Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Sgt. James H. Harris Camp #38, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will sponsor a lecture given by James Ogden, Historian, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Moccasin Bend National Archeological District on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Leonardtown Library at 7:00pm.
For more details, please contact Duane Whitlock at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Reunification, & the Nation’s First Civil War National Battlefield Park
A quarter century after the Civil War, as the expanding United States prepared to step onto the world stage, veterans of both sides, Union and Confederate, united in a purposeful show of reconciliation and reunification; once divided, now reunited. One of the places where this Gilded Age agenda played out, the first place, was on ground hallowed by some of those very veterans in 1863—Chickamauga and Chattanooga—the battles of one of the most important campaigns of the war, a campaign in which both sides could claim a victory, Chickamauga for the Confederates, Chattanooga for the Union.
Authorized by Congress in 1890 and formally dedicated in 1895 before a crowd on a weekday of 50,000, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was the first such area in our nation and the first of the first five preserved Civil War battlefields (Maryland’s Antietam was second). In his talk this evening, “Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Reunification, & the Nation’s First Civil War Battlefield Park,” Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (and St. Mary’s County native) Historian Jim Ogden will address the veteran-led effort that became a benchmark for early Civil War battlefield commemoration and which continues to serve as a window even now in the Sesquicentennial years into or nation’s trans-formative but tragic internecine struggle.
James H. Ogden, III, Historian
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park & Moccasin Bend
National Archeological District………”for the purpose of preserving and suitably marking for historical and professional military study the fields of some of the most remarkable maneuvers and most brilliant fighting in the war of the rebellion (Aug. 19, 1890, 16 U. S. C. 424)” & “to preserve, protect, and interpret for the benefit of the public the nationally significant archeological and historic resources located on the peninsula known as Moccasin Bend (Feb. 20, 2003, Pub. Law 108-7, 117 STAT. 247, 16 U. S. C. 424c)”
P. O. Box 2128 (postal mailing address) 706-866-9241, ext. 116
3370 LaFayette Road (shipping address only) 423-752-5213, ext. 116
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Duane G. Whitlock, Past Camp Commander
Sgt. James H. Harris Camp No. 38, SUVCW