Sunday, September 13, 2009

Battle of Chickamauga 146th anniversary

This coming weekend is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the bloodiest two-day battle of the Civil War.

Union artillery and Confederate infantry demonstrations will highlight the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga in North Gerogia.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is marking the anniversary from Thursday, Sept.17, through Sunday, Sept. 20, with evening programs, walks, talks and tours.

(Not sure I can make this one. Busy on the 19th and probably going to Tunnel Hill on the 20th).

The infantry and artillery programs will describe the action at the Kelly Crossroads from both the Union and Confederate perspective. Demonstrations will take place along Battleline Road at the south end of Kelly Field. Both the infantry and artillery camps will be open to visitors throughout the weekend.

Union Artillery Demonstrations
Saturday, September 19 at 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.
Sunday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Confederate Infantry Demonstrations
Saturday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 20 at 10:45 a.m., 12:15p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.

The action at Elisha Kelly’s farm became the scene of the most sustained fighting of the Battle of Chickamauga, particularly on the final day of the 1863 battle.

More info on the four-day event is at the park’s Web site. The Chattanooga newspaper also has this preview.

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