Chickamauga Battlefield

Chickamauga Battlefield, near Chattanooga, Tennessee

Long before any soldiers came to battle, the Cherokee Indians gave the stream running through this area of Tennessee the name 'Chickamauga', which means 'River of Death'.

The Cherokee named the area the 'River of Death' due to strange activity by a spirit or creature known as 'Old Green Eyes' that has plagued this spot. The creature is described as tall with glowing green eyes; it also has long hair and distorted jaws containing ferocious looking teeth. Some have witnessed Old Green Eyes as a full figure, while others have only seen the beast's head floating through the foliage.

The Cherokee believed that this was a spirit of death that awaits hapless victims. The spirit is known to corrupt a persons mind turning them to madness and causing them to become violent, even to their closest family and friends. In 1863, that was proven true. Here, the Union army suffered a defeat at the hands of the Confederates, killing more than 34,000 men.

After the battle, wives of the soldiers would scavenge the area with lanterns looking for their fallen lovers. The area echoed with the wails and cries of the heartbroken women. Grieving women that stayed on the battlefield throughout the night claimed to see a pair of glowing green eyes floating near them and the sound of a deep and sinister laughter.

The corpses of the fallen men lay there decaying for two months before soldiers were able to bury them. Because of the state of the bodies the soldiers deemed with the burial task were not very caring. Three to four bodies were often stuffed into one grave. The graves were dug shallow; it's not uncommon for people to uncover human remains in the area.

Today, the area is a state park that is haunted by the ghosts of soldiers killed in battle. People have seen the apparitions of both Union and Confederate soldiers in the area. Some appear with gruesome wounds. Many have seen the ghosts of headless soldiers walking the area.

Others have seen the ghosts of the soldier’s wives still searching for their lost husbands. Typically they are seen and heard at night, carrying a lantern and sobbing.

Park rangers are often startled by the sound of footsteps near them, but they are alone. In addition to footsteps rangers have reported hearing the sounds of horses galloping rapidly towards them, yet there is not anyone around for miles.

In addition to the ghosts of soldiers, many visitors are driven from the park after seeing the glowing green eyes of Old Green Eyes.

Some handy directions:
From Interstate 75: At Exit 350 take Battlefield Parkway (Georgia 2) west to Fort Oglethorpe. Turn left at the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Lafayette Road. Go one mile on Lafayette Road to the park entrance and visitor center.

From Interstate 24: At Exit 180 take U.S. Highway 27 south (Rossville Boulevard) to Fort Oglethorpe. At the intersection of Battlefield Parkway, continue straight through the intersection onto Lafayette Road to the park entrance one mile ahead.

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Nov 15, 2007 3:01am [ 1 ]

i have visited the park alot and have had 2 scary stories that took place when we went there one was on snoodgrass hill ,and the other at wilders tower o halloween night it even involved a park ranger pulling out a gun telling everyone that was there to leave we were in danger. if you are intersted in hearing about what happened on these two visits you can email me and ill tell you what happened.

Mar 10, 2010 1:47pm [ 2 ]

i have been to the park three times and the first time i went there the first was on snoodgrass hill and the second was at the tower also here is a monument of a man with a chipped noes i have a pic to show.

Mar 23, 2010 7:19pm [ 3 ]

my freind was in boyscouts and he told me about a ghost of a indian they saw while they where playing tag

Apr 14, 2010 7:10am [ 4 ]

FYI, it is in GA not TN. And this is federal park, not a state park.

Darren Beene
Apr 14, 2010 7:55am [ 5 ]

I read that Chickamauga is not a Cherokee word. It is either Creek or Shawnee. And it is uncertain what it means.

Darren Beene
Apr 14, 2010 7:57am [ 6 ]

Oh, and 34,000 were the total casualties, including dead, wounded, and missing. It doesn't mean 34,000 were killed there.

