Missionary Ridge Camp #63, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, will again present a Torch Light Tour of the Civil War portions of the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Holtzclaw Avenue, on Memorial Day evening, Monday. The tour will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Chattanooga area Civil War Historian Jim Ogden will be the tour leader.
In acknowledgement of the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of Civil War events in 1862, this year’s Torch Light Tour will focus on some of the soldiers buried in the cemetery who participated in events in this area 150 years ago. These will include the members of the Andrews’ Raid (Great Locomotive Chase) party who are interred in the cemetery as well as several members of the Federal expedition that fired the first shots into Chattanooga on June 7 and 8, 1862.
The tour will begin within the Chattanooga National Cemetery at the old entrance arch near the southwest corner of the cemetery and will last approximately an hour and a half. It will involve about a mile’s walk, including uphill and down. Comfortable, supportive footwear is recommended and participants may want to bring a flashlight to supplement the torches in the latter part of the tour.