“The Highest Flag…Planted During the War” Raising the Flag on Lookout Mountain
On Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will conduct living history programs at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. Demonstrations, each lasting approximately 30 minutes, will include rifle firings and are scheduled at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm on Sunday. Admission to Point Park is $7 per adult, ages 16 and over, youth, ages 15 and under, are free.
Raising the flag on Lookout Mountain’s peak turned out to be one of the most dramatic moments in the struggle for Chattanooga. Like the US Marines on Iwo Jima a few generations later, this became an iconic moment. A literal race between groups of soldiers began the morning after the Battle of Lookout Mountain to see which would be the first to summit the mountain and plant their colors. Men of the 8th Kentucky Infantry ultimately won the race to the top. To learn more about these men and this iconic event, please come out to these special living history programs.
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, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.