Submitted by Wayne Strong
The Tri Cities Civil War Roundtable will welcome Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park historian Jim Ogden to Kingsport for a rare Wednesday night program.
Ogden will present “Wauhatchie: The Rise of the 11th and 12th Corps to War in the West” on January 12 at 7 pm in Room 239 at the Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport. Doors open at 6 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Let’s set the scene. The reinforcements were massing in the west. Steamboats were getting ready. Assets to bridge rising Tennessee were nearing completion. A general concept of break-in and break-in had been developed. But there were still details to be worked out. With the Confederates dominating Lookout Mountain, could they thwart any attempt? The fate of Chattanooga and the Cumberland Army was at stake. Ogden will examine the reopening of exploitation of the Tennessee River in October 1863 which helped ensure the Union’s success in the campaign for Chattanooga.
Ogden, a native of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, says his interest in the Civil War began in grade school. He worked summers during his college days for the Maryland Park Service at Point Lookout State Park, site of the largest Civil War prison, where historical interpretation and research were among many positions he he occupied. As part of a college internship, he worked for four months at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in West Virginia, researching and writing about an aspect of the site’s Civil War history that had not been discussed before.
Since beginning his career with the National Park Service in 1982, he has been stationed at Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, Georgia and Tennessee; Russell Cave National Monument, Alabama; and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Virginia. In November 1988, he returned to Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park where he is still the Chief Historian.
Ogden has spoken to many groups and organizations, including Civil War roundtables across the country. He makes this third appearance at Kingsport. He also addressed the Gulf States Civil War Conference, the Confederate Historical Institute, and the Ohio Civil War Conference. He appeared before the Carolina County Historical Society (Virginia), the Fredericksburg (Virginia) Regional Chapter of the Virginia Archaeological Society, the Walker County Historical Society (Georgia), the Catoosa County Historical Society (Georgia) ) and the Sequatchie County Historical Society (Tennessee). Society. He has taught a number of Civil War History courses for the Continuing Education Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has published articles in several local publications.
He appeared in the Greystone Communications / Arts and Entertainment Network episode “Civil War Journal” on the Battles of Chattanooga and in the History Channel’s “Civil War Combat” program on Chickamauga, as well as in several other public education and television programs. . He commissioned more than 400 groups of US Army officers to conduct staff walks (an in-depth analysis of a historic military event) in Chickamauga and Chattanooga. He has regularly worked with army training and doctrine command school groups, such as the now former Advanced Artillery Officers Course and the Career Course for Armored Captains (formerly the Advanced Course of ‘armored officers), as well as with active service, reserve and national staffs. Guard units, organizations and activities. In recent years, its clients for staff trips have expanded to include the British Army Joint Services Command and Staff College.
Ogden and his wife Lora live in Fort Oglethrope, Georgia with their son Jamie.
Prior to his presentation, TCCWRT members are invited to dine with Ogden on program day from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at The Chop House in Kingsport. Dinner reservation requests should be sent to Wayne Strong at [email protected] or call 423-323-2306.