Ringgold Hosts 150th Civil War Reenactment October 5-6

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sketch by Alfred Waud who traveled with the Union Army during the Battle of Ringgold Gap.  Located in the center of the image is the Historic Ringgold Train Depot which remains a focal point of downtown even today.
Sketch by Alfred Waud who traveled with the Union Army during the Battle of Ringgold Gap. Located in the center of the image is the Historic Ringgold Train Depot which remains a focal point of downtown even today.

The City of Ringgold, GA will be hosting a Civil War Reenactment of their own on Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 6th on Robin Road near downtown Ringgold.

The Ringgold Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is co-sponsoring the event to bring history alive for visitors from across the region.  The DDA has been working with area re-enactor Fred Ufford to help coordinate the event and help commemorate an important anniversary in Ringgold's history.

When asked about what spectators can expect to see, Mr.

Ufford explained that there will be "At least 200 re-enactors from Hardee's Guard Battalion, Georgia Division, Alabama Division, 52nd Georgia Regiment, and Marshall's Artillery."  The event will close Robin Road between Alabama Hwy 151 and Lafayette Street to accommodate the soldiers' camps and parking for the event.

The reenactment will commemorate "the historic stand of Patrick Cleburne's division of 4,100 battle hardened Confederates against Joseph Hook's Corp of over 15,000 soldiers at Ringgold, Georgia," explained Ufford. "There will be period sutters with authentic reproduction items as well as souvenirs," said Mr. Ufford.

Mr. Ufford has been a Civil War re-enactor for several years and participated in a number of major battles across the south. Ufford works in the Walker County Regional Heritage and Train Museum in downtown Chickamauga, GA and has had an interest in history his whole life and is enthusiastic about Ringgold's rich Civil War heritage. "In 1962 there was a Great Locomotive Chase Centennial celebration with 'The General' at the Depot," he explained, I was there as a little boy dressed as (you guessed it) a rebel soldier."

Joseph Brellenthin, Ringgold's Director of Downtown Development, has been coordinating the event says, "Growing up in the south, I've been to several reenactments in Alabama and Tennessee, but the fact that this is the 150th anniversary of such an important event in our region's history makes it a special day for Ringgold citizens."  The Battle of Ringgold Gap occurred on November 27th, 1863 as Major General Patrick Cleburne staged a rear-guard defense of the retreating Confederate forces after their loss at the Battle of Chattanooga.  "Ringgold really is the last major engagement of the siege of Chattanooga," said Mr. Brellenthin, "so for folks from around the area that have enjoyed the different historical events this season, hopefully they'll get a chance to catch this as the finale."

Re-enactors will begin camping and setting up on Friday, October 4th and open their camps to visitors at 1:00 pm.  The reenactment commemorating the 150th Battle of Ringgold Gap will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 5th at Clark Park on Robin Road off Alabama Highway 151.  Parking will open at 11:00 am and tickets will be $3 for adults and $1 for children with proceeds going to the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority.

For more information contact Ringgold City Hall at (706)-935-3061 or Hardee's Guard Battalion Re-enactors at (706)-375-3289.

Statue of Major General Patrick Cleburne near Downtown Ringgold Georgia.
Statue of Major General Patrick Cleburne near Downtown Ringgold Georgia.

UT McClung Museum Receives Large Gift of Rare Maps

Almost 200 rare maps of Europe and other parts of the world created between the 1500s and 1800s now belong to UT. The UT McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture recently received the large gift from private donors. Twenty of the maps are currently on display in the Burchfiel Geography Building. These, and the other maps housed in the museum’s collections, will be ... (click for more)

Songwriter Thomas Mosie Lister Dies

Songwriter Thomas Mosie Lister died last week on Feb. 12.  He was 93. Earl Freudenberg said of Mr. Lister, "We became good friends by telephone.  He told me h e drove a small car, but when Elvis recorded 'His Hand in Mine' and it sold several millions he got him a big car."  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II. Rev. Lister ... (click for more)

Judge Orders Cortez Sims Tried As Adult After Emotional Testimony At Juvenile Court In Shooting Of 4

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw on Thursday morning ordered that 17-year-old Cortez Sims be tried as an adult in a College Hill Courts shooting that left one woman dead, a toddler paralyzed, and two others wounded. The order was given after emotional testimony from two of the victims in the Jan. 7 early morning mass shooting at 773 W. Main St. Bianca Horton and Marcell "Baby ... (click for more)

EPB Lays Out Plans To Provide All Of Bradley County With High-Speed Internet, TV Service; Cost Is Up To $60 Million

In what was hailed as a big win for rural Bradley Countians, EPB officials laid out a plan Thursday night to reach the community with currently unavailable high-speed internet. EPB CEO Harold DePrist told a capacity crowd at the Bradley County Courthouse that the expansion would serve roughly 1,000 people, about 800 of whom have no current option other than dial-up. The ... (click for more)

How To Kill Small Business And Education In Chattanooga

   I would just like to say that the weathermen of Chattanooga have done something I thought only a union could do. They have undone all the economic good that VW has brought to our area. Their erroneous and hysteric forecasts are in my opinion purposefully done to benefit their corporate owners so viewers and readers flock to their felonious broadcasts and yellow ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: America’s Newest Darling

Minutes after I read a letter on Rebekah Gregory’s Facebook page yesterday, I was mere seconds from summoning the marching band, our prancing elephants, and the flag-bearers so we could rightfully induct this dazzling survivor of the Boston Marathon blast into my personal Hall of Fame. I do that, you know, when I see everyday people display courage, kindness, guts, brilliance, ... (click for more)