This week begins the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga and the commemoration activities play a heavy role in the special events occurring around the Tennessee Valley. From boats to trains to driving and walking tours, these activities will have all historians, amateur or otherwise, moving in some form or fashion during the upcoming week.
War on the River Cruise
Cruise the Tennessee River while hearing stories of the Civil War battles that occurred in Chattanooga and its surrounding areas. Blue Moon Cruises on the Tennessee River is offering a dinner cruise on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 6 p.m., that will combine excellent food with the stories of Chattanooga’s role in the Civil War. A second cruise is available on Saturday, September 15. The cost of the cruise and the meal is $49.00 plus tax.
Ruby Falls Lantern Tours
Visit Chattanooga’s oldest attraction by lantern lights on September 14, 2012. Select members of each group will carry a small hand-held electric lantern simulating a bygone era. Tales of folklore and unexplained phenomena, along with the rich history of Ruby Falls will be shared while hiking to the underground waterfall. Tickets are $24.95 a person.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is running their Copperhill Special and the Chickamauga Turn On September 15. The Copperhill special is a 94 mile trip through the lower Hiwassee River Gorge, over the Hiwassee Loop and through the towns of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA. The trip is a little over 8 hours and costs $52.00 for adults. The Chickamauga Turn is a 6 ¼ hour trip from Chattanooga to Chickamauga. It includes an hour and a half layover in Chickamauga for lunch, tours and antique shopping. Cost is $32.00 for adults.
149th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is commemorating the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga with special programs from September 15 until September 20. These programs include a variety of tours, special demonstrations by living historians, and book signings by authors Brad Quinlin, author of “Duty Well Preformed: The Twenty-first Ohio in the Civil War” and Robert Carter, “The Battle of Chickamauga: The Fight for Snodgrass Hill and the Rock of Chickamauga”.
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