“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Athens in McMinn County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Road to Chattanooga

The Tide Turns for the Union

Road to Chattanooga Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2016
1. Road to Chattanooga Marker
Inscription. This interstate highway parallels the historic line of the East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad. Late in 1863, Union and Confederate armies followed the tracks during a series of battles in the fight for control of Chattanooga, a strategically vital rail center.
     Multiple Civil War-related sites are located in Charleston (Exit 33), near the location of a raid by Confederate Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s cavalry. The Henegar House was a headquarters for Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Cumberland Presbyterian Church served as a Confederate hospital. The Hiwassee River Heritage Center interprets the story of Union occupation.
     In downtown Cleveland (Exit 25), late in 1863 Union forces built Fort Hill to protect the railroad. A cemetery was established nearby, with the dead of both sides interred there. In 1914, the Grand Army of the Republic erected a monument for the Union soldiers there, one of three such memorials in the state. Fighting occurred around the Masonic Female Institute in Cleveland.
     The site of a major Confederate hospital is located near Exit 7. Silverdale Confederate Cemetery contains the graves of about 155 of Gen. Braxton Bragg’s soldiers. Most of them are unknowns who died in hospitals in 1862.
     Several units of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park can be accessed from Exit 3, including
Marker in Front of Rest Area Building image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2016
2. Marker in Front of Rest Area Building
Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, and Lookout Mountain. Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s victory there late in November 1863 turned the tide against the Confederates and resulted in Federal occupation of most of East Tennessee for the rest of the war.
Erected 2016.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 25.766′ N, 84° 41.37′ W. Marker is near Athens, Tennessee, in McMinn County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 75 at milepost 45, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the rest area between Exit 49 and Exit 42; it is accessible only from the southbound travel lanes of I-75. Marker is in this post office area: Athens TN 37303, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Athens (approx. 5.5 miles away); Samuel Cleage (approx. 5.5 miles away); Tennessee Wesleyan College (approx. 5.5 miles away); The Nocatula Legend (approx. 5.5 miles away); Petty-Manker Hall (approx. 5.6 miles away); John Tyler Morgan (approx. 6.4 miles away); Joseph McMinn (approx. 9.8 miles away); Harry Thomas Burn (approx. 9.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Athens.
More about this marker. The marker includes images of the Masonic Female Institute, Cleveland, ca. 1867 and of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on Lookout Mountain, 1863.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on August 31, 2016.
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