Saturday, July 13, 2013

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park -part 2

After Lookout Mountain, we went to Chickamauga Battlefield. I love that the Interpretive Center looks like an old plantation!

David was immediately drawn to this display of ammunition.

The main hall of the center.

A large map of the Battlefield.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park was the first Civil War park in the nation.

The Legacy of the Civil War!

Display about Chattanooga & beyond.

Railroads made Chattanooga a target.

Preparations began by the Union to capture Chatanooga & win the war.

Interesting display about 2 armies within the Union that fought at Chickamauga & Chattanooga.

The Union initially took Chattanooga without firing a shot.

I love these maps that show all the troop movements.

A look into an officer's tent.

What it took to move men & equipment through the mountains.

Setting the trap for the Union!

Delays spoiled the plans for a trap!

A confusing battle ensued.

Once again, I love that we have insight into the battle from the soldiers' own words.

The kids working on the Jr Ranger worksheets. We didn't get these returned before the visitor center closed.

A typical union soldier.

A long night in the middle of battle.

The Spencer rifle made fighting easier.

Bullets were easier to shoot & prep than black powder!

A typical Confederate soldier.

A delay & a fateful error caused the Union to lose the battle at Chickamauga.

Miscommunication opened a gap in the Union line that Longstreet took full advantage of.

Intense fighting at Snodgrass Hill.

Gen. Thomas was the only Union general to remain firm during this battle.

This is the coolest map!

As the battle was explained, the lights would change to show the movement of troops.

This made the battle easier to understand.

Some of the artifacts left from the battle.

Chickamauga was the deadliest 2 day battle of the Civil War!

The victory by the Confederates was short lived.

The Fuller gun collection was a highlight of this interpretive center.

Over 300 guns used during the Civil War were donated to be displayed. This is only a few of the guns.

This was the coolest timeline. It stretched around the room & highlighted all the major events of the Civil War!

We then moved outside.

A few of the canons outside the interpretive center.

As with most battlefields, this one had lots of monuments.

I was amazed with the detail put into a lot of these monuments.

Scattered throughout the battlefield, monuments mark where troops fought.

Troops from all over are remembered here.

Canons are placed on the battlefield to show troop movements.

I took most of the pics from the van as we took the driving tour throughout the battlefield.

It's amazing to think a battle was fought here. It is so peaceful now.

We enjoyed seeing this young buck...

...and his doe.

Each monument was unique. Many were created by the men who fought here.

This was one of the biggest monuments.

The sight of a confederate breakthrough. Can you imagine being the farmer who lived here?

This is the Wilder Brigade monument. The Wilder Brigade was a Calvary unit.

It was cool, because you could climb up inside it.

The view was worth the effort!

The kids did not look too thrilled to be up here.

Another deer on the battlefield.

Doesn't she look so peaceful!

Another monument.

Notice that it was still raining. We had moments where the rain let up. Despite the rain, we got to see a lot of the park. It was a good day!



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