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159th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga
Fort Oglethorpe, GA: From Saturday, September 17 through Tuesday, September 20, visitors are invited to
join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park staff and volunteers as we commemorate the 159
th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga through a series of tours (including a bicycle tour), hikes, and living
history demonstrations. There will also be a special Jr. Ranger activity booklet that can be picked up inside
the visitor center. Participants will receive a special Jr. Ranger badge by bringing the completed booklet back
to the visitor center.
Beginning September 18, 1863, Union and Confederate forces clashed along the banks of West Chickamauga
Creek. At stake was the transportation hub of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and with it, the fortunes of the
fledgling Confederacy and the future of the United States and its citizens. For three days the armies struggled
through the woods and fields, leaving behind the broken dreams and lives of thousands of young men cut
down in the prime of life. Despite the Confederate victory at Chickamauga, the US Army regrouped in
Chattanooga, where a victory there marked the “Death Knell of the Confederacy.”
A complete program schedule, including times and descriptions, is available at the following web address:
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 website at www.nps.gov/chch

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national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create closeto-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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