Western Federal Infantry at Point Park

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to
attend a special Living History weekend at Point Park, located on historic
Lookout Mountain on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2009.

Living history volunteers representing Western Federal Infantry will
conduct programs at Point Park this weekend.  Living Historians will
present talks about the life of the soldier Saturday, August 15 from 10:00
a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  They
will also conduct rifle firing demonstrations at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,
1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and at 10:00 a.m., 11:30
a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Visitors are encouraged to visit
the camp site to learn what life was like on a day to day basis for the
Civil War soldier.

On November 24, 1863, Union Infantry forces advanced up the western side of
Lookout Mountain and swept around the point.  Known as the “Battle Above
the Clouds,” the Battle of Lookout Mountain forced outnumbered Confederates
defending the mountain to withdraw to Missionary Ridge late that afternoon
and evening.  On the morning of November 25, 1863, members of the 8th
Kentucky Union regiment climbed to the top of the mountain and planted
their flag, giving hope to Federal troops in Chattanooga that the siege was
being lifted.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National
Military Park visitors may contact Kim Coons at (423)752-5213 x 139, the
Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706)866-9241, the Lookout
Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423)821-7786, or visit the park’s
website at www.nps.gov/chch.

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