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Ringgold in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Actions At Ringgold

Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail

Actions At Ringgold Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Tibbs, September 28, 2008
1. Actions At Ringgold Marker
Inscription.  On September 11, 1863 Federal forces from Van Cleve’s Division of the 21st Army Corps of the Army of the Cumberland invaded Ringgold from the west. At the same time, Colonel John T. Wilder’s Mounted Infantry Brigade invaded from the north. A few Confederate cavalrymen made a token resistance and fell back through Ringgold Gap. As Van Cleve’s men rushed into Ringgold, they encountered civilians who were attempting to get out of the town ahead of the advancing army. Many of the people had placed their belongings on a train. “I well recollect the confusion and dismay there was in their town,” J.A. Reep, a member of the 19th Ohio Infantry Regiment, later wrote, “ when our forces came into the place. Everyone was moving their possessions, when our arrival interrupted the work by capturing a train of cars, and a large amount of stores of various kinds and character. Among our captures made here, was a large amount of Southern mail, both to and from the army. The town was strewn with letters, opened and unopened. They were lying in heaps or scattered at random in dooryards, on sidewalks, along fences and hedges.”

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arriving in the suburbs,” T.J. Wright, 8th Kentucky Infantry Regiment [Federal] wrote, “our progress was obstructed by light paling fences. As each company neared one of these gardens or yards, a shout and simultaneous rush against these fences laid them flat as if swept by a tornado. The terrified inhabitants were fleeing in every direction for safety from our noisy boys.”

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.
Colonel John T. Wilders image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Tibbs, September 28, 2008
2. Colonel John T. Wilders
The Confederates then drove Wilder out of the area.

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 & StreetcarsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1855.
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
Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Tibbs, September 28, 2008
3. Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest
(about 700 feet away); 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.)
Actions At Ringgold Marker Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Tibbs, September 28, 2008
4. Actions At Ringgold Marker Map
Ringgold City Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Tibbs, September 28, 2008
5. Ringgold City Hall
This marker sits on the grounds of the Ringgold City Hall. The marker can be seen in the forefront.
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 2,008 times since then and 50 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.

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