Jim Ogden Receives Dr. James W. Livingood Historian of the Year Award

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park
Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park

At the annual meeting of the Chattanooga Area Historical Association, Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park, received the James W. Livingood Historian of the Year Award.  This award is dedicated to persons who are preserving the history of the Southeast Tennessee Region.

Jim, a native of St. Mary’s, Maryland, attended Frostburg State College and fell in love with Civil War History.  His career with the Park Service began in 1982 and he became the Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park in 1988. 

Since 1988, Jim has been an instructor for over four hundred groups of U.

S. Army officers, conducting Staff Rides—in-depth analyses of the historical military events that took place on and around the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park.  He has led countless walking tours covering the history and the stories of the Civil War, spoken to multiple gatherings ever increasing their interest in Civil War history, and travels the country as one of the leading experts on the military events that took place in our region.


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