We checked out of our motel in Chattanooga, Tennessee at 8:30 AM and made the 12 mile drive across the state line to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia to visit the Chickamauga National Military Park.

Chickamauga was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. The military park at Chickamauga is the nation’s first military park and it is the largest military park.

We arrived at Chickamauga at approximately 9:30 AM. Our first stop was the visitor center. You want to start any visit to a national military park or national battlefield park with a stop at the visitor center. At the visitor center, the National Park Service employees can provide you with their expertise about the site and help you to make the most of your time.

We browsed through the exhibits inside the visitor center and watched a short 15 to 20 minute film about the historic events that occurred at Chickamauga. Then we began the self-guided auto tour of the battlefield.

When taking the Chickamauga auto tour, you use a map provided by the visitor center to guide you to specific points of interest in the park. There are designated stopping points on the auto tour at which you park your car and get out and look around.

The weather was a bit more humid than we Californians are used to, but I’m sure the locals didn’t think it was a sweltering day. At noon we were finished at Chickamauga. It was time to begin our drive toward Knoxville, Tennessee.

At noon we were finished at the Chickamauga National Military Park and it was time to roll back into Tennessee and head toward Knoxville. Our drive would take about 2.5 hours. At 3 PM we checked in at the Hampton Inn & Suites adjacent to the ballpark of the Tennessee Smokies, in Kodak, Tennessee. We had a 6:15 PM ballgame to attend, so we had 3 hours to relax in our room before game time.

At 6 PM we stepped out of our motel and walked next door to the ballpark to attend the Tennessee Smokies game. The Smokies hosted the Jacksonville Suns in a class AA Southern League game.

The final score of tonight’s game was Tennessee 10, Jacksonville 8. Box Score