South Pittsburg in Marion County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
On August 27, 1862, Confederate General Samuel B. Maxey crossed the Tennessee at Bridgeport and moved north toward Fort McCook. After a brief skirmish, the Federals were forced
It was called Fort Thomas during the Chickamauga Campaign when occupied by General John M. Brannan's division of Thomas' 14th Army Corps. General Brannan had his men build a pontoon bridge over Battle Creek, and began using scrap lumber to construct rafts to get the division over the river. "I commenced to cross with the entire division and completed the crossing on the 2d of September, with the ammunition and baggage trains, having previously sent the supply train by way of Bridgeport. The crossing was rendered most tedious and protracted from having no transportation further than the rafts hastily constructed from such lumber as we could pick up, rendering it necessary in many instances to partially unload the wagons before placing them on the rafts."
Erected 2008 by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 35° 1.049′ N, 85° 41.706′ W. Marker is in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, in Marion County. Marker is on Jaycee Drive/Rivers Landing Road 0.2 miles south of Cedar Avenue (U.S. 72), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located in South Pittsburg's River Park, which is located near the former site of Fort McCook, just north of the TN-156 Tennessee River bridge. Marker is in this post office area: South Pittsburg TN 37380, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christmas Night Shootout (approx. 0.7 miles away); James Thomas Fitz-Gerald, Jr. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Birthplace of Jobyna Lancaster Ralston-Arlen (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bean-Roulston Graveyard Chiaha (approx. 1.7 miles away); Trail of Tears (approx. 3.3 miles away in Alabama); The TVA System of Multipurpose Dams (approx. 4.2 miles away); Love's Ferry (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in South Pittsburg.
Also see . . . Fort McCook. (Submitted on January 12, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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