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The 2013 Chickamauga Chase was the kickoff event for the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Battles of Chickamauga & Chattanooga. This 150th anniversary was full of great events and history, and The Chickamauga Chase made a committment to be a signficant factor in the fundraising efforts by the Friends of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. The Chickamauga Chase is committed to helping support the mission of the Friends of the Park. You can help by making a tax-deductible contribution with your entry. For more information about how the Friends benefits the Park, please visit www.friendsofchch.org.
In and around strategic Chattanooga, in the autumn of 1863, occurred some of the hardest fought & most complex battles of America's Civil War. Confederate victory at Chickamauga in September gave new hope to the South after devastating defeats at Gettysburg & Vicksburg. Northern forces under U.S. Grant blasted that hope in November when Chattanooga fell, setting the stage for the capture of Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea, & the resolution of the long war. The Campaign for Chattanooga changed the course of our nation's history, and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park became the first of America's great national military parks, established to commemorate the heroism of both North and South. Historians who chronicle America's story acknowledge Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park as one of the major sites commemorating the Civil War that defined us as a nation.
Established through the efforts of Civil War veterans who came together from both armies, the Park has served as the model for all of America's national military parks and historical national parks. Our local National Park, then, not only preserves Civil War battleground but also honors heroism, reconciliation and national reunion.
Our Park spans state boundaries. Chickamauga Battlefield in Georgia preserves the rural ground where the Confederacy won its last major battle. Chattanooga's five National Park units—Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Orchard Knob, Moccasin Bend and Signal Point—commemorate battles for a crossroads city that was key to the Union’s penetration into the Deep South, the heart of the Confederacy.
Our National Park is an historic treasure and a vital factor in our local economy. Last year, Civil War heritage visitors brought $50 million in revenue to our region. This impact is expected to increase exponentially during the 2013 sesquicentennial observances of the Battle of Chickamauga and the Battles for Chattanooga. The State of Tennessee is pouring its tourism resources into our region in order to provide millions of visitors with an experience worthy of the key role Chattanooga and North Georgia played in America’s Civil War story.