Veterans Day Program at Public Library is November 11

Saturday, November 02, 2013

The Chattanooga Area Historical Association and the Local History and Genealogy Department of The Public Library invite you to this special Veteran’s Day program.

The program will begin with a brief re-enactment of two recipients of the Medal of Honor from the Chickamauga & Chattanooga Campaigns in September & November 1863. It will include a bugle call by the Army MOH recipient, Musician William J. Carson; 15th US Infantry Regiment who is portrayed by re-enactor Patrick Parris of Trenton , Ga. The Medal of Honor will be awarded by Secretary of War, William Stanton, who will be portrayed by local historian and author, E. Raymond Evans.

The Medal will also be awarded to Mary E. Walker, who was a "Contract Assistant Surgeon" for the Army of the Cumberland and the only women to ever receive the Medal of Honor. Mary will be portrayed by Carol Laing, Secretary for the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History.

The main part of the program will be a presentation on Chattanooga's National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History and the Military Heritage of Chattanooga in the Civil War. Those making the presentation will be Jim Wade- Executive Director and George Davenport - Board of Trustee member for the museum. 

Copies of the Museum's new book, "Paths of Valor," will be available covering the Medal of Honor in the Civil War and the Chattanooga area. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Scott Seagle at 423/364-3169 or email at seaglehomes@comcast.net.


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