Ringgold in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
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Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
Colonel John T. Wilders’ brigade of mounted infantry attacked Ringgold along the road from the north, coming in on Tennessee Street at the same time that Van Cleve’s men were coming from the west. Wright noted that they “continued to fire at the armed rebels, whose flight through the streets was hastened by Col. Wilder’s mounted infantry who came charging and yelling down the Knoxville road trying to cut off their retreat.” In his official report, Colonel Wilder blamed the untimely advance of Van Cleve’s men and the milling about as the reason of his mounted troops being unable to cut off the retreating Confederate cavalry.
Van Cleve’s men returned to their unit in the vicinity of Lee and Gordon’s Mills. Wilder pursued retreating cavalrymen through the gap and fought a brief skirmish with Confederate cavalry under General Nathan Bedford Forrest at Dick’s Ridge. Forrest fell back to Tunnel Hill, where he was reinforced by four regiments of Tennessee Cavalry.
Five days later, on September 17th, the Federals again came to Ringgold. This time, however, they received a surprise for the Confederates had received massive reinforcements. Longstreet’s newly arrived men easily drove them back to the west. During the next two days thousands of Confederate soldiers passed through Ringgold coming from Catoosa Station, they passed through the gap, through Ringgold and continued on to fight in the great Battle of Chickamauga.
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 34° 55.035′ N, 85° 6.521′ W. Marker is in Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Tennessee Street near Mountain Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Tennessee Street, Ringgold GA 30736, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Whitman House (within shouting distance of this marker); Catoosa County War Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Hospitals (about 700 feet away); Catoosa County Battle of Chickamauga (about 700 feet away); Flame of Freedom (about 800 feet away); Western & Atlantic Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ringgold Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringgold.
More about this marker. Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail, Army of Tennessee site #18
Also see . . . Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail Website. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,853 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 3, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.