Battle of Chickamauga Reenactment – 145th anniversary will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 19, 20 and 21, 2008 at Chickamauga, GA..
Last weekend the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga was celebrated with a massive reenactment. photographer Samuel Burns covered this event and put together the video below as a documentation of the reenactment.
The Battle of Chickamauga was a bloody and costly 3 day fight that gave the Union forces one of its biggest defeats. It saved Chattanooga from Union control temporarily, until Sherman and Grant engaged the Battle of Chattanooga that November.
The Union Army under General William Rosencrans marched from Murfreesboro approximately 90 miles south east to Chattanooga with the plan to drive out the Confederate Army. Chattanooga was a key to victory in the war, because of it was a rail way hub and a commerce and manufacturing center. Taking Chattanooga would provide a direct route for the assault on Atlanta. President Lincoln said that “whoever controls Chattanooga will win the war.”
Below is a link to a slideshow from The Battle of Chickamauga.
Photography by Samuel E Burns