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Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta Tour

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1 Day Tour

1 Day Trip - Chickamauga and Chattanooga


Jump to our 1 Day Trip for Atlanta, GA!

Jump to our 3 Day Trip, including Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta!

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Confederate forces won the battle of Chickamauga in September, 1863, forcing the Federals to withdraw to Chattanooga until late November. Ulysses S. Grant helped end the Confederate seige on Chattanooga, Tennessee, that fall, pushing the Confederates out and opening up the Deep South for invasion. Learn more about both these battles on our one day tour to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Before you go:

How to tour Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park:

  • Take the self-guided auto tour.
  • Hike one of the five designated battlefield trails.

 Time: 1 day  Sites: 4  Radius: 4 miles

1. Start at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center:

  • Find out what Ranger Programs are scheduled for that day.
  • Tour the Visitor Center exhibit.
  • Tour the museum exhibits and browse the bookstore. 

2. Take the self-guided auto tour of the battlefields.

  • Make sure to stop at Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, and Lookout Mountain.

If you have time, visit  Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Atlanta

1 Day Trip – Atlanta


Before you go:

 Time: 1 day  Sites: 4  Radius: 12 miles


1. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park:

  • Start at the Kennesaw Battlefield Visitor Center. Find out what Ranger Programs are scheduled for the day, and watch the orientation film.
  • Take a ranger-guided tour of the battlefield, or hike a battlefield trail.
  • Make sure to stop at Little Kennesaw/Pigeon Hill, and, if you have time, see the Dead Angle and Cheatham's Hill.

2. The Southern Museum of the Civil War and Locomotive History:

  • Explore the exhibits and displays.

3. Atlanta Cyclorama:

  • See the world's largest oil painting, the "Battle of Atlanta."
  • Check out the exhibits focused on Civil War locomotives and memorabilia, period paintings, and photographs.

4. Atlanta History Center:

  • See the Turning Point exhibit.

3 Day Tour

3 Day Trip – Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Atlanta


 Time: 3 day  Sites: 9  Radius: 50 miles

Jump to one of our sites:

1.   Chickamauga Battlefield 
2.   Chattanooga Battlefield 
3.   Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site
4.   Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
5.   Marietta National Cemetery
6.   Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
7.   Atlanta Cyclorama
8.   Historic Oakland Cemetery
9.   Atlanta History Center

Chickamauga

1. Chickamauga Battlefield

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Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans forced Gen. Braxton Bragg’s Confederate army out of Chattanooga, but Bragg was determined to reoccupy the city. In late September, the two armies met near Chickamauga Creek. Confederate reinforcements exploited a gap in the Union line, forcing the Federals to withdraw to Chattanooga, where they remained until late November. 

Time: 4-7 hours

Before you go:

What to do:

  • Start at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, find out what Ranger Programs are scheduled, and tour the exhibits.
  • Follow the self-guided auto tour of the battlefield. Make sure to stop at Brotherton Farm and Snodgrass Hill.


Chattanooga

2. Chattanooga Battlefield

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After taking charge of the Union’s western armies in October of 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant focused on lifting the Confederate siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee. After three days of Union victories on Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, and Tunnel Hill, the Confederate army withdrew and opened up the Deep South to a Union invasion.

Time: 4-6 hours

Before you go:

What to do:

  • Start at the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center. Find about the day's Ranger Programs and tour the exhibit.
  • Follow the self-guided hiking tour of the battlefield. Make sure to stop at Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, and to drive along Missionary Ridge.

If you have time, spend an hour walking around Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Pickett's Mill

3. Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site

The Battle of Pickett's Mill involved 24,000 troops and resulted in a Confederate victory. The Union forces under Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard suffered 1,600 casualties, while the Confederates under Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne suffered only 500.

Time: ??

Before you go:

What to do:

  • Walk the battlefield trails.
  • Explore the museum and bookstore.

Kennesaw Mountain

4. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

In June 1864, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston delayed Gen. William T. Sherman's advance toward Atlanta for two weeks at Kennesaw Mountain.

Time: 3 hours

Before you go:

What to do:

  • At the Kennesaw Battlefield Visitor Center, find otu what Ranger Programs are scheduled for the day, and watch the 18-minute orientation video.
  • Take a scheduled ranger-guided tour, or hike one of the designated battlefield trails.
  • On your battlefield tour, make sure to stop at Little Kennesaw/Pigeon Hill, and Cheatham's Hill.

Marietta National Cemetery

5. Marietta National Cemetery

This national cemetery is the burial site of more than 13,000 Union soldiers who were casualties from battles in the area, including New Hope Church, Pickett's Mill, and Kennesaw Mountain.

Time: 1 hour

What to do:

  • Walk the cemetery grounds.

Southern Museum

6. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

The Southern Museum of the Civil War and Locomotive History, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, allows visitors to glimpse the daily lives of soldiers during the Civil War, relive the excitement of the Great Locomotive Chase, see the stolen locomotive and the General, and examine the role railroads played during the war.

Time: 1 hour

What to do:

  • Explore the exhibits and displays.

Atlanta Cyclorama

7. Atlanta Cyclorama

This Civil War Museum features the world's largest oil painting, the "Battle of Atlanta." The museum also includes a Civil War locomotive and two levels of Civil War memorabilia, period paintings and photographs.

Time: 1 hour

What to do:

  • Tour the museum.

Oakland Cemetery

8. Historic Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for some 6,900 Civil War soldiers, known and unknown.

Time: 30 minutes

What to do:

  • Walk the grounds.


Atlanta History Center

9. Atlanta History Center

Time: 1 hour

What to do:

  • See the Turning Point exhibit.



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