Living History enthusiasts will witness the events starting at 9 a.m. while cannon fire will echo through the streets of Chickamauga once more during artillery demonstrations.
Gordon Lee Mansion was built by James Gordon from 1840-47 and was most prominently used as Gen. William Rosecrans’ headquarters and during the Battle of Chickamauga as a Union field hospital.
Re-enactors will contrast the differences in weaponry. The Confederates used a British-made 1853 Enfield rifle, while the federal troops carried either an 1842 or 1861 Springfield rifle.
Lessons on the difficulties for all people during the Civil War, from the soldiers to the women, aided in many supporting roles, and even the 44th U.S. Colored Regiment which formed after Chattanooga fell into federal hands.
The Mullis Heartland refugees will portray what many families encountered.
Sen. Jeff Mullis’ great-great-grandparents were one of several farm families forced to seek refuge in the woods for 80 days during the Battle of Chickamauga, surviving on only what they could carry and by foraging off the land.
Campaign-style encampments with food and supplies will be on display to allow children a glimpse of the hardships faced by their forefathers.
After viewing the meager food choices that soldiers endured, visitors will be fortunate to dine at the Battle of Chickamauga BBQ Cook-off, which will have several vendors putting their best plate forward to honor the Blue and Gray BBQ of 1889.
Contestants can still enter the competition. There are three categories: pulled pork, pork ribs, and chicken breasts.
The competitors will have plates for sale to attendees.
Spectators will be able to ride an hourly shuttle bus between the annual Battle of Chickamauga events and first-time Balloons and Tunes event being held at the Rock Spring Industrial Park.
A period ball will be held at the mansion starting at 7 p.m. The public may attend, even those wearing modern-day attire.