Friday, July 12, 2013

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park -part 1

Last Saturday we stopped in Chattanooga on the way to Florida. We visited 2 sites that are part of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. I'm giving each site its own post.

First we travelled up Lookout Mountain. We went past Ruby Fall to Point Park. Notice it's raining!

This is a painting "The Battle Above the Clouds". It takes up the whole wall.

This display talked about the troops who fought here (including ones from Indiana).

They fought here because of its strategic location in a mountain gap on major rail lines!

Fighting started in September of 1863 at Chickamauga Creek. See my next post for more details.

By October, the Union forces were almost entirely cut off from supplies.

In October, Grant sent Sherman's troops from Mississippi to Chattanooga.

Grant's troops opened supply lines to those trapped in Chattanooga.

In November, the Confederates attacked the Union troops on Lookout Mountain.

I love that we have first hand accounts of many of the battles of the Civil War!

The Confederates retreated to Missionary Ridge.

Grant's troops (in blue) moved against the confederates (in red).

Sherman attacked at a very fortified position.

The Army of the Cumberland took Missionary Ridge & drove the Confederates back.

The Union attacked the ridge & won mainly because the Confederates were unprepared.

After the win at Chattanooga, many felt that this was the turning point of the war.

Next we headed outside to Point Park in the rain!

Some canons!

This is supposed to be a great view. But thanks to the rain & clouds, all you see is white!

More canons! In the background is the Peace Monument.

I love the detailed signs posted in the parks.

The red signs detail the movements of the Confederates.

The Blue signs detail the movements of the Union troops.

Union Casualties.

Confederate Casualties.

Another look at the peace monument.

The Peace monument provided shelter from the rain.

As you can tell, they are quite wet.

And I was wet too.

It was pouring!

There were several canons & signs we didn't get to as it was too wet!

David playing in the rain.

Jamie helping Jessica get a picture of he monument in the pouring rain.

As we headed back down the mountain, I had to snap this Rock City sign for my Father-in-law.

Chickamauga battlefield will be covered in the next post.


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