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“Must stop for any Civil War history buff!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Lafayette Road, 1 mile south of Hwy 2 (Battlefield Parkway) & Hwy 27 intersection, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
423 821 7786
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Type: Historic Sites, Battlefields, Parks, National Parks, Mysterious Sites
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Owner description: America's first and largest military park is located just over the border from Tennessee.
Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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“Must stop for any Civil War history buff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I visited here at the beginning of fall 2012 with some friends who are also huge history buffs. We highly enjoyed the museum and short film presented in the visitors center. We took a quick trip around the grounds, spending a few hours reading the various informative signs along the way. If you are interested in all things Civil War, this is a MUST stop for you. Such a moving experience for all of us who went through the park after visiting Lookout Mountain. It's a quick hop from Chattanooga and goes well with visiting the museums and Lookout Mountain, the site of another huge battle during the war.

Visited September 2012
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Hudson, Ohio
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“AWESOME stop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We are all big Civil War fans, and this was a must see on the way home from a college visit in GA. The visitors center is very well done, especially the movie. It really told the story incredibly well, and we were glad we saw it before beginning to tour the battlefields. My son is a reenactor with both a southern regiment and a northern regiment, and the guide at the desk helped us easily find the memorial markers for both regiments on the battlefields. The drive along the tour route is beautiful and peaceful, and we really enjoyed our time spent here.

Visited April 2013
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Knoxville
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“A Beautiful and Moving Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

My family and I visited this amazing park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We spent 6 wonderful hours there and I'm so glad we did. The first thing we did was watch a brief film on the history. My kids were even touched by the sacrifice and sadness of the war. The visitor center was very informative with lots to see and read about. There were 8 different points in which you could pull off the road to explore. The monuments were very touching tributes to the soldiers who fought so hard and some of the monuments themselves were just beautiful. Everywhere you looked the views were spectacular and it was haunting to think of what horrors took place there. There were a couple of family cabins as well with their history on display and the kids really liked those. Lots of people were viewing the park on horseback which was cool to see, and two very kind ladies stopped and talked with us and let us pet their horses. The kids loved this! There were all kinds of birds and squirrels in the woods as we walked along trails and we came upon several deer who were content to let us watch them from a short distance. I will never forget this place and the sacrifices that were made here. It was a wonderful visit.

Visited April 2013
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Washington, Georgia
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“Not enough time to explore this wonderful and horrific place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The Battle of Chickamauga was the CSA's last significant victory of the Civil War, and Braxton Bragg's only one. It was a classic example of the "fog of war", and a series of miscalculations by Rosencranz, the Union commander, lead to terrible slaughter. To see the battle sites up close and see for yourself what the brave men on both sides faced inspires awe, at least in this old infantryman.

Make sure your cell phone is charged up when you go. The telephone commentary at 8 different points is invaluable to understanding the course of the battle, if you're not a Civil War buff, or even if you are.

Visited April 2013
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east midlands
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“High Quality Maintenance and Preservation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We spent a fascinating [if cold] afternoon at the Chickamauga end of the park. Seeing the Chattanooga section as well would have demanded a full day and we didn't quite have the time. I have been to several Civil War battlefields and without exception they have been extremely well maintained with excellent information centres. Chickamauga is up to standard in those respects. The standard film about the context and details of the battle was very good. I know a good deal about the Civil War and could undoubtedly have benefited from a fuller account and analysis but my wife who knew little loved it for its clarity and excellent visual representations. We followed a Park Ranger in a small caravan of vehicles to some key points on the battlefield at each of which he gave us an exposition of events and an account of what happened at those spots. This had been preceded by an overview at the Information Centre so we were left with a decent sense of both the overall battle and the details of some key incidents within it.

Of course it might have been more satisfying to follow the battle lines independently. These are marked by plaques, monuments, cannon and the like so there is plenty of detail on the field itself. However Civil War battlefields cover quite big areas and Chickamauga, where the lines were about seven miles long, is no exception. Add to that the area is still quite heavily wooded so getting a really decent sense of the action is by no means straightforward; unless that is you already know a good deal about the War and this battle. You certainly need some kind of initial overview before attempting to make sense of the action in detail and even then you may well do better with help. Of course as other reviewers have pointed out you may be more interested in the general ambience and sense of history in which case a rambling drive, walk, trek would be fine. The admirable Information Centre and its Rangers [as always extremely approachable and enthusiastically knowledgeable] are always there as back-up. I love these historical sites which the USA delivers and supervisors better than in any other country of my experience.

Visited March 2013
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