Torch Light Tour to Illuminate Civil War History at Chattanooga National Cemetery

The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is hosting a free torch light tour of the Civil War portion of the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Memorial Day. The 90-minute tour will cover a mile of walking and feature graves and stories of soldiers who died in the Atlanta Campaign.

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Torch Light Tour to Illuminate Civil War History at Chattanooga National Cemetery

Torch Light Tour to Illuminate Civil War History at Chattanooga National Cemetery

The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, in partnership with the Chattanooga National Cemetery, is hosting a free Light, Tour of the Civil War portion of the cemetery on Memorial Day, May 27. The 90-minute tour will begin at 8:45 pm at the old cemetery entrance arch in the cemetery's southwest section and will cover approximately a mile of walking over the rolling grass-covered grounds.

Chattanooga, captured by the Union army in 1863, became a major hospital center for General William T. Sherman's drive on Atlanta in 1864. The cemetery is the final resting place of hundreds of wounded soldiers who died of their battle injuries in those hospitals, making it one of the largest Atlanta Campaign memorials.

Why this matters: This event sheds light on a pivotal chapter in American history, honoring the sacrifices of soldiers who fought in the Civil War. By exploring the cemetery's Civil War history, visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the war's significance and its ongoing impact on American society.

National Military Park Historian Jim Ogden will lead the tour, featuring graves and stories of soldiers interred in the cemetery who died in the Atlanta Campaign. "The tour will provide a unique opportunity to explore the cemetery's Civil War history and pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives," Unveiled, City, Judge said Ogden.

Participants are advised to wear comfortable, supportive footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather. Bringing water and flashlights to supplement light from reproduction historical torches is also recommended. The tour is free and open to the public.

In addition to the Memorial Day tour, the park will present a one-hour ranger program on Saturday, May 25 at 11 a.m., focusing on soldiers' injuries associated with the Battle of Chickamauga. For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/chch.

The torch light tour at Chattanooga National Cemetery offers a solemn and educational experience, shedding light on the sacrifices made by soldiers during the Civil War's Atlanta Campaign. As visitors walk the hallowed grounds under the glow of historical torches, they will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for this pivotal chapter in American history.