At the top of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga,
exciting, dramatic re-creation of the events in October and November, 1863
accurately details the actions of the Confederate and Union Forces in the
area of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Originally known as Confederama, The Battles for Chattanooga
Museum was located at the bottom of the west side of Lookout Mountain. Built in 1957,
Confederama became extremely popular in the 1960's, during the 100th anniversary
of The Civil War in part because of the strong Southern influence throughout
the small attraction. Twin Stars and Bars greeted tourists at the entrance
and ads typically included warnings for Yankees.
By the early 1990's the museum had fallen into disrepair and
the original owner died. Civil War enthusiasts realized what a loss it would
be if the museum closed and backed efforts to save the famous landmark. A
local business owner purchased the museum and all the contents. A grand refurbishing
was begun. Each of the figures on the huge battlefield was removed and cleaned.
Some were repainted. Wiring that in some cases was nearly 40 years old was
replaced. A new, digital soundtrack was recorded.
room darkens -- the battle of Chickamauga,
is little more than a distant flash of light. Moments later, the tiny city
of Chattanooga is illuminated, and our story begins. A daring late night
to open the "Cracker Line." The ill fated battle of Wauhatchee, where Braxton
Bragg refuses to commit the men needed (and promised) to Georgian James
The Battle Above the Clouds
sweeps across the side of Lookout Mountain. Union General Ulysses S. Grant
would later characterize this fight as a romanticized skirmish. The main
on Missionary Ridge breaks the Confederate
line, forcing a bitter retreat to Dalton. The Battles for Chattanooga Electronic
Map recreates the series of battles that many scholars consider the turning
point of the Civil War in the Western Theater.
of our favorite depictions on the detail of the "electronic map" is
the fighting at the railroad tunnel during the Battle of Missionary Ridge.
Here Confederate General Patrick Cleburne
holds off a numerically superior William
Tecumseh Sherman. The brutal, unsuccessful, fighting on the Confederate
right, which at times is hand-to-hand combat, forced the successful frontal
assault on Missionary Ridge.
Our hearts were pounding at each turn,
and the show is well worth the money. An excellent museum, which is free,
accompanies the show. There is a gift shop within the building as well.
Open: Daily 9:00-5:00pm
Directions: From I-75 take I-24 west to exit 178 (Lookout Mountain).
Follow signs to Point Park.
Also in the area:
History of Chattanooga
The Battles for Chattanooga Museum is a stop on
The Blue and Gray Trail