150th Anniversary Commemoration Of Battle For Chickamauga Is Sept. 14-15

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host several commemorative activities for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.  

Numerous programs will take place on Chickamauga Battlefield throughout the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15, with the featured activity being a historic “walk through time.” Visitors to this program will be propelled through various living history stations where they will learn about the occurrences in North Georgia between 1860 and 1864.  

Due to limited space, tickets are required for this program. All tickets are free and are available at http://www.nps.gov/chch/planyourvisit/civil-war-timeline-and-special-programs.htm. In order to enable visitors the opportunity to be transported back in time, several road closures will be required throughout the park over the weekend. Since this is a walking tour, visitors may wish to bring portable chairs/stools for this program. There will be no seating along the timeline. However, it should be noted that chairs/stools will need to be carried from location to location. Additional visitors are expected this weekend and assistance to designated parking areas will be provided. Access to the timeline program will be via shuttle bus from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center

Additional programs will occur throughout the weekend. At the Visitor Center, activities include artillery demonstrations and music by the 8th Georgia Regimental Band.  On Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., a special musical performance by the combined local high school bands of Heritage High, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High, and Ringgold High will take place at the park administrative building.  For kids visiting the park over the weekend, there will be several interactive, hands-on activities located at an education tent managed by the park’s Teacher-Ranger-Teachers.

At Snodgrass Hill, visitors will experience the battle from the perspective of Union soldiers portraying members of the 21st Ohio Infantry and Confederate soldiers portraying members of the 7th South Carolina Infantry.  Visitors will be provided transportation to these special programs via a shuttle bus.  Parking for these programs will be at the Recreation Field, off of Glenn-Kelly Road. 

At the Wilder Brigade Monument, visitors are encouraged to experience the battle action as living historians portraying Wilder’s Brigade of mounted infantry demonstrate the intensity of fighting with the Spencer Repeating Rifle. These programs will be conducted at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the ultimate moment of the battle – the Confederate breakthrough – by participating in walking tours of Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s battle-deciding assault on the Union’s line.  Tours will take place both days at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  Parking for this program will be located at the intersection of Glenn-Kelly and Dyer Roads. 

Throughout the weekend, Eastern National Bookstore will be hosting various authors inside the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. These authors will meet visitors and conduct book signings. 

All programs will be conducted rain or shine. Most parking will take place in fields throughout the park. In the event of inclement weather, mired vehicles may need to be towed at the owner’s expense. 

For additional information concerning 150th anniversary programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please visit http://www.nps.gov/chch/planyourvisit/150th-anniversary-of-the-campaign-for-chattanooga.htm


Haslam To Speak At Chattanooga Chamber Annual Meeting Wednesday

Governor Bill Haslam will keynote the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Governor Haslam will speak about the state’s progress in economic development, creating jobs, higher education, including Tennessee Promise, and other initiatives. In addition to Governor Haslam’s keynote, ... (click for more)

Dalton's CALEA Accreditation Renewed

At Tuesday morning’s monthly meeting of the Public Safety Commission, Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker officially announced that his department has officially been re-accredited by CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc). The agency was officially informed of the re-accreditation earlier this month after a team of CALEA assessors performed an inspection ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

2 People In Critical Condition After 3-Vehicle Crash On Highway 58

Two people are in critical condition after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 58 on Monday night. At approximately 8:13 p.m. , officers with the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash with injuries in the 5400 block of Highway 58.  One of the involved vehicles flipped on its top causing the occupants to be trapped inside the vehicle. The ... (click for more)

Say No To Armed Police Volunteers - And Response (5)

The last thing the Chattanooga Police Department needs is a cadre of “armed” volunteers placed in the community as reserve officers. How will this plan address the problem between the department and the communities in which there is lack of trust? If these volunteers are strategically added to strengthen the “police state” in certain neighborhoods, that plan will widen the gap between ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Already, 248 Mass Shootings

There is not a word – not one – that I can use to respond to Dr. Loretta P. Prater, whose letter in Chattanoogan.com just condemned the idea that proposed volunteers in the Chattanooga Police Department be armed. Dr. Pater signed her letter, “Mother of Homicide Victim Leslie Vaughn Prater” and I’ve no doubt there is nothing in this world that will assuage the lifelong horror she ... (click for more)