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In 1890, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was the first such site created by Congress.
The Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863,involved the second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle of Gettysburg. (click on link to read Gettysburg post)
The purpose of this post is to be a quick visual “walkabout” of the area with a few facts (that I wasn’t aware of) thrown in.
In Chickamauga's torn and smoky woodlands, nothing was simple.If you are interested in the details of this very complicated battle CLICK…
The battlefield is covered with monuments and informational plaques explaining the battle:: EXAMPLE::
Many years before the Civil War battle, the Cherokee Indians, after many battles, had named the stream that runs thru the battlefield "The River of Death" or Chickamauga.
During the Spanish American War, more American soldiers died during training on the Chickamauga Battlefield than during all the fighting in Cuba and the Caribbean during that four month war in 1898.
With his brigades deployed in column, Brig. Gen. Henry Clayton's was the first to hit three Federal brigades around the Brotherton Farm. They fired until their ammunition was gone.
Today the Battlefield is home to some wild turkeys. They even have a Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run.
A great place for some jogging. As a matter of fact the The Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, in its 33rd year, is run through the nation's oldest military park. Known as the "most family-friendly" marathon, the runner-up for "most scenic" marathon, and third for best overall marathon.
After the fighting, a Confederate soldier ominously wrote, "This...is the death-knell of the Confederacy." Sometimes you win the battle but loose the war… READ MORE
The “Soldier” below spent about eight hours in the car driving from Lancaster,Ohio (Home town of General Sherman) and then a few hours walking/driving around the battlefield.
It was time to take this “Trooper” for some chow and a good nights rest at the Ringgold Hampton Inn on Battlefield Parkway(thumbs up)……We appreciated the hospitality..
CLICK to read a little more about General Sherman and Lancaster,Ohio
One more suggestion: Make sure to see the movie “LINCOLN”..Maybe one Congress isn’t all that different from another…LOL