The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga with special programs today (September 17, 2011) through Tuesday, September 20, 2011. The public is invited to attend the events which include Confederate Infantry demonstrations, artillery demonstrations, a couple book signings and a variety of walking/driving tours and lecture programs.
The Confederate Infantry demonstrations will be held south of the Battlefield Visitor Center in the McDonald Field at 9:30am and noon on Saturday and Sunday. An extra demonstration will occur on Saturday at 2:30pm. The southern end of McDonald Field will hold the Artillery demonstrations at 9:00am, 11:30am and 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. There will be an extra demonstration on Saturday at 4:00pm.
Walking tours will be held at various times and places throughout the battlefield. On Saturday and Sunday generalized tours of the Battlefield will be conducted at 10:00am and 2:00pm. On Sunday, the walking tours will be expanded to include topics, such as,
- The Boys at the Bridge: Wilder’s Bridage on September 18th (4:30pm);
- Occupied After A Brisk Skirmish: Buckner’s Corps Crosses the Chickamauga at Thedford’s and Dalton’s Fords(6:00pm);
- Geology & Geography: Their Affect on the Battle of Chickamauga(1:30pm);
- Sins of the Father(12:30pm);
- Sail on Those Fellows Like You Were a Wildcat(11:00am)
- Four Legged Soldiers: Horses and Mules in the Civil War(3:00pm).
Monday comes with just one walking tour
- The Left-Center of the Confederate Night Attack, September 19, 1863(6:30pm).
Tuesday’s has two walking tours
- General George H. Thomas and the Union Defense of Snodgrass Hill and Horseshoe Ridge(1:00pm)
- Great Execution and An Advance with a Cheer: The Confederate Reserve Artillery and & A.P. Stewart Assault Kelly Field(6:30).
There will be a plethora of additional events held during this commemoration. These events include walking tours, talks and discussions and an opportunity to interact with a Confederate recruiter. For more information on how to join the Confederate army (maybe the South will rise again) or any of the events visit the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park website.
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