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Fort Oglethorpe is in the Northwest High Country of Georgia and is probably best known for being the site of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.


Cannon Row

In this little pocket of northwestern Georgia, antebellum life carried on until the Battle of Chickamauga descended upon the area in 1863 along Chickamauga Creek, which would become the largest Union defeat in the Western Theater and carry the second greatest number of casualties in the War after the Battle of Gettysburg. After that, the area witnessed industrialization with coal and textiles and the installation of an army fort and WWII POW camp. These events are commemorated with various sights in the area.

Get in[edit]

Seemingly like a stone's throw away from Chattanooga, you can get to Fort Oglethorpe and the battlefield with a short drive south of Chattanooga on Hwy 27.

Get around[edit]

It might be best to have a car to see the military park, since it's so large.


  • 1 Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, 3370 Lafayette Rd, +1 706 866-9241. Daily 8:30AM-5:00PM. Some 150000 Union and Confederate forces converged here over the course of Sept 18-20, 1863 in the first major Civil War battle to take place in Georgia. It is the first and largest battlefield set aside in the US. Try observing it from the top of the Wilder Tower. Free. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (Q5096187) on Wikidata Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 Sixth Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Cir, +1 706 861-2860. All about the 6th Cavalry, which was based out of Fort Oglethorpe, covering its story from the late 19th century up through WWII.
  • 3 Gordon Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Rd, Chickamauga. Historic home owned by a plantation/mill owner and original settler of the town of Chickamauga.
  • 4 Walker County Regional Heritage Museum, 200 Gordon St, Chickamauga, +1 706 375-4488. Historical perspective on area, including on the Civil War, maybe slightly slanted towards the Confederacy.
  • 5 Gordon Lee Mill, 71 Red Belt Rd #3316, Chickamauga. Old textile mill owned by the same individual as the mansion listed above.
  • 6 Chickamauga Coke Ovens. Here coal from Lookout Mountain was converted into coke in these furnaces.







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