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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
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Owner description: America's first and largest military park is located just over the border from Tennessee.
Hudson, Ohio
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200 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“AWESOME stop!”
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”
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”
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”
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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Fantastic afternoon trip for any history buff”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you have any interest in US history, specifically the Civil War, this is a fantastic military park to visit. You have the option of walking, cycling, driving or even horseback riding around the park to visit the various monuments. Our choice was the driving tour, which is well marked starting from the visitor center on the northern end of the park. The visitor center is informative with plenty of great artifacts on display and a short movie depicting the history of the battles in the area. The movie starts on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour throughout the day. In the visitor center you will also receive the battlefield map to take on your tour.

The greatest feature of the driving tour was the audio guide, delivered through your cell phone. Unlike other tours where you have to rent a headset and return it, the cell phone option gives you the ability to leave as soon as you have finished, instead of returning to the visitor center. Having a speakerphone in our car made it ideal, simply dial the number and when prompted enter the stop number listed at each tour stop and listen to your guided tour.

Visited March 2013
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