One of the oldest and largest of America’s Civil War parks, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (NMP), commemorates the 1863 battles for Chattanooga that marked a major turning point in the war. The NMP spans the borders of Georgia and Tennessee, with major units at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Orchard Knob and Signal Point. The park is headquartered at Chickamauga Battlefield, where the fields and woods of northwest Georgia witnessed the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War. The day will begin at Point Park, a ten acre memorial park that overlooks the Lookout Mountain Battlefield and the city of Chattanooga. There is a paved walking path around the park that takes visitors by several historic tablets, monuments, Confederate artillery positions, and a spectacular scenic overlook. Next, the tour will travel to the Chickamauga National Battlefield and visit the park’s visitor center, which includes extensive exhibits, historical facts, maps, and an orientation film. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the Fuller Gun Collection. Participants will then work their way to the 6th Cavalry Museum to tour the museum and enjoy lunch. This is a military museum of uniforms, weapons, accoutrements, maps, photos, authentic m-47 Patton Tank, WWII Jeep, WWII Troop Transport Truck and memorabilia of the 6th Cavalry from 1861 – present day.
ADVISEMENT: This tour requires moderate walking and is wheelchair accessible, except for potential stops in the battlefield park.