Click the "+Google Calendar" button in the lower right corner of the calendar to add this calendar to your list of personal calendars.
Click on the buttons below to add the blog to your blog reader.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fort Wood Civil War Banquet

Chattanooga, TN . . . An outdoor Civil War Banquet will be held in the Fort Wood Historic District on September 27, joining the list of special events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battles of Chattanooga. This event will serve as a fundraiser for the Fort Wood Neighborhood Association, a 501(c)3 organization.

The banquet will be hosted under a tent on the lawn at 850 Fort Wood Street, one of the neighborhood’s historic buildings, which now serves as the business headquarters of Jay Robinson Real Estate. The banquet will begin at 6:30 PM with appetizers and spirits, followed by a three course plated dinner at 7:15 PM. Music of the period and Civil War re-enactors will add to the ambiance. Following the dinner, Daryl Black, executive director of the Chattanooga History Center, will speak about Fort Wood’s role in the battles of the Civil War in a 20-minute program entitled "After Chickamauga."

Self-guided historic walking tours of the neighborhood will be offered at no charge, and prints of the original fort in Fort Wood will be offered for purchase.

Attendance for the Civil War Banquet is limited to 150 seats. The ticket price is $75, and may be purchased online at Sponsors for the banquet are First Tennessee Bank, Cansler Photography, Jay Robinson Real Estate and the Chattanooga History Center.

The original "fort" in Fort Wood was an earthwork stronghold constructed by Union forces in 1863 during their occupation of Chattanooga. Originally named for Colonel William R. Creighton, killed at Ringgold, Georgia, in November 1863, the fort was renamed after 1864 in honor of General Thomas Wood.

On September 19 and 20, 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland struggled with Confederate forces south of Chattanooga along the banks of Chickamauga Creek. After an epic collapse on September 20, Union troops retreated into Chattanooga demoralized and beaten. Many feared for the army's survival. Within days, however, these men had created a formidable ring of fortifications around Chattanooga. Centered on Fort Wood, these lines of entrenchments provided security to the harried soldiers and allowed them to hold the town that Abraham Lincoln considered among the most strategic points in the nation. A mere two months later, the decisive attack on the Confederate forces on Missionary Ridge began when signal shots rang out from the Union artillery at Fort Wood. The victory gained that day assured the collapse of the Confederacy.

For more information about the Civil War Banquet, call 423.265.0771 ext. 100. For more information about the Fort Wood Historic District, visit


Family Civil War Program

Chattanooga, TN--- The Chattanooga History Center will present From the Journal of a Confederate Nurse for ages 8 and up at 2:30-4:00pm on Sunday, September 15th, at the Center.  The program will be led by CHC History Educator, Caroline Sunderland.  The fee is $10 for 1 parent and 1 child ($5 for CHC members).  Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Thursday, September 12th.  Call 423-265-3247 to register.
This program offers a great opportunity for family members to explore history together.  Parents, grandparents, or other relatives or caregivers are invited to accompany their youngsters in taking a then-and-now look at the practice of medicine.  They will be guided by an historic interpreter dressed as Civil War nurse Kate Cumming might have been.  Using Kate's journal, participants will learn about the importance of research based on primary sources, and the potential importance of journaling.  There will be fun activities and an examination of the authentic Civil War field surgeon's kit to be used in the CHC's new exhibit.
In1862, Confederate nurse Kate Cumming served the wounded in the Chattanooga area.  As the Union Army moved toward Chattanooga, Kate moved south into Georgia, where she worked at several locations receiving the southern wounded.  She continued to move with the front line of battle throughout the war. She recorded in her journal the work performed in the wartime hospitals, including the field tent hospitals.  Much of what is known today about Civil War medicine comes to us through Kate's journal.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Walking Tour of Wilder's Bombardment

This just in from the Chattanooga History Center...

The Chattanooga History Center will present a Walking Tour: Marking the 150th Anniversary of Wilder's Bombardment of Chattanooga at 7:00pm, Wednesday, August 21st.  The walk will be led by CHC Executive Director and Historian, Dr. Daryl Black, and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Chief Historian, Jim Ogden.  Participants will meet the guides on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza in front of the Chattanooga History Center.   The fee is $5 per person (CHC and Friends of the Park members free).  Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Tuesday, August 20th.  Call 423-265-3247 to register.

check our their website: