In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederacy, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is presenting a special program at the Alabama Monument, located off Battleline Road on Chickamauga Battlefield, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.

During this one-hour program, a park ranger will discuss the Confederacy’s first days and the continued uncertainty of the nation as the president of the Confederacy visited the battlefield in 1863.

On Monday, Feb. 18, 1861, as bands played “Dixie” and marital music filled the air, approximately 8,000 cheering citizens gathered along the streets and rooftops in Montgomery, Ala. to watch as a white carriage traveled up the rising Market Street slope. As the carriage stopped in front of the capitol building, a band struck up the “Marseillaise” and Jefferson Davis, the president-elect of the Confederacy, was escorted into the building to begin the grueling task of steering the southern Confederacy.

A little over two years later, Davis traveled to Chickamauga Battlefield and viewed the carnage that occurred during what ultimately became the last major Confederate victory of the American Civil War. What originally seemed, in many southerners’ eyes, as a success in forming a new nation was now bolstered by this great victory.

This program will take place outside on Chickamauga Battlefield. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and dress appropriately for the weather.

For 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 www.nps.gov/chch.

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