Medal of Honor Heritage Trail Sign Dedication is November 15

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History will dedicate the second sign in its Medal of Honor Heritage Trail at Mountain Memories on Lookout Mountain on Saturday, November 15th at 1:00PM. The sign will honor four recipients of the Medal of Honor awarded for action during the Battle of Lookout Mountain on November 24th, 1863 to include Colonel Henry A. Barnum, Sergeant John Kiggins, First Sergeant Norman Potter and Private Peter Kappesser. All four recipients were with the 149th New York Volunteer Infantry.

Those participating in the ceremony include General B.B. Bell -US Army (Retired); Raymond E. Evans, Author & Historian; Jim Wade, Executive Director of the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History and Dan Saieed, Chairman of the Board. The Colors will be presented by the Sequoyah High School JROTC and the National Anthem will be sung by MSG Shaun Coker (Retired). There will also be a special detachment of seven “Union Soldiers” (re-enactors) led by First Sergeant John Culpepper who will present a 21 Gun Salute at the unveiling of the new Heritage Trail Sign. The sign was made possible by the Benwood Foundation. Light refreshment will be available following the event. NOTE: Limited parking is available at the site.

The Medal of Honor Heritage Trail when completed will honor all 33 recipients of the Medal of Honor awarded for actions during the Battles for Chickamauga & Chattanooga from September –November 1863. A book, Paths of Valor, was commissioned by the museum in 2013 and is now available on the web site or at the museum in Northgate. It details each of the recipients in the battles and includes the following:

·         Battle of Chickamauga- 9 Recipients

·         Hospital -1 Recipient

·         Battle of Wauhatchie-1 Recipient

·         Battle of Lookout Mountain- 4 Recipients

·         Battle of Missionary Ridge- 17 Recipients

·         Battle of Ringgold Gap- 1 Recipient

Additional signs for the remaining recipients will follow in 2015. For additional information contact Jim Wade, Executive Director, at 423-886-1519 or visit the museum web site at  

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