On Sunday, January 13th at 3 P.M., Chickamauga National Park Ranger Jim Ogden returns to the Franklin Civil War Round Table to present his interactive “Battle of Chickamauga.” His presentation last year of “Campaign to Chickamauga” was very well-attended and received.
The Battle of Chickamauga is considered by many to be a lost opportunity for the Confederacy when Confederate forces defeated the Federals in an epic battle just south of Chattanooga. To many students of the Civil War, it is one of the more complex battles to follow and understand. Ranger Ogden will give a unique and exciting opportunity to view this battle through the use of a giant floor map where participants will “walk” the battlefield without leaving the meeting facility.
Raised in Maryland, Ogden worked during his college summers for the Maryland Park Service at places such as Point Lookout State Park in historical interpretation and research while attending Frostburg State College. While earning his degree in history, he also interned at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
In 1982 Ogden joined the National Park Service where he has been stationed at Chickamauga, Russell Cave National Monument and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Parks. He speaks regularly to various groups including Civil War Round Tables all across the country.
Ogden has taught numerous courses on the Civil War including a recent class at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and has written many articles while appearing in several History Channel and PBS specials. He has led some four hundred U.S. Army Staff rides at Chickamauga.