Chattanooga Commemorates The 150th Anniversary Of The Civil War With 10,000+ Soldier Reenactment And Special Events

Friday, June 7, 2013 - by Candace Davis

Throughout 2013, Chattanooga is commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Campaign for Chattanooga battles with a variety of special events, including the largest reenactment in the western theater for the Anniversary with over 10,000+ Re-enactors, an outdoor patriotic concert and the four-day Signature Event “Occupation and Liberation.”

Because of Chattanooga’s strategic location, river and rail systems, some of the hardest fought and most complex battles happened during the fall of 1863 on Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Because of Chattanooga’s strategic location, river and rail systems, Chattanooga was considered the gateway to the Deep South and an important location for both the Union and the Confederate armies. Union forces under U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant blasted away that hope in November 1863 when Chattanooga fell at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, known collectively as the Battles for Chattanooga.

The victories forced the Confederates back into Georgia, ending the siege of the vital railroad junction of Chattanooga, and paving the way for Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's Atlanta campaign and march to Savannah, Ga., in 1864.

These victories ended the siege of the vital railroad junction of Chattanooga and set the stage for General William Tecumseh Sherman's 1864 Atlanta Campaign and his famous March to the Sea and the eventual resolution of the long war. The Campaign for Chattanooga changed the course of our nation’s history.

Today, The Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park stands as the oldest and the largest military parks in the nation and was established through the efforts of Civil War veterans who came together from both armies in 1889. This Civil War battleground not only preserves, but also honors heroism, reconciliation and national reunification.

CCNMP is headquartered at Chickamauga Battlefield in Chickamauga, Ga. where the fields and woods of over 4,000 acres of northwest Georgia witnessed the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War on Sept. 19 and 20, 1863. The Chickamauga Battlefield Visitors Center includes exhibits, the Fuller Gun Collection, a new movie “The Campaign for Chattanooga: The Death Knell of the Confederacy”,  a fiber optic map, hiking and biking routes, and information on how to experience the area’s Civil War history. The Visitors Center at Point Park on Lookout Mountain features a 30’x13’ painting by James Walker, an eyewitness to the Battle Above the Clouds, several short audio-visual presentations about the painting and the Battles for Chattanooga and a bookstore.

150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL WAR SPECIAL EVENTS

Chattanooga is commemorating the Campaign for Chattanooga with a variety of special events beginning in June. For a list of all events, visit www.chattanoogafun.com/150th-anniversary-of-the-civil-war-special-events.

Riverbend Festival features 2nd South Carolina (Civil War) String Band ($)

June 7     8-9 p.m.                  Unum Stage

2nd South Carolina (Civil War) String Band in Concert ($)

June 8     2 p.m.

Tullahoma Campaign Bus Tour: The Struggle for the “Gateway” Begins ($)

June 22     7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.   

150th Anniversary Events at Chickamauga Battlefield (FREE)

Sept. 14-15     8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Pops in the Military Park (FREE)

Sept. 21     7-9 p.m.

150th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle at Chickamauga with 10,000+ Reenactors ($)

Sept. 21 & 22     9 a.m.-6 p.m.                   

150th Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event – “Occupation and Liberation” Symposium (FREE/$)

Oct. 9-12     9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Battles for Chattanooga Living History & Tours (FREE/$)

Nov. 22, 23, 24     9 a.m.–5 p.m.

WHERE TO STAY

To make it easier to find lodging for the 150th Chickamauga Reenactment, 150th Signature Event and to visit our Civil War sites, more than 30 of our hotel members are offering special reduced rates. Properties are scattered throughout downtown and within 5-20 minutes away. Specials include the nights of Sept. 19-23, and Oct. 8-14. Most hotels will be making a donation to Friends of Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park with your stay during these 150th Anniversary dates to continue to Preserve & Protect our battlefields and national treasures. www.chattanoogafun.com/tncivilwar150th.


Rock City Donates To Emily's Power For A Cure From Fairytale Nights Proceeds

See Rock City (SRC), Inc. presented Emily’s Power for a Cure (EPFAC) with a $2,000 donation from their Fairytale Nights event, at Tucker’s Trek on Sunday.   "Our community partnerships are an important part of continuing the legacy of generosity that has lived through three generations of Rock City's ownership,” said SRC President Susan Harris. “We are proud to partner ... (click for more)

State Park Restaurants Celebrate Mother’s Day

The Mother’s Day Buffet will be available at these state park restaurants: Cumberland Mountain State Park         (931) 484-7186 David Crockett State Park                     (931) 762-9541 Fall Creek Falls State ... (click for more)

Volkswagen Chattanooga Builds First Midsize SUV Test Body

Volkswagen Chattanooga has reached an early production milestone with the completion of the first assembled metal test body   for the upcoming Midsize SUV. The production of the first assembled metal test body is an early step towards the full production of the Chattanooga-made Midsize SUV, scheduled to begin production late this year and hit the market in 2017. The first ... (click for more)

Woman Tells Of Having Shots Fired At Her When She Walked Into Disorder At South Germantown Road Apartment Complex

Officer Joel Gunn of the Chattanooga Police Department and a woman who was fired at after she walked into the scene of a shooting testified in court Wednesday concerning the shooting at the Chateau Royale Apartments on South Germantown Road on April 22. Coy Sims, 48, was arrested by Officer Gunn after police were called by residents of the apartment complex. On the night of the ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The DA’s Cold-Case Quest

It is clearly a job nobody can do for over an hour or two, but Neal Pinkston, working in hand with precise professionals from the county’s auditing department, is intent on doing the right thing. As I watched a revolving team of four people at a time open and study envelopes of autopsy photographs on Tuesday, the scene would have made a fascinating television documentary. But ... (click for more)