Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a special one-hour, half mile hiking tour at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m.
This program will explore the role of one of the more famous Confederate units in the Battle of
Chickamauga, the 1st Kentucky Brigade, also known as the Orphan Brigade. This program begins at
the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.
"The Orphan Brigade gained fame on many battlefields of the Western Theater during the American
Civil War. With men hailing from all across the Bluegrass State, Kentuckians were the very
embodiment of the war itself, with soldiers serving on both sides. Kentucky was a Southern state that
did not secede from the Union and was the birthplace of both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis.
The Orphan Brigade’s story is therefore, a very interesting and tragic tale, especially the chapter that
unfolded on the battlefield at Chickamauga. To hear this story on the stage where it took place, join a
park ranger for this special tour," officials said.
Participants are reminded to dress appropriately for conditions, wear comfortable shoes for a short walk and bring along a bottle of water.
For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military
Park, contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-821-7786 pr the Chickamauga
Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241.