Bat­tle of Chicka­mauga: 155th an­niver­sary

Hikes, talks and tours mark mile­stone event

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The staff of Chicka­mauga and Chat­tanooga Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park in­vites the public to join in com­mem­o­rat­ing the 155th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Chicka­mauga.

A series of ranger-guided tours, hikes with park his­to­rian Jim Og­den, lec­tures and liv­ing his­tory demon­stra­tions are sched­uled from Fri­day, Sept. 14, to Sun­day, Sept. 23.

Be­gin­ning Sept. 18, 1863, Union and Con­fed­er­ate forces clashed along the banks of West Chicka­mauga Creek. At stake was the trans­porta­tion hub of Chat­tanooga. For three days, the armies strug­gled through woods and fields, leav­ing be­hind thou­sands of young men cut down in the prime of their lives.

De­spite the Con­fed­er­ate vic­tory at Chicka­mauga, the Union Army re­grouped in Chat­tanooga, where a Union vic­tory marked the “Death Knell of the Con­fed­er­acy.”

Fol­low­ing is a list of events hap­pen­ing this week­end. A com­plete pro­gram sched­ule is avail­able at: www.nps.gov/chch/chicka­mauga155.htm.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 706-866-9241.

SCHED­ULE OF AN­NIVER­SARY EVENTS

› What: Youth Pro­gram­ming: The Camp of In­struc­tion

› When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 15; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 16

› Where: Vis­i­tor Cen­ter

Through­out the week­end, liv­ing his­to­ri­ans with the West­ern Fed­eral In­fantry will be en­camped at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter. Young peo­ple will have the op­por­tu­nity to “en­list” and in­ter­act at sta­tions on both in­fantry and ar­tillery drill, as well as daily life for sol­diers.

Af­ter com­plet­ing all the sta­tions and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pro­gram out on the bat­tle­field, young peo­ple will earn their Ju­nior Ranger Badge.

Com­pany drill and fir­ing demon­stra­tions will take place each day at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

› What: A.P. Ste­wart’s Divi­sion and the Fight For Poe Field

› When: 10: 30 a. m., 12: 30, 1: 30, 2: 30 and 4: 30 p. m. Satur­day, Sept. 15; 10: 30 a. m., 12: 30, 1: 30 and 2:30 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 16

› Where: Poe Field (Tour Stop 3)

Through­out the week­end, liv­ing his­to­ri­ans will por­tray the men of A. P. Ste­wart’s Divi­sion. Meet at Poe Field to hear first­hand ac­counts from the re- en­ac­tors and to view fir­ing demon­stra­tions.

Fol­low the spe­cial pro­gram signs to the park­ing area.

RANGER-LED PRE­SEN­TA­TIONS SATUR­DAY, SEPT. 15

› 9: 30 a. m. Bi­cy­cle tour of Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field

Meet at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, bring your own bike and hel­met.

› 10 a. m. and 2 p. m. Car car­a­van tour of Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field

Meet at Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for two-hour car car­a­van tour of bat­tle­field.

› 1 p.m. John Vaughan’s Chicka­mauga

Meet at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for 45-minute pro­gram on Bat­tle of Chicka­mauga from the per­spec­tive of John Vaughan, a lieu­tenant in the 8th CS Cavalry, who doc­u­mented his in­volve­ment in his di­ary.

› 3 p.m. The Can­is­ter Hissed Over Them: Van Pelt Makes a Stand

Meet at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for a 45- minute pro­gram to drive out to Win­frey Field where Ge­orge Van Pelt and his men fought on Sept. 19, as de­picted in the park’s ori­en­ta­tion film.

› 4 p.m. John McC­line’s Chicka­mauga

Meet at Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for this 45-minute pro­gram on the ex­pe­ri­ences of John McC­line, a 10- year- old boy from Mid­dle Ten­nessee who found him­self as a team­ster with the 13th Michi­gan In­fantry dur­ing the Bat­tle of Chicka­mauga.

SUN­DAY, SEPT. 16

› 9 a. m. A Friend’s Devo­tion: Carter Van Vleck and Wil­liam Broad­dus

Meet at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for this 45-minute pro­gram and learn about the bat­tle’s ef­fect on Lt. Col. Carter Van Vleck of the 78th Illi­nois, who was forced to leave his best friend be­hind in Con­fed­er­ate hands.

› 10 a. m. and 2 p. m. Car car­a­van tour of Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field

Meet at Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for a two-hour car car­a­van tour of the bat­tle­field with a park ranger.

› 1 p. m. Ju­lia Sn­od­grass’s Chicka­mauga

Meet at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for a 45- minute pro­gram ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Bat­tle of Chicka­mauga from the per­spec­tive of Ju­lia Sn­od­grass, a 6-yearold gi rl whose home be­came the scene of the hor­rific cli­max of the bat­tle.

› 3 p.m. I Do Solemnly Swear — To Live and Die in Dixie

On the morn­ing of Sept. 20, Con­fed­er­ate Gen. John C. Breck­in­ridge or­dered Con­fed­er­ates to at­tack the Union line along present-day Bat­tle­line Road. In do­ing so, did Breck­in­ridge break an oath to sup­port the Con­sti­tu­tion of the United States?

Learn about the ac­tion on this end of the Union line dur­ing the bat­tle and dis­cuss the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of his ac­tions. Meet at the

Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for this 45-minute pro­gram. MON­DAY-WED­NES­DAY, SEPT. 17-19

10 a. m. and 2 p. m. Car car­a­van tour of Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field

Meet at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for a two-hour car car­a­van tour of the bat­tle­field.

WED­NES­DAY, SEPT. 19

› 11 a. m. Like a Pack of Wolves: The Fight For Win­frey Field

Meet at the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for this 90-minute walk­ing tour through Win­frey Field dis­cussing bat­tle ac­tion there on Sept. 19.

› 3 p.m. Drift­wood in a Squall: A. P. Ste­wart’s Break­through

Meet at Vis­i­tor Cen­ter for this two-hour walk­ing tour cov­er­ing Ste­wart’s break­through from Brock Field to the Brother­ton and Poe farm sites.

STAFF FILE PHOTO

As part of the 155th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Chicka­mauga, walk­ing tours will be of­fered Wed­nes­day, Sept. 19. Nu­mer­ous hikes, car car­a­vans and lec­tures are planned in honor of the an­niver­sary.

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