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National Park Service Press Release
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park – This week’s National Park Getaway
For Immediate Release:
September 04, 2013
Contact(s):   Kim Coons, 423-752-5213, ext. 139

Kat Kirby, 202-513-0866


Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park – This week’s National Park Getaway

Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. – In the fall of 1863, bloody Civil War battles raged in the fields and woods of Chickamauga and on the slopes of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, part of a five-month campaign for control of Chattanooga—a key rail center and “Gateway to the Deep South.”    

These critical battles might be remembered only as a side note in American history if not for the courageous efforts of a small group of Union and Confederate veterans who waged their own fight to preserve these battlefields and honor those who fought here. In 1890, their efforts paid off when Congress established Chickamauga and Chattanooga as the nation's first national military park. Read more

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