Battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga – Part 5

This is the last post on the Battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga.   Below is a photo of the Wilder Brigade Monument in honor of Colonel John T. Wilder and his “Lightning Brigade”.

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This building was used to treat injured soldiers from both sides of the battle.

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Monuments Along the Road

Memorials and monuments line all seven miles of the park.

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Battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga – Part 4

Memorials in honor of both the Union and Confederate troops line the seven mile tour throughout the park.

Georgia Monuments



Ohio Monument

The battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga were the costliest battles in terms of lives lost during the Civil War.  Almost 50,000 soldiers sacrificed their lives during these battles.

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Battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga Part 3


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Cannon were pulled through thick woods up the mountain by horses and mules.  You can find more information about the care and sacrifices made by these animals here: 

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Battle of Chattanooga and Chickamauga – Part 2


The US Congress authorized the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 1890. 

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Flags from each state involved in the battle hang in the Visitor Center…


…along with portraits of the Union and Confederate generals.

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Battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga – Part 1

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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10th Wisconsin Monument 2

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The Battery – Part 1

I visited my daughter in Charleston this past weekend and we spent some time walking the battery and taking photos.


The Battery is a seawall used to defend Charleston during the Civil War.  Where cannon still stand, both tourists and locals can be seen every day enjoying the park.