published Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Artillery programs at Chickamauga Battlefield - Aug. 31

Park rangers and living historians will tell the story of Civil War artillery hits and misses in programs Sunday at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.
Park rangers and living historians will tell the story of Civil War artillery hits and misses in programs Sunday at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.
Photo by Maura Friedman /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park rangers tell the story of Civil War artillery in a living-history day at Chickamauga Battlefield on Sunday, Aug. 31.

The 30-minute programs will be presented near the Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

According to historians, the North Georgia battle would have been a nightmare for the soldiers who experienced it in 1863. The forest was the last place a Civil War battle should have been fought.

The dense foliage made it impossible to see, for commanders to lead and, in the case of artillery, to fight the way they were designed. Civil War cannon were weapons of mass destruction, intended to deliver death and devastation over long distances, which was impossible at Chickamauga in all but a few situations.

Admission to the programs is free.

For more information, call the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.

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