Friday, August 20, 2010

Learn about role of horses, mules

Horses and mules were "the other soldiers" of the Civil War and tendered invaluable service as cavalry steeds or artillery haulers.

The public has an opportunity Saturday (Aug. 21) to learn more about their service during a two-hour driving tour at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Park volunteer Richard Manion will lead the free car caravan, which begins at 10 a.m., to various sites and monuments at the 1863 battlefield. It begins at the visitor center. Visitors are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and bring a bottle of water.

"At the Battle of Chickamauga Van Pelt’s Battery suffered significant animal loss, more than fifty horses, five guns and many soldiers. Only one horse survived from this battery," the NPS says.

For more information, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786 or visit the park’s website at

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