Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
August 9, 2008 Meeting
|Missionary Ridge Camp #63, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War held our regular meeting at Point Park atop the Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Chattanooga, Tennessee at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 9, 2008.|
Our group entered through the main gate at Point Park.
From the NPS Chickamauga-Chattanooga website
"Q. Why does the entrance to Point Park look like a castle?
A. The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers built the Point Park gate and adjoining wall.
The entrance gate, which resembles that of a castle, was completed in 1905, and is the largest
symbol of the Army Corps displayed anywhere in the world."
Just as soon as we entered through the gate, our Camp surprised the Confederate Eufaula Light
Artillery Unit which was busily shelling Chattanooga. Not being able to resist, the boys in blue made quick
work of "capturing" the piece. Well, it was more like posing for their picture beside it!! Some of the
living history rebels thought the pose looked more like three yanks having heart attacks...
Some in our Camp thought the Park Ranger below was citing the 37th Georgia Infantry for allowing
themselves to get caught from behind by us. But, actually, the Confederate units were part
of the National Park Service's summer programs. At right, Jim Ogden, Park Historian, explains
artillery fundamentals to visitors and to ourselves.
Artillery shells can substitute as dumb bells - but this is not recommended, and in any case should only be handled by a professional artillerist (not dumb bell) oh brother...
Our Camp did eventually have its meeting! We walked the short distance to the impressive
New York Peace Monument (left) and met on the steps. Tennessee & Alabama Division Commander,
Kenneth Early (at right) also attended our meeting and spoke well of the Camp.
We primarily discussed the Camp's participation in the upcoming "Battle of Chickamauga" reenactment
that will be held on the 145th anniversary - September 19-21, 2008. The opportunity for gaining new
recruits at the reenactment was the main topic, and it was agreed to help out at the Division's table
during the event. Two in our group volunteered to serve.
Following our meeting, Mark Kemp, at right, took a moment to pose beside another cannon with a fabulous view of Chattanooga in the background. Point Park is one of the most unique battlefields in the world in that several different battlefields can be seen from the various overlooks!
Thank you Mark Kemp for the use of your photos - Webmaster.