If you have one day for your trip, spend it exploring the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the nearby historic sites to learn more about the crucial role the battles played in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns of late 1863. If you make it to all of the sites on this one day tour of the Chickamauga Battlefield, you can visit the National Military Park, the Chattanooga National Cemetery, and the Chattanooga History Center.
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.
Chattanooga National Cemetery was established during the Civil War in December 1863 by an order from Gen. George Thomas to provide a proper burial for Union soldiers killed in the battles around Chattanooga.