Bal­lots and bul­lets:Vot­ing and fight­ing with the 31st Iowa In­fantry

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

On Satur­day, June 24, Chicka­mauga and Chat­tanooga Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park will host a spe­cial liv­ing his­tory pro­gram at Point Park about the 31st Iowa In­fantry and their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Iowa state elec­tions just be­fore the Bat­tle of Look­out Moun­tain.

War often rep­re­sents the fail­ure of po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions to re­solve cri­sis. How­ever, de­spite the rag­ing Civil War, the demo­cratic pro­cesses in the United States often con­tin­ued. Sol­diers were re­spon­si­ble for win­ning the war on the bat­tle­field, but also at the bal­lot box, as the sol­dier vote was in­stru­men­tal to the Union war ef­fort. Join us as we ex­plore one Union reg­i­ment’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the phases of sol­dierci­t­i­zen­ship in the fall of 1863. The pro­gram sched­ule is:

•9:30 am – Mail Call pro­gram

•10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – “Bul­lets:” Com­pany drill and fir­ing demon­stra­tions

•11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. – “Bal­lots:” The 31st Iowa and the 1863 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion

On Sun­day morn­ing, June25, liv­ing his­to­ri­ans will be present to in­ter­act with vis­i­tors about life and morn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in an army camp. Ad­di­tion­ally, there will be ranger-guided tours through­out the week­end at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion to Point Park is $5 per adult, ages 16 and over (chil­dren, ages 15 and un­der are free).

For more in­for­ma­tion about pro­grams at Chicka­mauga and Chat­tanooga Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park, con­tact the Chicka­mauga Bat­tle­field Vis­i­tor Cen­ter at 706866-9241, the Look­out Moun­tain Bat­tle­field Vis­i­tor Cen­ter at 423-8217786, or visit the park’s web­site at www.nps.gov/ chch.

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