Program on U.S. Grant's Letters is March 22

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special one-hour program on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 11 am.  Join a park ranger at Point Park on historic Lookout Mountain to learn about and discuss Ulysses S. Grant’s wartime letters to his wife, Julia Dent Grant.  Visitors are encouraged to bring portable chairs for this program.  Meet the ranger inside the Point Park entrance gate. Admission to Point Park is $3.00 per adult, ages 16 and over; ages 15 and under enter free.

In an age with no email or cell phones, Civil War soldiers were forced to put pen to paper in order to communicate with their loved ones at home. Thus, Union General Ulysses S. Grant penned numerous letters to his wife, Julia, during the course of the war.  Interestingly, some of Grant’s letters were written during the fall of 1863 when he was stationed in Chattanooga.  We encourage you to come, learn about these letters that paint a picture of the general as a husband and a father, not as the often grizzled, cigar smoking fighter history portrays.

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 (423) 821-7786, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.

 www.nps.gov

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.


 


John Shearer: Happy 100th Birthday To A Riverview Landmark And Old Friend

This Friday marks the 100th birthday of the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club’s clubhouse, a Riverview building that for years has dominated the landscape because of both its commanding location and its Tudor architecture.   Although the structure had a significant facelift and a wing added about 25 years ago to better meet the membership needs, it still mostly resembles ... (click for more)

Remembering the Tennessee Red Cedar and Novelty Company

Cedar chests were once popular graduation or wedding gifts, and have been handed down through generations.    The oils in the cedar wood were said to repel moths, though some scientists say that this is overrated.    However, if the claims are true, then there once must have been very few moths flying around East Fourteenth Street where the Tennessee Red ... (click for more)

Prominent Business, Civic Leader Scotty Probasco Dies At 86

Prominent Chattanooga business and civic Scotty Probasco has died at the age of 86. Mr. Probasco was long a leading fixture at the American National Bank, which was founded by the Probasco family. It was later sold to SunTrust Bank. Mr. Probasco was a leader in a host of civic endeavors. His family has long been associated with First Presbyterian Church. Funeral services ... (click for more)

Chemical Odor In Lookout Valley Traced To Chattanooga Tank Wash

Chattanooga firefighters in Lookout Valley were sent out Friday night to investigate reports of a strange odor in the area. The firefighters searched the area, but never found the source of the odor.  John Schultz, an investigator with the Air Pollution Control Bureau, was also out Friday night and eventually tracked the source of the odor to a business, the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Proud Of Hometown Boy Turned Global Leader, Bob Corker

Time Magazine has it right.  Not only is Chattanooga’s own U.S. Senator Bob Corker one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” but he is probably now the most prominent leader in the history of our city.   At a time of extreme frustration with Washington and Congress in general, Bob continues to rise above the division and rancor to build consensus and solve ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Celebrate Autism’s Victories

As I was getting my salad during lunch at the sixth annual Chattanooga Autism Conference on Friday, a simple question from a friendly kid on the other side of the buffet gave me the answer I was seeking. “Do you have Asperger’s (syndrome),” he asked in a friendly way. I told him no, but that a growing number of folks I admire did, and that’s why I joined a turn-away crowd of ... (click for more)