My mother’s family is from Chattanooga, Tennessee. My father was in the Air Force stationed at the top of nearby Lookout Mountain and he and my mother met at the local drive-in restaurant. We moved a lot but we would visit my grandparents every so often. These trips usually included seeing Rock City, Ruby Falls, Lookout Mountain, riding the Incline (not for the faint hearted) and a journey to the Civil War battlefields of Chattanooga and Chickamauga.
I haven’t been to Chattanooga in years but we spent a few days at my aunt’s over Christmas and the battlefield was one of the places I wanted to see again.
The National Park Service maintains the battlefields which includes a museum with photos, artifacts as well as the Fuller Gun Collection. Both Confederate and Union soldiers returned for the dedication of the park in 1895. Monuments recognizing each state and its regiments are found throughout the battlefield.
It was cold and windy the day we visited and the starkness of winter emphasized the sacrifice made by these soldiers. I’d like to share some of the photos from my visit with you.
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