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59th Ohio Regiment at Chickamauga Battlefield

Chickamauga SunsetChickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special Living History weekend at Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10, 2011.

Throughout the weekend, living history volunteers representing the 59th Ohio Infantry will conduct Infantry demonstrations at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.  Living Historians will present talks about the life of the soldier throughout the weekend on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  They will also conduct rifle firing demonstrations at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.. Visitors are encouraged to visit the camp throughout the weekend to learn what life was like on a daily basis for the Civil War soldier.

Organized at Ripley, Ohio in October 1861, the 59thOhio Infantry served with the Army of the Ohio/Army of the Cumberland during their service in the Civil War. The regiment participated in the 1862 Battles of Shiloh and Stones River and the 1863 Battle of Chickamauga where it sustained a twenty-seven percent casualty rate.  The regiment participated in the Army of the Cumberland’s charge up Missionary Ridge on November 25, 1863.  They also fought in the 1864 Atlanta campaign.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact 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 atwww.nps.gov/chch.

 

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