Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
lies just seven miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee boasting a rich
military heritage and natural beauty dating back to the Cherokee Indians.
Fort Oglethorpe is home to the Chickamauga National Military Park, the
nation’s oldest and largest Civil War Battlefield. The Battle of
Chickamauga (September 18th – September 20th, 1863) was the last great Southern victory,
with losses totaling 18,000 Confederate and 16,000 Union soldiers.
The City is located on the
former site of the U.S. Army Post at Fort Oglethorpe (1902 – 1946). The
Post made significant military and medical contributions in World War I and
II, but was deemed too small to remain open. Sold as surplus to private
individuals, the City of Fort Oglethorpe was incorporated in 1949, making it
the first new city in the State of Georgia in 25 years.
Listed on the National
Register of Historic Places, the officer homes, band barrack, and guardhouse
on Barnhardt Circle surround the Post’s parade ground preserving the
military heritage that was transformed into the City of Fort Oglethorpe.