Late yesterday morning we visited the Chickamauga National Military Park in Georgia, about fifteen miles from the RV Park. There are two National Military Parks in the Chattanooga area where two significant battles were fought during the civil war in 1863. We visited the other one at Point Park on Lookout Mountain on Friday.
We started our visit by looking at the exhibits inside and then watching a movie that explained both battles fought here in this area in the fall of 1863.
The Battle of Chickamauga took place over a three day period in September. Both battles were about the control of Chattanooga, the gateway to the South. The Confederates were victorious at Chickamauga, causing the Union Army to retreat to the Lookout Mountain area in Chattanooga. The problem was the Union still controlled Chattanooga, so in November the Confederate Army attacked again. This time the Union was victorious, and was able to cut off an important supply route to the South.
In 1890 the battlefields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga became the nation's first national military park, five years before Gettysburg. Civil War veterans spearheaded the legislation through Congress. There is an auto tour route where you can see many of the memorials that were erected by different organizations.
This one is from a Florida regiment.
Another beautiful monument.
And, of course, lots of cannons. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives in this beautiful scenic area. So sad!
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