Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a living history day at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday, July 20. Park Ranger and Union living historians will describe what life was like for artillerymen on the battlefield. These 30 minute programs will be presented near the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Fighting at Chickamauga often proved difficult for even veteran artillerymen. Captain W. H. Fowler, whose battery position is marked behind the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, said his guns were limited “because of the character of the field where we operated was so badly adapted to the use of light artillery.” Although conditions were not always ideal, artillery played an important role in the battle as it raged in the forests and fields near Chickamauga Creek, officials said.
For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706.866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 821-7786, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.