D Scott
May 7, 2010 7:42am [ 7 ]

Hey Ive Been Up There With My Team investigating and yes one of the most popular places for old green eyes is snod grass hill got several unexplaned green lights in the pictures and a full body apperistion of green eyes good news is he is harmless he is inteligent meaning he knows ur there as well as you know he is there but dont worry he will not harm you he is just there to protect the spirits and bodies there most of the places you will see him is around places were bodies were buried or there are spirits there

D Scott
May 7, 2010 7:44am [ 8 ]

nicole it is in TN. its just out side of Chattanooga TN were my aunt lives so

May 21, 2010 9:46pm [ 9 ]

D Scott The Battlefield in is Georgia. Yes just miles outside of Chattanooga, TN but in GA. Just look at the handy directions that are given-GA 2, Fort O, LaFayette Road....all in Georgia! Or just under the heading where it says NEAR.

May 31, 2010 11:30pm [ 10 ]

chickamauga means land of death it got its name from the war in the town it wasn't even a town at the time it was the Lee family's plantation and the acuall battle took place in what is now chickamauga Gordon Lee the one that owned the mansion left all of his money to build the high school the memorial high school wasn't buit with that money what is now the central office used to be the high school and the elementary school is built on top of a grave yard.When the kendergarden hall was built it disurbed the ground and two janitors saw a shadow ghoost outside the principal's office shortly after.

Oct 17, 2010 7:48am [ 11 ]

Its true alot of paranormal activity surrounds the park soldiers and indians alike..the park is actually situated mostly in walker county and Barnhart Circle is the actual begining due to it being military barrecks. But good ole Georgia is the state its located in.

Oct 17, 2010 1:25pm [ 12 ]

Lived In Chickamauga for 33 years and as far as I know I have always been in GA! And the Battle was iintense here and alot of good men died! I have seen several different things throughout the years of walking that battlefield from a kid to adult. Things that would chill you!

Jan 29, 2011 11:25am [ 13 ]

green eyes is real!!! to the me and my freind went out to the woods and we so'le it!!! [ coverd up with leaves

Aug 13, 2011 8:08am [ 14 ]

D Scott, or anyone who may know about they give permission to Paranormal groups to investigate?

Aug 13, 2011 8:10am [ 15 ]

D Scott; or anyone that can answer this they give permission to Paranormal Investigators to come in?

Dec 29, 2011 10:48pm [ 16 ]

this park is in ga AND tn but most of the"hot spots" like snod grass hill and the tower are in ga......i have lived like 5 mins from the park my whole is one of the most beautiful places that i know of:)

Jan 21, 2012 9:16pm [ 17 ]

I live right outside the park like I can see it from my bedroom window and I go to Gordon Lee High School so I drive through the park between 2-4 times a day. I also ride horses out in the park alot and the creepiest places to ride are up around skid grass hill its always so quiet and my worst experienses in the park like my horse randomly rearing or bucking and I have also fallen off the most on the shod grass hill trail. And one time we were coming back late on a was almost dark and me and my friends started hearing a strange noise coming from the woods it sounded like sword a bayonets being shapened and this was out in the middle of the woods we weren't near any roads or houses in the area so there wasn't anything else that could of made the noise. But even with all the weird things that happen I love the park and living so close to it

Feb 7, 2012 2:02pm [ 18 ]

Our paranormal group Spectral Soul Seekers are located in Chickamauga Ga. We have investigated the battlefield and got some evidence from there. We also investigated the Gordon Lee Mansion , Crawfish springs, Coke Ovens and several other locations including the Historic Chief John Ross House in Rossville Ga. Check us out at or email us at

Sep 21, 2012 5:10pm [ 19 ]

i live in the battlefield and i was walking home last night and i heard horses running toward and it wasnt getting closer or farther away .. so weird

Adrian Miller
Jun 16, 2017 1:49pm [ 20 ]

Has anyone heard whistling or strange sounds? One of the places where troops were battling most is actually in the Visitor Center. Any comments?

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