Sun­day at Point Park.

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