Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park, is an historian, teacher and tour guide par excellence. A frequent speaker at Round Tables and historical organizations across the U.S., Jim is a longtime friend of the KCWRT and our most visited speaker. In December 2015, the KCWRT honored Jim with a KCWRT Lifetime Membership Award for his dedication to Civil War Preservation as well as his contributions to the organization.

He will be our speaker for the December KCWRT meeting.

A native of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Jim graduated from Frostburg State College with a degree in history after spending his summers working at Point Lookout State Park and doing an internship at Harpers Ferry NHP. Jim joined the National Park Service in 1982 and served at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Russell Cave, and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania before returning to Chickamauga Chattanooga NMP in 1988 as historian, the position he now holds.

Jim has taught numerous history courses and written several articles on the Civil War. He also has appeared in several TV productions including “Civil War Journal,” “Civil War Combat,” and “History Detectives.” Jim, his wife Lora, and their son Jamie (born on the133rd anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg) live in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.