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 to fall back into the fort. Maxey placed his artillery on the east side of the river, opposite the fort, and began a heavy bombardment. The Federals withdrew during the night. In assessing the significance of Fort McCook, General Maxey stated, "The work out of which the enemy was shelled is a spendidly constructed field work, and admirably executed; [it] is the key to the Sequatchie Valley, and its possession completely breaks the enemy's chain up the Tennessee River." For a time, the Confederates occupied Fort McCook, calling it Fort Maxey. The Confederates then moved up the valley to invade Kentucky.
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
General Brannan lost one of his men during the crossing. The private was attempting to hold on to a mule while crossing on one of the rafts. The mule became upset and in thrashing about struck the man on the head. The unfortunate soldier was dragged overboard and drowned. He was buried with military honors beside the river at Battle Creek.
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. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Pittsburg TN 37380, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. Birthplace of Jobyna Lancaster Ralston-Arlen (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bean-Roulston Graveyard (approx. 1.3 miles away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Pittsburg.
Also see . . . Fort McCook. (Submitted on January 12, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,320 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 12, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.