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Sesquicentennial Programming

To Educate & Commemorate

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September 14 & 15, 2013

Walk Through Time programming

9:00 to 3:30 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield 

Participate in a historic “walk through time” in Chickamauga Battlefield on September 14 and 15, 2013. Multiple programs will be offered at different locations throughout the park during this 150th anniversary commemoration, but the primary program will center on a timeline walk that will propel visitors through various living history stations. At these stations, participants will learn about occurrences in North Georgia between 1860 and 1864.


For those visitors interested, this is a FREE program, yet it is ticketed.  All participants will need to acquire tickets through the park website at Tickets may be downloaded beginning July 14, 2013, by simply visiting the website,  choosing the desired time you wish to attend, registering your name, and printing off your ticket. These 1 hour and 50 minute tours begin at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center each day at 9:00 a.m, with the final tour leaving at 3:30 p.m. You will need to have this ticket with you on the desired date and arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Unfortunately, tickets will be released to others for those who are late arrivals.  Visitors will take a bus to the timeline, and it is important that departures and arrivals stay within their timed schedules. 


Lytle Monument during restoration

September 20, 2013

Dedication of the General William H. Lytle Monument

1:30 pm, Lytle Hill, Chickamauga Battlefield


Join the National Park Service, local dignitaries, and the General Lytle Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans from Cincinnati, OH for the dedication of the newly restored General William H. Lytle Monument.  Restored through a three year public campaign to return 323 cannonballs to the monument marking the place where General Lytle was mortally wounded on September 20, 1863, the dedication of the new monument will formally commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. 


Known as the “poet warrior” of the Civil War, US General William Haines Lytle’s poetry was beloved by soldiers of both armies. Lytle fell mortally wounded while trying to maintain the Union line. On the battlefield that night, Confederates reverently stood guard over his body until it could be returned to the Union Army.


Parking for the event will be at the Park's Recreation Field. 


September 21, 2013

Pops in the Park

7 pm Wilder Tower, Chickamauga Battlefield


The Friends of the Park are pleased to announce the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga with a patriotic pops concert by the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.  Pack a picnic and bring a chair to the foot of the iconic Wilder Tower to enjoy a festive fall evening.  The concert begins at 7 pm. 

2013 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event

Occupation & Liberation

October 9-12, 2013 

Chattanooga Convention Center


The Friends of the Park and the National Park Service are pleased to partner with the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commissionto present a four day event featuring nationally known historians with expertise in the events of the Campaign for Chattanooga.  This is the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s signature event for 2013 and will be the highlight of the state’s events for the year. Seating for the 2013 Tennessee Signature Event is limited, to reserve your seat register by email at or call the registration line at 615-532-7520.


All symposium events are free and open to the public. 


Thursday, October 10, 2013

7 – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Address:   

Amy Murrell Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky

Book Signing with Author following address.


Friday, October 11, 2013

10 – 11:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony

Special Preservation Announcement by Civil War Trust’s Jim Lighthizer, special music presentation, remarks by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (invited), Commission of Tourism Susan Whitaker, State Historian Dr. Carroll Van West, and Park Superintendent Cathy Cook. 

Symposium Session 1: Battles for Chattanooga

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Moderator: Dr. William Glenn Robertson, Historian and Author


Speakers: Peter Cozzens, Author

            Brooks Simpson, ASU Foundation Professor of History, Arizona State University

            Wiley Sword, Historian and Author


Special Remarks

3:30 p.m.

Speaker:  Dr. Carroll Van West, Co-Chair, Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee State Historian, and Director, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Director, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation


Musical Performance

7 pm - 8:45 pm

Special Musical Performance: Bobby Horton, Civil War music historian and performer

Bobby Horton will present a concert of mid-19th century music which will explore the music of both North and South and tell the stories of the American Civil War.  Bobby Horton is widely recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on music from the Civil War period.  This free concert will be hosted by Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. 


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Session 2:  Military Strategy in the Civil War

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Moderator: Sam Elliott, Historian and Author, Chairman, Tennessee Historical Commission


Speakers: Dr. James L. McDonough, Historian and Author, Richard McMurry, Historian and Author, Dr. William Glenn Robertson, Historian and Author


Session 3: Commemoration & Memorialization

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Moderator: Dr. Carroll Van West, TN State Historian


Speakers: Dr. Antoinette Van Zelm, Historian, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Norman Hill, Middle Tennessee Representative, Tennessee Historical Commission, Traci Nichols, Historian


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