June 16, 2015
Now that I am living in Maryville, TN it is only a two hour trip to get down the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Even though most of my Civil War studies have concentrated on the eastern theater I have for years wanted to see this particular battlefield. On Tuesday June 16th I was able to get away for a short trip down to Lookout Mountain and scouted out Point Park, with a hike out to Sunset Rock.
The only two Civil War Battlefields I have visited to
this point have been Gettysburg (on several occasions) and Perryville (once).
While there were many different aspects, or specific engagements, within the
battle I would still classify them as a single battle. What I am learning about
the Chickamauga & Chattanooga is that it was actually several different
battles in a campaign that took place around the same area. A couple of other
things that stood out to me in this area was the amount of private land and
the trail system. Besides Point Park it almost felt more like a hike in the
Smoky Mountains than a Civil War battlefield.
|Moccasin Point at Point Park, Lookout Mountain|
|Cannons at the Cravens House on Lookout Mountain.|
|Checking out the view from Sunset Rock|
UPDATED: September 5, 2015
|Liam and I at Point Park,|
Went back to Point Park, but this time was able to get to Cravens House. I still need to hit up the rifle pits, but I have again saved that for another time. This portion of Lookout Mountain does look more like a typical Civil War battlefield I am use to. Wanted to get to Missionary Ridge but the GPS took us off course and we ended up driving through a portion of Chickamauga. I have to say I am looking forward to spending some time there soon.
Below I have the link to my Chattanooga & Chickamauga photo album in Flickr along with some other links to the NPS page and the Civil War Trust.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga Military Park:
Civil War Trust: