9:30 AM09:30

Chickamauga Battlefield Bike Ride

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga will continue offering a series of free, historical bike tours through Chickamauga Battlefield, every third Saturday of the month from May to October.

This year’s tours are scheduled for May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, and October 20. They begin at 9:30 am at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Ride length is approximately 3 to 4 miles on flat to moderately-hilly terrain. The rides are appropriate for adults and children ages 8 years and older, when accompanied by an adult. Children must be able to ride confidently, without training wheels. All participants are required to wear helmets.

The public is invited to bring their bicycles (recumbent or handcycles are also appropriate) and join in the leisurely-paced historical rides, which takes approximately 2.5 hours. National Park Service rangers will talk about the history of the battlefield while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride leadership and support.

Loaner bicycles from Outdoor Chattanooga’s Mobile Bicycle Fleet will be available for riders 5 feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Park and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. Reservations for these bicycles are required; please contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241.

Every 3rd Saturday of every month from 05/19/2018 to 10/20/2018 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Fee Information: Free - Supported by the Friends of the Park

Contact Name: Kim Coons

Contact Email: kim_coons@nps.gov

Contact Phone Number: 423-867-6940 x139

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10:00 AM10:00

My Enemy's, Enemy is My Friend - The Civil War in Indian Territory

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Although American Indians had been pushed out of their southern homeland in the 1830s, many found themselves fighting for the Southern cause 30 years later. This program will deal with some of the reasons for this alliance.

Fee Information: Free

Contact Name: Kim Coons

Contact Email: kim_coons@nps.gov

Contact Phone Number: 423-752-5213 x139


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2:00 PM14:00

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty - Chickamauga Medal of Honor Recepients

Fort Oglethorpe, GA: On Sunday, May 27, at 2 pm, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a special 90-minute car caravan tour focusing on Medal of Honor recipients at Chickamauga.  This program begins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.  

The Medal of Honor is still considered to be one of the most prestigious honors received while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  The Medal was born during the Civil War and was ultimately awarded over 1,500 times for acts during that conflict, almost half of all Medals ever awarded.  Nine men who fought along the banks of Chickamauga Creek in September 1863 received the honor, but what did each of them do that was considered “above the call of duty?”  This tour will profile some of these men and answer that question. It will also explore the service of other individuals whose actions were just as worthy, yet they did not receive the honor.  

For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241.


Fee Information: Free

Contact Name: Kim Coons

Contact Email: tricia@npp-ccm.com

Contact Phone Number: 706-866-9241

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The Reconstruction Era: A Panel Discussion
9:00 PM21:00

The Reconstruction Era: A Panel Discussion

The third event in our 12th Annual Fall Lecture Series, sponsored by Greg A. Vital, will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, in conjunction with a National Park Service partnership. This three-person panel will present an overview of the Reconstruction Era and how the National Park Service is focusing on the Era, including the establishment of a new National Park in 2017.

Our panel includes Edward Hightower, a Ph.D. candidate in history at Clark Atlanta University, whose dissertation topic is “The Re-enslavement of African Americans in Post-Civil War Georgia.” He teaches U.S. History and World History at Kennesaw State University and Clark Atlanta University, and consulted with the National Park Service in researching histories to be included in parks in the Southeast Region.

He will be joined by the National Park Service’s Melissa English-Rias, first Superintendent of the new National Reconstruction Era Monument in Beaufort, SC. She holds a B.A. in History from Lander University in Greenwood, SC and a M.A. in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University. English-Rias spent most of her career with the National Park Service as an Interpretive Specialist and Chief of Interpretation at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.

Rounding out the panel will be Chris Barr, who coordinates the living history programs as a Park Ranger with the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. He holds a M.A. in History in Education from Columbus State University. A former high school history teacher, Barr joined the National Park Service at Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum. He extensively researched the history of the African-American communities around that site from 1865-1900, and his chief area of interest currently is the post-war activites around Chattanooga from the Reconstruction Era through the establishment of the CCNMP in the late 1880s.

Bessie Smith Cultural Center is located at 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. in downtown Chattanooga. Free parking is available in the BSCC lot at the corner of MLK and Lindsay St. (behind the building), and on-street parking is also free in the evenings.

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