9:00 am – 10:00 am
Begin your tour with a ride on the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. Built in the 1890s, this unique transportation mode takes you through Chattanooga, Hamilton County and the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park.
10:30 am – 11:15 am
Next, the Battles for Chattanooga Museum will introduce you to 1863 Civil War sites throughout the Chattanooga area. It features an electronic map presentation of the Civil War battles fought in this area with a great overview of the importance of the area battles and the railroads.
11:15 am – Noon
Located on top of Lookout Mountain, Point Park commemorates the veterans of the Battles for Chattanooga, and is the site of the Civil War’s “Battle Above the Clouds” fought in November, 1863. The park offers a spectacular view of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River.
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Enjoy lunch and tour the 1847 antebellum plantation home and formal gardens at the Gordon-Lee Mansion. This home served as the headquarters and hospital for the Union army during the Chickamauga Battle in September, 1863.
2:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Experience America’s first and largest National Military Park, the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park. The park commemorates Civil War soldiers from both the North and South. Features include a spectacular audiovisual presentation and the Fuller Gun collection. Tours through the park are either guided by park rangers or self-guided, depending on the season and availability.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Head for dinner and a play at the new Buttonwillow Church Civil War Dinner Theater.
You’ll enjoy 19th Century Southern recipes and a story of Brother against Brother from the Tennessee Valley. Central Standard Time.
Other Tour Options
Chattanooga National Cemetery: Over 12,000 Union soldiers were reinterred from different battle sites. The most notable interments are those of the famed “Andrews’ Raiders,” the first recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. FREE guided tours by appointment 423/855-6590.
Coolidge Park: The new exciting downtown park on the Northshore named in honor of local citizen Charles Coolidge, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient. The carousel has more than 50 hand-carved and hand-painted animals on an 1890s Denzel Carousel frame: small admission fee is charged for the carousel.
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail: During the Civil War, a major objective of General Bragg during the Chickamauga campaign was to block the Federal Army from Chattanooga. The Federal life line was dependent on two roads – LaFayette and Dry Valley roads. Major fighting occurred for control of these routes. The Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail features 68 sites along the historical driving route, which follow troop movements through SE Tennessee, NE Alabama and NW Georgia