Torchlight Tour, Chattanooga National Cemetery

May 26, 2014

Historian from Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Park will lead a torchlight tour of Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In 863, the nation entered the hird year of bloody, costly and transformative conflict. Chattanooga had become the gateway through which to strike at the industrial heart of the Confederacy. By the year's end, the expectation of a major battle in Chattanooga had become a reality, with battles at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. The Chattanooga National Cemetery was the answer to the dire need to establish a final resting place for the honored dead of those battles.

Park historian Jim Ogden will lead a 90-minute, one-mile walking tour in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Participants should enter the cemetery form Holtzclaw Avenue and continue along the loop to the old entrance arch in the southwest corner. Comfortable walking shoes and clothing, water and a flashlight are recommended.