Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, in partnership with the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, invites the public to participate in a free, 45-minute program on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 East Martin Luther King Blvd. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the formal program begins at 5:45 p.m., focusing on the important role that the African American soldiers, who were formed and trained in Chattanooga, had in the decisive Battle of Nashville in December 1864.
"Fighting racism and stereotypes on both sides, the men of Chattanooga’s USCTs (United States Colored Troops) were finally brought into action in December 1864 during the Battle of Nashville. Not only participating in the battle, but playing a huge role in the Union victory there, they forever silenced those who criticized their ability to fight.
"Join a park ranger to hear this story and learn about the importance of the men from Chattanooga in this struggle," organizers said.
For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at 423-821-7786 or the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241.