Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

It is time again for Outdoor Wednesday. Thanks to Susan, over at for hosting this weekly event. Today I want to share a few pictures and a little history of a nearby park. The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, which was the nation's first, was created in 1890. The park is 5,500 acres and was the scene of the last major Confederate victory of the Civil War. The Union and Confederate forces were fighting for control of Chattanooga, which was the gateway to the south.
In November of 1863 Union troops gained final control.
The park was created to preserve these battlefields. There are numerous monuments, historical tablets, exhibits, and trails. There is an auto tour that you can take and there is also the visitors center which houses exhibits, a bookstore, and a collection of military arms.

This park draws several visitors each year, along with several runners, cyclists, and walkers. As you go through the park, you will probably see several deer out in the fields.

Our family enjoys going to the park to hike the trails, bike, or just walk and take in the exhibits. Last year, we enjoyed going to a battle reenactment in the park.
If you love Civil War history, this is definitely a park you will want to visit.
Be sure to visit all the Outdoor Wednesday posts! Have a super Wednesday!


Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

When I first looked I thought this was Shiloh...your photos are beautiful of this lovely park...

Love Bears All Things said...

Don't you find all the Civil War Battlefields and Cemeteries sad? I know I do. We've been to this one and many more both in the South and North.
Mama Bear

Pam said...

I am planning to go to the park to do some nature studies there. That's the good thing about living 5 minutes away!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Very interesting post! I love reading anything historical too. Thanks for visiting my blog, come back soon. Cindy

Miller Racing Family said...

What beautiful photos.
I also love your background on your blog, it just screams summer.
I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Mary said...

Your photos are beautiful and I loved your post. I felt I had learned something as I paged through it. I hope you are well and having a wonderful day.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Look at all of those cannonballs! It is sad to think of all the lives that were lost but remembering them is a good thing.