Saturday, June 17, 2017
I drove north on I-75 in Georgia a couple of weeks ago. Just before the Tennessee border, I turned off of the interstate, drove a short distance and stopped at the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Battlefield. This park is operated by the National Park Service. Inside the headquarters I was able to read about the history of this area and the importance it played in the War Between the States. There is a very nice driving tour that can be taken throughout the park grounds. Monuments and buildings of importance are featured along the route. The day I visited the park there was an authors symposium focusing on General Braxton Bragg of the southern army. History buffs loaded with books for the authors to autograph were in attendance at the day long event. Two battles--Chickamauga and Chattanooga--were fought in this part of Georgia and Tennessee and there are several locations within the park, open to visitors, that pertain to the various battle sites. They are all located within a relatively short driving distance of each other. This is another beautifully maintained park that is part of the national park system. "Came for the history, stayed for the beauty."