Re-enactor Sgt. Mike Dodd begins a barrage of rifle fire to simulate the way Confederate soldiers engaged the enemy. Dodd is one of several members of the 37th Georgia Company, mostly comprised of re-enactors from Walker County. (Messenger photo/Matt Ledger)
A cannon blast surprises festival-goers but serves as a reminder of what soldiers on both sides of the Civil War faced during battle. (Messenger photo/Matt Ledger)
Gerald Wellington of Chattanooga is a re-enactor who represents the 44th Colored troops. He stands in front of one of many versions of the American flag during the Civil War. (Messenger photo/Matt Ledger)
Chickamauga held its annual War Between the States Day on Saturday, Sept. 17. It is held in conjunction with the anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 19-20, 1863. Saturday’s event included the Blue-Gray barbecue competition and Civil War-era displays with re-enactors firing cannons and rifles.